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Tommy Wells' Blog So, what is it like to be president of the ABA? Find out by reading ABA President Tommy Wells' blog. Part travelogue, part journal, Tommy's blog helps you keep pace with the myriad of ABA activities with a warm and personal style.
- Elizabeth Derrico
Your Help Needed | Bar Services is preparing its 2009 Dues Survey. Please help us complete it by completing the survey when it comes to your e-mail in early December.
Order the 2008 Dues Survey.
The second issue of CPR Update, the Center for Professional Responsibility's newsletter for bar associations, is online here. This issue features several new state model rules and center resources.
The Perfect Search | In this edition of Legal Technology Corner, LTRC Research Specialist Joshua Poje breaks down Google's Custom Search Engine.
12/4 - 12/5/08
Access to Justice Civil Symposium

2/12 - 2/14/09
2009 ABA YLD Midyear Meeting
Boston | The Westin Copley Place
Contact: Bill Stanton

4/2 - 4/5/09
State and Local Government Law 2009 Spring Meeting
St. Thomas, VI | Ritz-Carlton
Contact: Marsha Boone

4/14 - 4/18/09
ABA International: Spring Meeting 2009
Washington, DC | The Fairmont Washington DC
Contact: Jenny Abreu

May/June 2009
Global Environmental Structures: Thinking Past Gridlock to Create a Sustainable Future
Vancouver, BC
Contact: Elissa Lichtenstein

10/1 - 10/3/09
Law-Related Education Leadership Conference
Contact: Tiffany Willey

Recommendation on Federal Role in Adult Guardianship
National Bars
Hispanic National Bar Association
Marisel Morales is the new executive director.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Tina R. Matsuoka is the new executive director. Click here for a press release announcing the hiring.

State Bars
State Bar of Arizona
John Phelps is the bar's new CEO/Executive Director. Phelps is a lawyer and veteran of the US Army. Click here for a press release announcing the hiring.
State Bar of Texas
Michelle Hunter is the bar's new executive director. She replaces John Edwards. Click here for a press release announcing the hiring.
State Bar of Wisconsin
Jan Wood has moved from member services director to marketing director; Mary Ruedinger is the new member services director.

Local Bars
CA - The Lawyers' Club of San Francisco
Stacie Eiras is the new executive director.
FL - St. Petersburg Bar Association
D. Craig Collins is the new executive director, replacing Jennifer Lake (nee Strockbine).
IL - Lake County Bar Association
Christopher Boadt is the bar's new executive director.
IN - Evansville Bar Association
Executive Director Susan Helfrich has retired. Susan Vollmer is the bar's new executive director.
MO - The Lawyers Association of Kansas City
Cory Unrein is the new executive director.
NY - Westchester County Bar Association
William Egan is the new executive director.
OH - Akron Bar Association
Donnie Long is the new executive director.
OH - Lorain County Bar Association
Jeannie Motylewski is the new executive director.
PA - Bucks County Bar Association
Deanna Mindler is the new executive director.
PA - Philadelphia Bar Association
Martha Phan is the bar's new director of communications. She is the former director of creative services at Temple University.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has unanimously adopted several recommended modifications to the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program -- including providing unlimited insurance coverage for IOLTA funds. For ABA President Tommy Wells’ statement on the development, click here.
ABA Petitions Bars to Promote Healthcare Directive
The ABA's Commission on Law and Aging is working with bar associations and other organizations to promote National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16. The effort encourages people to execute an advance healthcare directive, which only 29% of Americans have.

More than 100 organizations have joined the effort. For more about participating, visit the NHDD Web site. The law info Web page has resources for educating the public.

ABA Launches Grants Program to Help Poor Seniors
The ABA will be awarding up to ten grants of $2,500 each to states with emeritus attorney pro bono practice rules. The grants will be used to develop new methods for recruiting emeritus pro bono attorneys to take indigent adult guardianship cases.

Click here for details on the project and the request for proposals. For a list of states with emeritus attorney pro bono practice rules, click here.

ABA Launches Pro Bono Project for Veterans
Several ABA groups have established a project that will award up to four $5,000 grants to help states set up pro bono programs for veterans. The programs must operate through an existing emeritus attorney pro bono program. For more on the project, e-mail
Nomination Period Opens for Legal Access Award
The Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services is seeking nominees for its 2008 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. The award recognizes innovation in the delivery of legal services to those with moderate incomes. Bar associations are encouraged to enter.

The nomination deadline is December 15. For details and the online nomination form, click here. For further details, contact contact Tracy Loynachan at or (312) 988-6185.

Nomination Period Opens for Pipeline Award
The ABA Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity is accepting nominations for its inaugural Raymond P. and Sadie T. M. Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity. The award recognizes leadership in pipeline work by an individual or organization. The award will be presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February.

The submission deadline is January 9, 2009. For more information, and to obtain a nomination application, click here.

For your members
Nomination Period Opens for Judicial Administration Award
The ABA Judicial Division Lawyers Conference is accepting nominations for the 2009 Robert Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution in the field of Judicial Administration. For a nomination form and details click here. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 30.
Nomination Period Opens for Gov't Lawyer Awards
The nomination period is open for the Jefferson Fordham Awards, which honor outstanding state and local government lawyers and law offices. Nominations are due in February 2009. The awards will be presented at the ABA's 2008 Annual Meeting in New York City. For more on the awards, click here.
Nomination Period Opens for Legal Achievement Award
The nomination period is open for the John Pickering Achievement Award. The award recognizes lawyers and judges with outstanding legal ability and a distinguished record of service to the profession and their communities.

The deadline for nominations is February 27, 2009. Click here for instructions and the nomination form.

ABA to Honor Tech-savvy Judges
The ABA Judicial Division National Conference of Specialized Court Judges is accepting nominations for three judicial awards: the Franklin Flaschner Award for outstanding judges; the Judicial Education Award, for high quality judicial training; and the William McMahon Award, given to a judge, court employee, or lawyer for innovative use of technology in the courts.

For more on all three awards, and to apply, click here. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 31, 2009.

Second Season of Service
The ABA has revamped its Web site to help the more than 300,000 lawyers expected to retire within the next 15 years. The site,, has a search engine with volunteer opportunities nationwide, state-by-state pro bono licensing requirements, and a discussion board.

Ethics for Solos
The Center for Professional Responsibility has a new resource page for solo practitioners. The page has articles such as "Top 10 ethics traps," an ethics checklist for solo practitioners, and CLE programs.

Law Day 2009 Artwork Available
The Division for Public Education has posted the logo and other artwork for Law Day 2009: A Legacy of Liberty - Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial. Bars can use the artwork in their Law Day promotions.

ABA to Celebrate Pro Bono
The ABA's Center for Pro Bono has announced plans for its first-ever National Pro Bono Celebration. The event, scheduled for October 25-31, 2009, will "celebrate the difference lawyers make in communities" and be used to recruit and train pro bono volunteers. The committee has created a Web site for the event. Visitors can sign up for a mailing list and register to participate.

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