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Trade, Sports & Professional Associations

Beating the drum for more lawyer-legislators: One bar’s success story

It's been said that encouraging more lawyers to become legislators is one way to ensure balanced separation of powers and adequate support for the legal system and the judiciary. But how can you persuade your members to run for office? The Iowa State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division recently held a Legislative Leadership Academy, and has plenty of good ideas for you to borrow.

Professional Development

Lawyer specialty certification: Competency and marketing

Specialty certification can be a great way for lawyers to develop their business without running afoul of advertising regulations or other restrictions on marketing. Assuring competency in this way can reflect well on the bar as a whole, and bars can also gain nondues revenue, whether they oversee the certification program or simply provide CLE that helps lawyers meet the requirements. Learn more about some successful state programs and how the ABA is involved, too.