Bars Show Support for Pakistani LawyersAttempting to send a clear message to a nation 7,000 miles away, the ABA and other bars across the country have vigorously campaigned to support the lawyers and judges being detained by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
In its most public display of support for the lawyers, the ABA staged a rally November 14 in Washington, DC. An estimated 600-700 lawyers participated, marching past the Supreme Court and demanding an end to martial law in Pakistan.
Other bars have held and are planning similar marches. The Division for Bar Services has posted a Web page tracking state and local bar response.
The ABA is raising awareness of the crisis through an online toolkit. The toolkit includes a letter to Musharraf from ABA President Bill Neukom, and audio and video interviews from the November 14 rally. Also featured is an online petition from the lawyers of America. More than 10,000 supporters have signed the petition, which will be presented to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.
ABA Honors Texas Bar "Partner"The ABA's Division for Public Education has presented its 2007 Isidore Starr Award to the State Bar of Texas' Jan Miller. Miller, the bar's Law-Related Education director, was honored for her work on several educational programs for teachers and students. Said Victoria Hughes, president of the Bill of Rights Institute, which Miller helped to develop a seminar series for Texas teachers: "There is no better friend or partner in the field of civic education."
Former Bar Presidents Corner Diversity AwardsThree former bar presidents are among winners of the ABA's Spirit of Excellence Awards, which honor lawyers and judges who promote diversity in the legal profession.
Past presidents Lawrence Baca (National Native American Bar), Christopher Arriola (Santa Clara County Bar and California La Raza Lawyers Association), and Mia Yamamoto (Japanese American Bar Association) will join four other honorees at the association's 2008 Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles.
Nomination Period Opens for Legal Access AwardThe Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services is seeking nominees for its 2008 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. The award, to be presented at the association's midyear meeting in Los Angeles, recognizes innovation in the delivery of legal services to those with moderate incomes.
YouTube Reaches Out to NonprofitsYouTube has launched a program for 501(c)(3) organizations. Members receive a "Nonprofit channel" that includes a "donate" button in their videos. Click here for more.
ABA Report on Legal ProfessionThe 2006 "Pulse of the Legal Profession," an ABA-commissioned survey report on the legal profession, is now available from the ABA's Division for Market Research. The report was featured in the October issue of the ABA Journal. Contact Kathy Genens at (312) 988-5343, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judicial Intern Opportunity ProgramThe ABA Section of Litigation is accepting applications for a minority internship program. Called the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, it places minorities in summer jobs with state and federal judges. Last year the program placed 167 of 400 applicants. For details, click here or contact Gail Howard.
CPR Offers Help Implementing New Model CodeThe ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Policy Implementation Committee consults on-site with state and court-appointed committees reviewing the recently-adopted ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. For more on the program, contact John Holtaway or click here.
CPR Consulting ServicesThe ABA Center for Professional Responsibility is offering consulting services to bar associations and other law-related organizations. For details, click here. (PDF document.)
New Standards for Domestic Violence VictimsThe ABA is distributing and helping bars implement standards it recently adopted for lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. A PDF version of the standards can be downloaded here. Hard and Braille copies, as well as information on adoption and implementation, can be requested by writing the Commission on Domestic Violence.
Materials from 07 Judiciary ConferenceThe Sandra Day O'Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary has posted materials from its 2007 conference, The Debate Over Judicial Elections and State Court Judicial Selection.
New Resources on CPR Transition Planning SiteThe Center for Professional Responsibility has updated its Web section on planning for lawyer retirement, death, or disability. The updated section now features several resources from state bars.
Each publication listed, unless otherwise noted, can be ordered from the ABA Web Store, or by calling the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221 and referencing its product code. Click any publication cover to open its Web store page.
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