ABA Adopts New Model RulesThe ABA has approved a new Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology. The act was written to help resolve family law and probate controversies for which there is little legislative guidance.
The association has also adopted a Model Rule on Conditional Admission to Practice Law. The rule was created to guide states in monitoring bar admission candidates recovering from substance abuse or mental health problems.
ABA Committee to Hold Technology HearingsThe ABA is seeking bar association input at a series of hearings on the use of Internet-based legal services. The hearings will be used to guide amendments to the bar's policies on legal services technology. For more, click here. To testify or submit materials, contact Janice Jones.
Bar World Expands, Re-forms, RenamesSeveral new bars have recently been formed, and one has been renamed:
ABA Petitions Bars to Promote Healthcare DirectiveThe ABA's Commission on Law and Aging is working with bar associations and other organizations to promote National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16. The effort encourages people to execute an advance healthcare directive, which only 29% of Americans have. More than 100 organizations have joined the effort. For more about participating, visit the NHDD Web site.
For Your Members
Nomination Period Opens for Child Advocacy AwardThe ABA's Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for its Child Advocacy Award, which honors lawyers and judges who perform distinguished service on behalf of children. One award will be presented to a young lawyer, and one to a non-young lawyer. The nomination deadline is April 30. For more information, click here.
Application Period Opens for YLD Scholarship ProgramThe ABA's Young Lawyers Division is accepting applications for the ABA YLD Scholarship program. The program encourages lawyers to participate in the division. The application deadline is June 15. For more on the program, click here.
Nomination Period Opens for Outstanding Young Lawyer AwardThe ABA's Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for its 2008 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. The nomination deadline is August 28. For more on the award, click here.
Fastcase Now Free CaseFastcase has released the Fastcase Public Library of Law, described in its news release as the "largest free law library on the Web."
New Online Directory of Women's Bar GroupsThe ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession has created a directory of Web sites for women's bar groups.
New Resources on Judicial Criticism ResponseThe ABA's Standing Committee on Judicial Independence has announced a soon-to-be-released publication to help bar associations respond to unjust judicial criticism. The book, Response to Unjust Criticism of Judges, will include examples of unjust criticism, guidelines for determining when to respond, response options, and recommended educational programs.
In anticipation of the book's release, the committee has released Top Ten Tips for Handling an Assault on the Judiciary, a free, one-page tip sheet on responding to judicial criticism.
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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Legal Services Now
The latest issue of Legal Services Now, newsletter of the ABA Division for Legal Services, is now online.
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