In This Issue


Open Forum Showcases Senior Lawyer Vitality

More than 40 representatives from state and local bar associations across the United States participated in the Senior Lawyers Division Open Forum at the 2011 Atlanta Midyear Meeting, which highlighted impressive growth in senior lawyer entities and relevant programmatic activities nationally. The Open Forum was initiated and organized by the SLD’s State and Local Bar Association Senior Lawyers Outreach Committee. Many attendees also participated in meetings of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the National Conference of Bar Executives.

Domestic Relations

The Grandkids Are Coming!

After you’ve put away the crystal, locked up the silver, stocked up on treats and goodies, you breathe a sigh of relief and think you’re ready for the impending whirlwind of your first sleepover with the grandkids at your house. You’ve baby proofed the outlets to keep the toddler safe, you’ve brushed up on the latest video games in order to stand a chance at competing with your eight-year-old grandson, and you’ve forced yourself to listen to the local radio station for two days in hopes of being able to relate to your teenaged granddaughter. You’ve even scheduled a day at the golf course and spa immediately after they leave. You think you’re prepared.


From the Top: Numbers Count

A significant mile- stone occurred a few months ago in New Hampshire, where I have lived for the last 20 years, when Linda Dalianis took the oath of office as the 35th chief justice of the supreme court, the first female in state history. This capped a long journey starting over a century ago when the Granite State’s supreme court ruled in 1890 that women could practice law. Justice Dalianis achieved several legal mile- stones as the first female judge of superior court in 1980, the first female chief justice of the superior court in 2000, and the first female judge of the supreme court also in 2000.

Trusts & Estates

Book Review: The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs: A Guide to Family History, Financial Plans and Final Wishes

This book published in early 2011 by the Senior Lawyers Division of the ABA is for you, your family, and your clients. It provides textual explanations for personal and family information, for all types of financial information, and for estate planning and final wishes. It enables you, with its numerous checklists, to organize pertinent information that will not only assist you in organizing your files and records but will enable family members and others to have ready access to your history, your family history, your financial situation, and your final wishes.


A Chance to Travel: Iberia

We have about four weeks, which is hardly enough to get well started. Our flight from San Francisco to Madrid is by British Air, via Heathrow—about 24 hours from take-off to the Madrid hotel (but nine of those hours attributable to changing time zones). For us, Madrid is mostly museums. The Prado is having such a fiesta of Goya that El Greco, Titian, Ribera, and even Velasquez are hard to find. One could probably spend most of the month there. But could the feet and back hold out? And if one did do that, what else would one forgo?


State & Local Bar News: State Bar of Michigan Master Lawyers Section

As of 2007, more than 50% of Michigan’s active resident lawyer population was 50 years or older and more than 20% was 60 or older. Of those 60 and older, more than half remained in private practice. In recognition of a need to address the burgeoning number of lawyers approaching and surpassing traditional retirement age, the State Bar of Michigan undertook an examination of issues relevant to its aging lawyer population in the 2007–08 bar year with the appointment of an ad hoc planning group, comprising of Bar leaders, lawyers in the targeted age group, and members of the existing, voluntary Senior Lawyers Section (SLS).


Washington Scene: If it’s Broke, Then Fix it

As difficult as it is to fathom, the 2012 presidential and congressional election races, which are a year and a half away, are already in full swing in Washington. This does not bode well for finding compromise solutions to pressing fiscal, foreign policy, and social issues facing Congress and the Obama administration. Indeed, in recent years elections have polarized both the Republican and Democratic parties into positions that make it more difficult for centrist members in each party to work together.