- ABA Groups
- Resources for Lawyers
- About Us
The American Bar Association has unveiled a range of new insurance products available to its more than 400,000 members and their families. Included among the nine products provided through USI Affinity are two types of term life insurance, disability insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, travel insurance, long-term care insurance, pet insurance and student loan refinancing plans.Read More »
The current issue of The Judges’ Journal magazine, a quarterly member benefit of the Judicial Division, is titled “Blueprint for Diversity” and features practical steps that can be taken toward the goal of a diverse judicial system.
In the article, “Assessing and Achieving Jury Pool Representativeness,” the authors note that the Judicial Division’s National Conference of State Trial Judges, along with Paula Hannaford-Agor of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), identified a series of steps judges and administrators can take to determine if the procedures used to assemble jurors result in representative jury panels and improve the representativeness of those panels.
The steps focus on three areas:
Authors of the piece, all current or past members of the ABA Commission on the American Jury, were Judge William Caprathe, retired from the Circuit Court in Bay City, Mich.; Hannaford-Agor of the NCSC; Stephanie McCoy Loquvan of Moyers Sellers & Hendricks in Phoenix; and Shari Seidman Diamond of the Northwestern University Law School faculty. They concluded that, while some circumstances are beyond the control of the courts, the representativeness of the jury pool can be positively affected by court action.
In the same Judges’ Journal issue, Boston-based U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Bailey tackled another diversity issue, that of whether Article I federal judges reflect the ethnicity of the populations they serve. Bailey’s article, “Does the federal Article I bench reflect the ethnicity of the populations that they serve? What if the answer is no?”, noted the importance of the issue: By far the largest number of cases filed in federal court are those filed in Bankruptcy Court, and magistrate judges handle the day-to-day work in thousands of federal cases.
Bailey reported on research from Nancy Dunham, the fair employment practices officer at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Dunham found that, as of 2014, the Article III bench was 72.3 percent Caucasian, magistrate judges were 82.7 percent Caucasian, and the bankruptcy judge population was 90.9 percent Caucasian.
A roundtable discussion on diversity in the federal judiciary held at last year’s Annual Meeting in Boston, attended by Bailey, suggested why Article I judges do not reflect the ethnicity of the populations in the locations in which they serve. The principal reason cited was that the pipeline of diverse applicants is not effective, that diverse candidates need to be encouraged to apply, that the standards for becoming a federal judge must be well understood, and that mentoring and preparation are necessary. At the roundtable, Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes suggested the need to recruit minority law students to internships and clerkships to Article I judges.
A resolution passed by the ABA House of Delegates at its 2016 Annual Meeting in August in San Francisco, Resolution 102, urged the U.S. president and “appropriate parties” to recognize the importance of racial, ethnic, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity diversity for the judiciary. The resolution further called for expanding the diversity of the pool of qualified applicants, nominees and appointees, including without limitation, the use of diverse merit selection panels.
Violent extremist threats come from a range of groups and individuals, including domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremist groups in the United States, as well as international terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. Lone offenders or small groups may be radicalized to commit violence at home or attempt to travel overseas to become foreign fighters.Read More »
Law students can now upgrade their free American Bar Association membership to Premium Membership to access exclusive benefits and savings.Read More »
The American Bar Association wrapped up its ABA Annual Meeting Aug. 9 with its House of Delegates adding tougher language to a professional misconduct rule, expanding financial opportunities for law students, and recommending enhancements to broaden diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.Read More »
Promising to deliver to ABA members “what they need to better serve their clients,” President-elect Linda Klein outlined plans for her term after President Paulette Brown passed the gavel to her at the House of Delegates Aug. 8 at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Hilarie Bass of Miami became the new President-elect.Read More »
Linda Klein, senior managing shareholder at Baker Donelson, became president of the American Bar Association today at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. She will serve a one-year term ending in August 2017.Read More »