News and Notes

The Commission on IOLTA welcomes new members Eileen Letts, Cynthia D. Mares, and Jonathan Ross for the 2012 – 2013 bar year.

Eileen Letts is co–founder and co–managing partner at the firm of Greene and Letts in Chicago, Illinois where her primary areas of practice are tort defense and commercial litigation. An active member of the bar, Ms. Letts is on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice and co–chairs the ABA Section of Litigation, Section Annual Conference. Ms. Letts was past president of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Chicago and the Chicago Bar Foundation. In addition, she has been a member of the ABA's Commission on Women and liaison to the ABA's Special Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practitioners. She is currently a member of the American, National, Chicago, Cook County and Black Women's Lawyers Associations.

Cynthia D. Mares is Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. Having worked in both the Trial Division and the Central Intake Division of this office, her caseload covers a variety of ethical issues involving Colorado lawyers. Prior to joining the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, Ms. Mares served a Deputy State Public Defender in Denver for 15 years. She is the current President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the National Vice President of Sections & Committees for the Hispanic National Bar Association. In addition, Ms. Mares is one of the newest members of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility CLE Committee and a frequent presenter on Ethics issues throughout the State of Colorado.

L. Jonathan Ross is a Shareholder and Director of the Family Law, Domestic Relations and Litigation Divisions at the firm of Primmer, Piper, Eggleston and Cramer in Manchester, New Hampshire. Mr. Ross was past Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, as well as past Chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. In addition, he served on the ABA Board of Governors and was its liaison to the Commission on IOLTA. Mr. Ross was a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and Vice Chair and Director of the New England Bar Foundation. He received numerous awards for his work including: the ABA Grassroots Advocacy Award in 2012 and theNational Legal Aid & Defender Association Arthur Von Briesen Award. Currently, Mr. Ross serves as a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission.

Winter 2013 IOLTA Workshops

The winter 2013 IOLTA Workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 7 – 8 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting. The workshop sessions will address many timely topics and will provide opportunities for IOLTA staff and trustees to share ideas and network. For more information and registration, please visit http://ambar.org/Midyear.