February 28, 2017

We're in Full Preparations for Spring

The Hon. William D. Missouri

What happened to winter? Much of the country experienced unseasonably warm weather this month, and some cities saw the warmest February on record. Trees are leafing early. I hear people wonder with excitement whether spring is just around the corner. But, of course, the calendar says we still have several more official weeks of winter, so we need to wait and see whether the cold weather will return.


In the Senior Lawyers Division, we are focused on preparations for our spring. At our Spring Meeting from May 4-6 in National Harbor, Maryland, we will have our usual Council Meeting and also offer a very informative and useful program about a serious social issue.

An all-day program on Friday, May 5, will focus on a "hidden epidemic" that is devastating many families, and is becoming a bigger problem among older Americans: the abuse and misuse of opioids and other drugs. Our program co-chairs, Karren Pope-Onwukwe, Esq., and Judge Patricia Banks, have recruited informative speakers to explore this topic and offer solutions. Our presenters will look at the extent of the addiction problem from a medical perspective; talk through how local, state and federal governments are responding to the epidemic; and show how attorneys, the community and the court system can help families who are struggling with an addiction problem.

Our scheduled speakers include:

  • Rushern Baker, the county executive of Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh
  • Karren Pope-Onwukwe, esquire, an attorney with a specialty in elder law and guardianship
  • Dr. Mary Carter, director of the Gerontology program at Towson University
  • Karen Campbell, executive director of North Florida Office of Public Guardian

Registration for this for this all-day program is only $75. You can register now by visiting our information page or using the downloadable registration form.

Join us on May 4 at a welcome reception for our speakers and attendees. Our regular council meeting of the Senior Lawyers Division will be on May 6. We'll be planning the direction of the Division during the next association year and the years to come.

In the meantime, we hope you will spend some time with the articles in this month's Voice of Experience, which looks at important ethical issues involved in succession planning for lawyers and law firms. You will learn the ethical questions that surround closing a law practice. Other articles this month look at rules for setting up a surrogate attorney, tips for starting a mediation practice, and how the ABA's Model Rule 1.17 offers an ethical framework for selling your law practice. These articles were written by the staff and leaders at Downey Law Group LLC of St. Louis, experts in legal ethics.

Also in this month's Voice of Experience, Llew Pritchard, the budget officer of the Senior Lawyers Division, has written a personal account of his work with the ABA's campaign to provide legal representation to Unaccompanied Immigrant Children from Central America. I urge you to read his article and consider getting involved in this worthwhile program.

We hope you enjoy whatever may come from the rest of this unusual winter, and hope we see you this spring in National Harbor, Maryland.

The Hon. William D. Missouri