|People | News | Resources | Awards | Publications | Archives||June 2013, Issue 45|
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Twenty-six percent of state bars and six percent of local bars pay a stipend (beyond travel expenses) to their president for his/her term.
OH | Ohio State Bar Association
Mary Amos Augsberger is the bar's new executive director. Her first day will be July 1.
CT | New Haven County Bar Association
Julia Baldini is the bar's new ED.
ABA Hosts First "UPL School"An August conference will offer the first central forum to discuss challenges combating unathorized practice of law. The "UPL School," to take place August 16-17 in Denver, will feature topics such as preventing notario fraud and mortgage relief scams. Volunteer UPL committee members and others charged with preventing UPL violations are invited to attend.
Meeting materials will be made available after the meeting. Contact Selina Thomas at email@example.com.
Register for the NABE/NCBP/NCBF Annual MeetingRegistration continues for the NABE/NCBP/NCBF Annual Meetings in San Francisco. The meetings, scheduled for August 6-10 in San Francisco, will feature information-packed sessions on professional development, and workshops on key issues facing the organized bar. All business meetings, programs, and select events will be held at the Hilton Union Square Hotel.
Attendees must register by July 6 to be included in advance materials. Register now at ambar.org/annual.
ABA Annual Meeting Gets AppThe ABA's 2013 Annual Meeting has its own downloadable program app. The app lets users review and download meeting events and programs directly to mobile devices, add events to their personal calendar and automatically receive meeting updates. Questions about the app can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Services Trade Mission to ChinaA government-sponsored trade mission to China will seek to open U.S. law firms to the Chinese market this fall. The mission, to take place September 16-18, will include stops in Beijing and Shanghai, with a focus on helping U.S. firms market their legal services to Chinese firms and companies. The U.S. Department of Commerce's General Counsel will lead the trip, with the support of the American Bar Association.
Applications are due August 16. Bars interested in joining the mission may go its website or contact Frank Spector at the Department of Commerce at email@example.com or (202) 482-2054.
DBS Has A MAF QuestionHave you been putting it off? Responses are due next Friday, June 14 for the annual Membership, Administration, and Finance Survey.
The blank survey takes about 30 minutes. Custom surveys, filled in with last year's responses, are available for bars. To get a previously completed survey, or if you're not sure if your bar completed last year's survey, contact Joanne O'Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 MAF will publish in late August.
ABA "Marches" for Gender EquityThe ABA is encouraging bars and others to participate in a virtual "march" for gender equity, including equal pay for women. The march, part of a gender equity initiative of ABA President Laurel Bellows, consists of clicking a link in support of the cause.
Disaster Resource Page Helps Bars Prepare for the WorstDoes your bar have a disaster plan? Visit the Division for Bar Services' disaster resource page for sample plans, advice, and other resources.
ABA Offers Non-Dues Revenue Opportunity for BarsThe ABA Books for Bars program offers bar members a 15% discount on ABA books, and pays their bars a 15% commission on each sale. Virtually no staff or administrative resources required from participating bars. To learn more, contact Jennifer Collins Ellis at Jennifer.CollinsEllis@americanbar.org or (312) 988-5561.
New Book Trains Young Lawyers in ProfessionalismA new book addresses a widely observed gap in practice-oriented professionalism education materials. Called Essential Qualities for the Professional Lawyer, the 20-chapter publication helps students and new lawyers navigate ethical issues such as civility, honesty, and "eProfessionalism." The book is available for pre-order.
Nominations Open for Young Lawyer AwardThe ABA is accepting nominations for the 2013 National Outstanding Young Lawyers Award. The award recognizes an ABA young lawyer in good standing who exhibits professional excellence, service to the profession and the bar, service to the community, or who advances legal ethics and professional responsibility.
Nominations are due August 31.
Gender Equity Contest OpensAn ABA Twitter contest encourages the discussion and exchange of ideas on equity in the law. Participants will tweet an end to the sentence: "My vision of equity in the legal profession is . . . ."
The contest ends June 30. The winning tweet will get a $1,000 Visa gift card. For more, click here.
Young Lawyers Professionalism Award WinnerAtlanta Attorney Tyronia Smith is the recipient of the 2013 Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award. Smith, who serves on the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Board, will be recognized during the NCBP/NABE/NCBF Annual Awards luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Silver Gavel Awards Winners AnnouncedWinners have been announced for the ABA's 2013 Silver Gavel Awards. The awards recognize exemplary media work that fosters the public's understanding of law and the legal system.
The winners will be honored at an awards presentation and reception in Washington, DC on July 23. The presentation is free. For more or to register, click here.
Marshall Award Winner AnnouncedChief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals is this year's recipient of the ABA's John Marshall Award. The award will be presented during the ABA Judicial Division Award Reception on Friday, August 9 in San Francisco, CA.
Visit our awards page for more on ABA awards open to bar associations.