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Bar associations are known for their frequent changes in leadership—yearly, in fact. But that's the elected leaders! Executive directors often stay for many years, providing much-needed continuity and institutional memory. When there's a new ED, what helps him or her get settled as soon and as smoothly as possible?
Police shootings and other troubling events that can cause community unrest are not just a black/white issue or a big-city issue. They're everybody's problem—and the organized bar has an important role to play in addressing inequity, breaking down barriers, and rebuilding public trust. That was the bold message of NCBP's opening plenary at its 2017 Midyear Meeting in Miami. Find out what was said there, and what important resources were shared.
When there's an issue that divides the community and involves law enforcement and justice, it's not just the bar association that often responds. More and more these days, bar foundations, too, are convening difficult but crucial conversations and helping people learn their rights and responsibilities. At its 2017 Midyear Meeting, NCBF addressed what some foundations have done lately along these lines ... and what some might do next.
What prevents someone from walking into your bar's office and hurting you or anyone else? Or causing a disturbance (violent or otherwise) at a special event? Or sneaking a weapon past woefully underfunded courthouse security? These were some of the rather sobering topics addressed by a panel at NABE's 2017 Midyear Meeting. Read this article and learn how to make your bar safer—and why judges need you to speak up for increased courthouse security.
When and why do women lawyers leave the profession—and the bar association? The answers, based on some recent research, might surprise you. At its Midyear Meeting, NABE looked at this important and persistent problem, and why no one should assume it's just a pipeline issue or a matter of work-life balance. If it's not that ... what is it? And how can bar associations help solve it?
In the next issue of Bar Leader, we’ll cover some of the highlights from the 2017 ABA Bar Leadership Institute. But we couldn’t wait to extend a special thank-you from the ABA Division for Bar Services and ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and services to all the sponsors who make BLI happen. If you’re reading this at BLI, make sure to stop by and thank them yourself!