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Celebrate Pro Bono Week
The ABA National Pro Bono Week, October 21-October 27, offers an opportunity to recognize the legal profession's pro bono contributions and bring attention to narrowing the justice gap. This year, under the leadership of ABA President Bob Carlson, the ABA focuses its pro bono efforts on disaster resilience.
NJOW was established to encourage judges and lawyers who support a fair and impartial judiciary to engage the community directly and to confirm the public’s commitment to ensuring that the courts remain fair and impartial. NJOW will take place March 1 – 10, 2019. Materials and tools are available to assist with planning your presentation.
The Judicial Division invites you to volunteer for the 2019 Judicial Clerkship program (JCP) at this year’s ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas. Through the JCP, judges work with diverse law students from across the country to introduce judicial clerkship career options, review student resumes and evaluate a student legal project.
New Resource: The High-Profile Case: Where the Courts & The Media Meet
The JD Courts and Community Relations Committee is pleased to introduce a new guide to prepare courts, media, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the community for high-profile cases. The guide includes two sets of materials: (1) A presentation for members of the judicial branch, including court personnel (such as clerks, interpreters and bailiffs), to provide to members of the public, the legal community, and the media regarding the unique challenges that judges face in dealing with high-profile cases; and (2) A checklist of issues for judges to consider when assigned a high-profile case. A PowerPoint presentation that provides an overview of the criminal and civil litigation process and explains the constraints on information sharing during those processes is also available.
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