Widespread state budget cuts have had a serious impact on access to justice. Many courts, for example, are keeping shorter hours, and many public defenders and courthouse support staff are being laid off. Bar associations, bar foundations, and judges in many cities and states have joined forces to try to prevent these cuts and to remind the public and legislators of the importance of the justice system in American society.
Law firm layoffs and closings mean new law school grads are having a tough time finding work—and experienced attorneys find themselves in a crowded market, too. Bar associations are there to help, with job postings, career seminars, networking opportunities, and plenty of emotional support.
Across the country, state legislatures are considering tort reforms, especially caps on pain and suffering damages, in an attempt to address skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance costs for physicians. But many bar leaders, including immediate past ABA president Alfred P. Carlton Jr., say caps aren’t the answer. Find out why, and also see what the president of the American Medical Association has to say.
NABE? GLOBE? NAPABA? What does it all mean? In this handy guide, Roseanne T. Lucianek, director of the ABA Division for Bar Services, introduces new bar leaders to some organizations worth knowing. Learn these acronyms and you’ll be a more seasoned bar executive or elected leader!