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Leadership Development

Reap what you sow: Bar leaders as cultivators of civility

Remember when the law was a noble profession, bound by certain courtesies and expectations of behavior? It still is—but it needs support from bar leaders and members to help keep it that way. Joseph Paul Justice Burke III, executive director of the Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Law & Library Association, reports on a major project organized by the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Bar Association, and a simple, but effective step taken by his own bar.

Lawyer Wellness

North Carolina Bar Association offers TLC for lawyers with cognitive impairment

As the lawyer population ages—and does not necessarily retire—sometimes, cognitive impairment causes a stellar career to end in discipline and disgrace. And it’s not just an issue for senior lawyers: Some conditions can have an early onset. If you know a lawyer who is beginning to make mistakes, how do you have a difficult, but necessary conversation? Here’s how one bar association is engaging both its members and behavioral health experts to help protect the public—and preserve dignity.

Three state bars participate in ABA national dialogue on civility

Among the organizations across the country that recently received grants to conduct public programs on civility, in partnership with the ABA Division for Public Education, were three state bar associations: Vermont, Missouri, and Tennessee. Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) bar executive Joseph Paul Justice Burke III looks at those bars' outstanding programs as part of this nationwide “dialogue” on civility—and why the conversation is far from over.

Practice Management

Hashtags and shares for bar foundations: Social media no longer optional

It’s hard to believe, but Facebook turns 10 years old in February 2014! Many bar associations are now on social media, including the big three—Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—and often other platforms, too. But what about bar foundations? Here, experts Keith Kamisugi and Bilen Mesfin Packwood explain why even a short-staffed bar foundation should consider going where their potential donors and supporters are.