July 20, 2017 Message from the Chair

We’re gearing up for the ABA 2017 Annual Meeting

William D. Missouri


We’re gearing up for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association in the city that’s so nice they named it twice. The Senior Lawyers Division is assigned to the New York Hilton Midtown August 10 through 12 where our highlight event is the Council Dinner and Presentation of the John H. Pickering Award on Thursday evening. The 2017 Pickering Achievement Award will be presented to the distinguished defender of justice, New York Attorney Robert E. Juceam.  We have a personal look at Mr. Juceam as he is the Spotlight for this month’s Voice of Experience (VOE). It is an honor and a privilege to recognize him for all he has contributed to the profession and the community to improve access to justice. 

The Annual Meeting marks the end of the bar year and this was a strong one for the Senior Lawyers Division. We had success engaging the thousands of new members who recently joined our Division, and we produced excellent publications and webinars. The CLE program at our spring meeting in National Harbor, MD, helped shine a light on a growing problem of opioid abuse among America’s seniors.

The ABA staff wants to tell you about a rally at Annual to support the very important work of the Legal Services Corp. The concert and rally are to be held on Friday.  The ABA is lobbying to keep LSC fully funded.

The Director of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Charles P. Sabatino’s article, “The Human Rights of Older Persons Take a Step Forward,” is a report on the global human rights of older persons. The ABA is in support of efforts by the Organization of American States and the United Nations has put forward a resolution in the ABA House of Delegates supporting efforts to strengthen international and regional human rights of older persons.

Ed Schoenbaum has also written summaries of relevant CLE programs to be held during the Annual Meeting.  Read about them in “ABA Annual Showcase Programs.” In “Annual Meeting Takes CLE into the City” is another article this month. ABA President Linda A. Klein has arranged for CLEs to take place at various New York landmarks, venues and law firms in the city as outlined in the article.

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is looking forward to a successful meeting with a full schedule of events, CLEs, showcase programs, networking and of course the Council Dinner and Presentation of the Pickering Award.

Respectfully with best regards,
William D. Missouri, Chair
Senior Lawyers Division