2008 Law Day Theme ChosenThe ABA Division of Public Education has announced The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity as the theme for Law Day 2008, the 50th anniversary of the celebration. The theme will emphasize the law's daily effect on Americans. Click here for more on Law Day 2008, including the brochure.
ABA Looks to Spread Disaster RuleThe ABA is petitioning states to implement its Model Court Rule on Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster, adopted in February 2007. The rule allows out-of-state lawyers to provide pro bono to citizens in disaster-stricken states, and for lawyers from such states to practice temporarily in other states. The rule was prompted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated parts of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi in summer 2005, disrupting those states' legal systems.
ABA HOD Approves Disaster PrinciplesAt its 2007 Annual Meeting last month, the ABA House of Delegates adopted its Section of Litigation's Principles for the Rule of Law in Times of Calamity, 12 axioms to guide the justice system during a disaster. To read the principles with commentary, click here.
New Study Addresses Aging LawyersThe National Organization of Bar Counsel and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers have released a joint study and report examining the effectiveness of traditional attorney discipline on aging lawyers. The 85-page PDF report includes recommended 'best practices,' most of them bar-association focused, to protect the public while preserving the dignity of age-impaired lawyers. For a summary of the report's recommendations, read the news release linked to from the NOBC home page.
Cleveland Bars Plan MergerCrain's Cleveland Business reports that the boards of the Cleveland Bar Association and Cuyahoga County Bar Association have voted to unify. The memberships of both groups still must approve the agreement.
ABA Launches Initiative for ImmigrantsThe ABA is launching a pro bono immigration pilot project in San Diego. The project will train volunteer attorneys and law students to assist detained and non-detained immigrants and asylum seekers. The project also aims to educate potential victims of "notarios," predators prevalent in San Diego who fraudulently offer legal assistance to immigrants. For more on the project, contact Irena Lieberman.
ABA Groups Come to Rescue of Legal VictimsThe ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection, in partnership with the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, is establishing a pilot program for defrauded legal clients. The program will assign retired lawyers to clients victimized by dishonest lawyers. The retired lawyers will work pro bono to help the clients recover legal fees and resolve their original legal matter.
Texas Bar Gets PersonalThe State Bar of Texas has launched TexasBarCircle, a social networking site for members.
KCBA Wins Silver GavelSeattle's King County Bar Association has been awarded the ABA's 2007 Silver Gavel Award in the New Media category. The bar was honored for www.votingforjudges.org, which provides information on Washington State judicial candidates. Other winners included The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, and Court TV. For more on the awards, including a complete list of winners, click here.
ABA Commission Helps States Adapt Health Care GuideThe Commission on Law and Aging is helping state bar associations adapt its Health Care Proxy Guide for their states. Maryland, North Dakota, and New Hampshire have already adapted the guide. For more information, contact Erica Wood.
Revamped ABA Journal Web SiteThe ABA Journal has re-launched its Web site, www.abajournal.com. The enhanced site is free to ABA members and non-members and includes a daily e-mail newsletter, continuously updated legal news stories, a blawg (or, legal blog) directory, and journal articles dating back to 1995.
Guide to Building a Web SiteThe Legal Technology Resource Center has released a new, free guide for legal organizations looking to build (or re-build) their Web sites. The guide, FYI: Starting a Web Site, provides a broad overview of the process of building a Web site and step-by-step instructions.
Public Ed Division Offers Free Constitution Day PostersThe ABA Division of Public Education is offering free posters promoting Constitution Day on September 17. Bar associations can order the posters to distribute to area schools, many of which are required to hold Constitution Day programs. To order, send a message to Colleen Danz noting the number needed. For more on this year's Constitution Day, click here.
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Criminal Justice UpdatesThe Criminal Justice Section provides legislative updates on major legislation such as prisoner reentry, federal sentencing guidelines, indigent defense funding, court security, and juvenile justice. For the latest update, click here.
Career Resource PodcastsThe ABA Career Resource Podcast features career tips from national leaders in the legal profession. Released the first Thursday of each month, each edition provides advice to help lawyers distinguish themselves professionally.
Wills for HeroesThe ABA Young Lawyers Division has announced it has chosen the Wills for Heroes® program as its public service project for 2007-08. The program provides free wills, healthcare, and financial powers of attorney to emergency "first responders" – firefighters, police officers, and other public safety personnel – and their partners. During the year the YLD will encourage its affiliates and members to promote the program to first responders in their area. For more on the program, including how to implement one, click here.
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Blog of the Month
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Legal Services Now
The latest issue of Legal Services Now, newsletter of the ABA Division for Legal Services, is now online.
Clearinghouse Item of the Month
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Author: The Schapiro Group
Entity: State Bar of Georgia
This report on effective judicial independence campaigns contains the results of a scientific survey of 400 Georgia voters.
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Running for Office
ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
Harvard Law School
Contact: Nicole Martinez
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