July-August 2014

Listen!: The South Carolina Bar fends off an attack ad by first paying attention to signals

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Listen!: The South Carolina Bar fends off an attack ad by first paying attention to signals

When a political group ran an attack ad about a gubernatorial candidate who “made money off criminals” (because he is a criminal defense attorney), the South Carolina Bar was able to launch a public information website in response almost immediately. Its secret? Advance preparation based on careful monitoring of the political climate.

If you’ve planned more than a few bar meetings, maybe you’ve been in the unfortunate position of realizing only too late that your venue or program materials aren’t as accessible as you thought. As one recent case illustrated, a bar association’s good intentions are sometimes not enough. Here, the director of the ABA Commission on Disability Rights explains some barriers you might not have considered before—and how a new online toolkit can help you make sure that everyone’s included.

Whether it’s a CLE session, a program, a member benefit, or something else, coming up with a good name takes creativity and skill. To showcase this important craft, Bar Leader is starting a contest called One Great Name. Here are all the details.

Move or remodel? Rent or own? Those are just two of the perennial real estate questions we looked at in the last issue. In case you still have questions, here’s some additional advice, courtesy of ASAE and a commercial real estate broker with experience in the legal arena.

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