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Last Chance to Register for September Bar School

Today is the last day to sign up for September's Bar Essentials Bar School: Time Management featuring BLI keynote speaker Michael Brandwein.

Scholarships Available for 2016 ABA BLI

The ABA is offering five scholarships to help presidents-elect and other upcoming leaders of small bar associations attend the 2016 Bar Leadership Institute, March 16-18. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 13.

New Initiative Highlights Pro Bono Celebration

The National Celebration of Pro Bono will be held October 25-31. A new event this year, And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service, an initiative of ABA President Paulette Brown, will recognize the pro bono contributions of bar associations, lawyers, and other legal organizations. Bars can participate here.

Law Day 2016 Theme Announced

The 2016 Law Day theme will recognize the 50th anniversary of landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona.

Bar Leaders Roundtable to Discuss Solos and Small Firms

A late September gathering of bar leaders in Boston, organized by the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, will address best practices in serving solo and small firm practitioners.


State Bar of California 'Walks the Walk' on Bias

The State Bar of California is offering bar associations a complimentary copy of the film "Walk the Walk" as a tool to fight bias and discrimination. Designed for use in CLE programs, the film features scenarios at a fictionalized law firm, drawn from interviews with lawyers working in various practice settings.

To receive a free DVD, facilitator guide and accompanying materials, contact Patricia Lee, Special Assistant for Diversity, at, or call (415) 538-2240.

Bureau Offers Ethics Speaker Suggestions

The ABA's Professional Responsibility Speaker's Bureau offers speaker ideas to organizations presenting ethics-related programs.

The Leader’s Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within

A new book examines the core values of leadership through quotes from successful leaders.

Magna Carta Educational Traveling Exhibit Visits Kentucky, Missouri

The Kentucky Bar Association will host the ABA traveling exhibit on Magna Carta this month, with the Springfield (MO) Metropolitan Bar Association to follow in October. Bar associations nationwide are invited to host the exhibit in their area. Contact for more information.


Nominations Open for Women Lawyers Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. The awards honor women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Submissions are due December 4.

Policy & Legislation

ABA Expresses Support for Electronic Materials Law

The ABA is urging states to adopt the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA), a uniform state law that ensures the accuracy of online legal material.

ABA Declines Indiana Law School Approval Request

The ABA has declined to grant accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, IN.

ABA to Amend Model Rule

The Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility is drafting amendments to ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4. The amendments would bring the anti-bias provision now in Comment [3] into the black letter of the Rule.

ABA Adjusts Law School Approval Standards

The ABA has approved changes to its Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, and is reviewing several others. Suggestions regarding the standards should be sent by September 11 to


California Names New ED

Elizabeth R. Parker is the new executive director of the State Bar of California as of September 1.

For Your Members

CLE Program to Preview Upcoming Supreme Court Term

A free CLE program on September 21 will offer expert insight on the U.S. Supreme Court Term that begins in October.

The Paralegal's Guide to Professional Responsibility

A newly updated guide reviews ethics issues relevant to paralegals and other employees of law-related organizations. This fourth edition features updates and a new chapter on communications.

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Sep 2015, Issue 61


Top News
Policy & Legislation
For Your Members


SEP 9 | Register
Time Management
OCT 19
Engaging Young Lawyers
Registration Opening Soon
Nov 16
Dealing with Difficult People
Registration Opening Soon


9/9 - 9/12/15
IILACE Annual Conference
Washington, DC

LRIS Rapid Response Systems for Clients
Contact: Kathleen Hughes

Regional Bar Leaders Dialogue on Solo & Small Firms
Contact: Stephen Beam

10/28 - 10/30/15
2015 National Law-Related Education Conference
Contact: Pamela Hollins

10/28 - 10/31/15
ABA 2015 National Lawyer Referral Workshop
New Orleans
Contact: Jane Nosbisch

ABA Legal Career Development Expo
Washington, DC
Contact: Gwen Adams

2/2 - 2/6/16
Midyear Meeting
San Diego
Contact: Teresa Peavy

2/3 - 2/9/16
ABA Midyear Meeting
San Diego

11th Annual Summit on Public Defense
San Diego
Contact: Tori Jo Wible

3/16 - 3/18/16
Bar Leadership Institute
Contact: Maggie Bieniek

4/19 - 4/21/16
Washington, DC
Contact: Marisa Diaz

5/11 - 5/14/16
Joint Spring Conference on Group & Prepaid Legal Services
Key West, FL
Contact: Tori Wible

6/2 - 6/3/16
National Conference on Professional Responsibility



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