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Access to Justice, the Winter 2019 issue Daedalus

This is the first open access issue in the history of the journal, an indication of the importance of this topic to the Academy. It is part of a larger, ongoing Academy effort to gather information about the national need for improved legal access, study innovations piloted around the country to fill this need, and advance a set of clear, national recommendations for closing the justice gap — between supply and demand for services provided by lawyers and other problem-solvers.

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Receive a Judicial Division Recommendation for an ABA Presidential Appointment

ABA President-Elect Judy Perry Martinez has over 700 appointed positions to fill. If you want a JD letter recommending you to one of those positions, the process is simple. (1) Submit your application electronically at ambar.org/appointments. (2) Send an electronic copy to Tori Jo Wible and the immediate past chair of your conference. (3) The Nominating Committee will review applications at the Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas.

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Watch Prof. Frank Sullivan Receive a Surprise Honor at Diversity Reception

The former Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, Prof. Frank Sullivan, was the keynote speaker and the surprise honoree at a reception hosted by the Indianapolis Bar Association. The ABA Board of Governors named the research problem for the Judicial Clerkship Program, the Frank Sullivan Research Problem.

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The Judicial Division Guide to ABA Midyear

Learn more about the Judicial Division activities during the 2019 Midyear Meeting with complimentary events, meeting highlights, volunteer opportunities and much more.

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National Judicial Outreach Week (NJOW)

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.

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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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