Public Service: Access to Justice
In 2006, The American Bar Association resolved to urge "federal, state and territorial governments to provide legal counsel as a matter of right at public expense to low income persons in those categories of adversarial proceedings where basic human needs are at stake, such as those involving shelter, sustenance, safety, and health or child custody, as determined by each jurisdiction." The ABA thereby firmly placed the issue of access to counsel in civil cases on both the bar's and nation's agendas.
Since this time the Section of Litigation has sought to advance access to justice. In 2008 we took the next step by creating a fellowship, for a legal services lawyer to work with the Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel at the Public Justice Center (“PJC”) in Baltimore, Maryland to coordinate right to justice initiatives nationally.
The Section’s focus on Access to Justice includes: Pro Bono & Public Interest, Legal Services Advocacy Training, and Legal Services Delivery. Learn more about what Access to Justice has to offer!
Theme of the Month: Business Development
The Section has many resources to assist litigators. The theme of this month's email is Business Development. Here’s a sampling of materials on Business Development.
Key Subjects Learning
Did you know that the Section of Litigation has Resources & Key Subjects readily available? The Key Subjects Content Pages provide an easy way for members to browse the content offered by the Section based on popular litigation practice topics. Topics currently offered include: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Attorney-Client Privilege, Class Actions, Deposition/Witnesses, Direct and Cross Examination at Trial, E-Discovery, Ethics, Evidence, Juries, Technology for the Litigator, Trial Advocacy.
Small Steps That Lead to the Top
By Mark A. Drummond Before I headed off to college, my father sat me down. In addition to some fatherly advice, he gave me a copy of A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard. It was written at the turn of the century, and the language is dated, but its message has withstood the test of time. It tells the story of a person who takes on a mission and runs with it. In my opinion, it contains what partners expect from their associates, judges expect from trial counsel, and clients expect from their lawyers. Read More
The Practice Skills Toolkit
Most practicing attorneys know that the education received in law school is only a small portion of the knowledge that is needed, and needed as quickly as possible. Continuing education, new lawyer programs, and firm-sponsored training and mentoring all seek to provide new attorneys with the tools they need to succeed. Practice Skills Toolkit ADR is a compilation of articles, chosen by younger practicing lawyers, which struck them as helpful guides in the practice of law. Read More
A Streetwise Guide to Litigation
By Kenneth P. Nolan The law is a wonderful profession. It is also demanding and stressful and requires a multitude of talents—speaking, writing, researching, analyzing, advocating, and dealing with people. This engaging collection of articles, from author Kenneth Nolan, captures the insights and knowledge of an experienced litigator. Read More
Leaving a Large Firm? Avoid Burning Bridges by Paul Lehner, Solo & Small Firm Committee
If you are contemplating venturing out on your own, listen to Paul Lehner as he shares the strategy behind his successful transition from working at a large firm to launching his own business. Listen
Trial Advocacy Video Tips
Relationships that Endure - Marguerite C. Gualtieri, Support Center for Child Advocates, Philadelphia PA
Litigators should keep in mind that opposing litigants often have relationships that endure long after the litigation ends and the lawyer walks away from the case. This is especially important and critical when representing a child.
Retaining Business - David C. Weiner, Hahn Loeser & Parks, Cleveland OH
It is all about retention of business. How do you deal with your clients? David Weiner tells you the most important thing in dealing with clients is to avoid surprises.
Rainmaking Tips for Women: A Primer
By Michelle Foster
Women constituted a mere 16 percent of equity partners in U.S. law firms in 2009—unchanged from 2008 and barely up from 2006—according to the National Association of Women Lawyers’ latest Survey on the Status of Women in Law Firms. Almost half of firms have no women among their top 10 rainmakers; another third have only one woman among their top 10. The imbalance is having an increasingly negative effect on women. Rainmakers tend to be better compensated and are more likely to hold positions of power. It also makes them more marketable should they choose to switch firms. Read More
How to Make Young Lawyers Indispensable through Technology
By Ben Coulter
In a recent hearing in federal court, one of the partners with whom I work got the opportunity to use a tablet to make an incredible impact on our client’s case. The partner was cross-examining a witness, and the witness was testifying that his company had never taken a position that the partner knew that the company had taken publicly. The partner pulled out his tablet, accessed the witness’s company’s website where it had made the statements, and using the court’s digital overhead projector, showed the court on the spot that the witness was lying. Read More
How Can I Instill Confidence in Partners that I Am Ready for Client Contact?
By Anna Torres
My goal, ultimately, is to make sure that a young lawyer becomes polished enough not only to have contact with my clients but, more important, to develop his or her own client relationships. It’s a tricky scenario, however. Your demeanor, personality, and knowledge of the specific matter and substantive law are all being judged by the client in each and every conversation. Read More
NEW CLE Program
New Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Monday, November 25, 2013
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Eastern | 1.0 CLE credits requested
Panelists, including the Chair of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee, will discuss the changes to Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, going into effect December 1, 2013:
- What has been amended
- Why changes were made
- How they will affect your practice
Two easy ways to learn more and register: Visit us online or call the ABA at 800-285-2221.
Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint CLE Seminar
January 30–February 1, 2014
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa
Beaver Creek, CO
Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
February 13–16, 2014
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, CA
Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar
March 5–8, 2014
Loews Ventana Canyon
Section Annual Conference
April 9–11, 2014
The Phoenician Resort
SMALL CASES, BIG COSTS: MANAGING E-DISCOVERY WITHOUT GETTING SQUEEZED
Presented by the Solo & Small Firms and Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committees
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
CLOSING THE GAP: STEPS TO ACHIEVE GENDER PAY EQUITY IN LAW FIRM COMPENSATION
Presented by the Woman Advocate Committee and cosponsored by the Mass Torts Committee and the Commission on Women in the Profession
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
We welcome your questions, which can be emailed in advance or during the presentation to meeting cochair Bronwyn Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the list of upcoming Roundtable programs and register online.