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What will attract and retain new lawyers as loyal, career-long members and volunteers? You might be relieved to learn that what many new lawyers value is something very old-fashioned and simple: the personal touch. Here's how some bars are reaching out to their newest members.
At the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, ABA President Stephen N. Zack and a panel of bar leaders and education experts were on hand to discuss how lawyers can help address the current crisis in civic education. Find out how bars can work with their local schools to make sure youth know the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and the value of our system of government and law.
The subject of this issue's cover story was also the focus of a workshop at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Bar Executives. To add to your knowledge of how your colleagues are reaching and retaining young lawyers, here's a recap of that session.
What do young lawyers in your area know about the profession and what it means to be a lawyer? About the importance of treating other lawyers well and developing lasting friendships with them? About your bar and all the "intangibles" it offers? William R. Bay, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, urges you to help shape the future of the profession by reaching out to a new lawyer today.