YourABA September 2013 Masthead

YourABA September 2013

Meet new ABA President James R. Silkenat
The incoming president, a New York lawyer with a long record of service at the American Bar Association, speaks about his goals, key issues in the profession and more.
Legal Access Job Corps is top priority >>

For more on the 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco,
see issues 1 and 2 of our special coverage.

Plan in advance to handle crisis communications
Companies should develop at the minimum a broad communications plan to handle any type of crisis, experts said during a panel discussion on corporate ethics and the role of legal counsel at the Annual Meeting.
Plan should incorporate these key personnel >>

Review of the billable hour finds few signs of life
Participants at an Annual Meeting program discussed the rise of alternative fee arrangements and the resulting challenges.
Basis of any AFA is "trust, fairness and transparency" >>

Encryption, complex passwords are best ways to protect client data
Experts explained the wide variety of information security risks facing law firms and how lawyers can best protect their data from those threats at an Annual Meeting program.
New threat: wireless network penetration devices >>

How to better serve corporate clients
Focusing on cost control and staffing matters efficiently can keep corporate clients satisfied.
Advice from litigators and general counsel >>

5 female lawyers honored with 2013 Margaret Brent Awards
The honorees, who paved the way for women in the legal profession, were honored at a reception at the Annual Meeting.
Distinguished past honorees include Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg >>

Legal career counselors share 10 tips on how to achieve work-life goals
A panel of 10 experienced legal career coaches revealed to young lawyers concrete strategies for successful career advancement at the program "CareerLine LIVE!" during the Annual Meeting.
How to become practice-ready and professionally confident >>

Law firm leaders explore what millennial lawyers think about diversity and inclusion
Law firms that don't develop diversity and inclusion programs are more likely to miss out on the new generation of lawyers, according to a panel of experts at an Annual Meeting program.
Why millenials matter >>

DOMA, Prop 8 rulings leave web of employment benefits laws to untangle
A panel of legal experts at the Annual Meeting discussed the ramifications of the court decisions for the employment sector and the questions that have arisen, including who qualifies as a spouse and who is eligible for what benefits.
Will all legally married same-sex couples be eligible for all federal benefits regardless of where those couples live? >>

What you need to know about minimizing data breaches
Panelists at the Annual Meeting program "Preparing for the Inevitable: What Every Company Should Know About Minimizing Data Breaches" discussed the process by which companies respond to cyberattacks.
The most important thing to preserve >>

New jobs posted on the ABA Job Board

Provision Health Care Partners, LLC
Knoxville — Aug. 22

Armstrong Teasdale
St. Louis — Aug. 21

Lincoln Financial Group
Radnor, Pa. — Aug. 20


State Street Corporation
Boston — Aug. 19

Browse all job postings
on the ABA Job Board

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Eye on Ethics

Shades of Rashomon:
2 views of 48 hours in the life of a client

Seeing communication issues from the client's point of view is crucial. Even a positive outcome may not erase the frustration of waiting for a call or email.

ABA Model Rule 1.4 can help >>

Technology Translators

Practical encryption:
3 tips for the average lawyer

These simple tips describe situations where you might want to use encryption, and more important, how you can get started.

Saving to a thumb drive can be risky >>

Professional Development

Monday, September 16

The CLE Premier Speaker Series showcases a faculty of today's most prominent and influential legal practitioners. Each monthly program is available free of charge to ABA members.

A Conversation on the Supreme Court featuring Jeffrey Rosen, president and chief executive officer, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia.


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