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    Sally Yates to headline ABA’s white collar crime conference, Oct. 8-9, in London

    September 20, 2018 3:25 PM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2018Sally Yates, former deputy and acting U.S. Attorney General at the Department of Justice, will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the American Bar Association’s Seventh Annual London White Collar Crime Institute, Oct. 8-9, in London.

    Yates, currently a partner at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, was serving as acting attorney general when she was dismissed in 2017 after declining to defend President Donald Trump’s travel ban. She will deliver the keynote address on Monday, Oct. 8, from 1-2:15 p.m.

    What:  
    Seventh Annual London White Collar Crime Institute
    Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section

    When: 
    Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9

    Where:
    Law Offices of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Adelaide House, London Bridge
    London, United Kingdom
    EC4R 9HA

    Kicking off the two-day conference will be an “Opening Roundtable Discussion” from 9:15-9:55 a.m., featuring Sandra Moser, acting chief of the Fraud Section at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.; and Lisa Kate Osofsky, director of London’s Serious Fraud Office.

    Day 2 of the conference will feature two plenary sessions on white collar crime hypothetical exercises, on investigations and prosecutions.

    Other program highlights include:

    “Plenary Session I – Challenges to International Lawyers: Navigating Issues of Attorney/Client Privilege, Border Searches and More” — The panel will focus on the challenges for lawyers working in cross border/international cases in navigating attorney-client and work-product privileged issues; the recent search and seizure of corporate and private law offices in Germany in the VW/Audi investigation and other instances of privileged materials being subjected to government scrutiny. The panel will also address the increasing risk of search of digital devices at the border, including attorney-client privileged materials; and will explore the risks regarding the privilege in different countries and recommendations going forward.

    Monday, 10-11:15 a.m.

    “Plenary Session II – International Perspectives: A Comparative Look at Jurisdictions Around the World” — With a specific focus on trends from Brazil, China, France and Germany, panelists will look at key issues when managing a global investigation in an evolving world. Topics include dealing with local authorities – and what they may take an interest in, privilege and work product – including with respect to third-party service providers, data protection – including GDPR, carrying out interviews of employee and third parties and whistleblower protection.

    Monday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

    “Plenary Session IV – Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain” — This panel will discuss recent global trends in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, including an overview of the regulatory landscapes in the various countries across the globe.

    Monday, 4:15-5:30 p.m.

    The complete agenda can be found online.

    This event is open to members of the press at no charge. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    New ABA book guides attorneys through new rules in intellectual property valuation

    September 20, 2018 11:19 AM by glynnj

    CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2018 — The American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law’s recently released book, “IP Valuation for the Future: Trends, Techniques, and Case Studies is a guide for attorneys and other professionals who handle intellectual property in the  digital terrain. The book explains IP’s role in the business landscape and shows ways to manage it effectively for the future.

    Authored by asset expert Weston Anson, the guidebook addresses the proliferation of platforms and the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in society, stock markets and innovation. With case studies and based on legal precedents, the new book provides a high level of awareness for bankers, financial professionals, venture capitalists and other Wall Street professionals as their boardrooms and their portfolios adapt to new technology.

    Anson is chairman of CONSOR®, an intellectual asset consulting firm based in La Jolla, Calif., specializing in trademark, patent and copyright licensing; valuations; and expert testimony. He served for 10 years as an officer and board member of the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association and is a lifetime member of the Board of Advisors. Anson, who received his MBA from Harvard, currently serves as an active member of the International Licensing Executives Society board of delegates.

    He was chairman of the Global Valuation Standards Committee for the LESI, which established IP Valuation standards in cross border IP transactions. These standards were adopted in 2011 at the Global Technology Forum, which included World IP bodies such as World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization and the Association of University Technology Managers.

    Title:                            IP Valuation for the Future: Trends, Techniques, and Case Studies
    Publisher:                    ABA Book Publishing
    Pages:                         250 pages
    Product Code:             5370237
    ISBN:                           978-1-64105-227-6
    Size:                            7 x 10, paperback
    Price:                           $89.95
    Orders:                        800-285-2221 or shopaba.org

    Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Amelia Stone at Amelia.Stone@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Amelia Stone, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

    With more than 17,000 members the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law provides the highest quality information, analysis and practice tools to intellectual property lawyers, and serves as the thoughtful source of information and commentary for policymakers as they consider legislation affecting the law and regulations in intellectual property matters. The section is respected and known as the premier resource for knowledge in this increasingly important and complex area of law.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    ABA Air and Space Law conference to note 40th anniversary of the Airline Deregulation Act

    September 20, 2018 10:58 AM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2018 —  Leading experts in aviation and space, senior executives and key government officials will convene at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air and Space Law Annual Meeting and Conference on Sept. 27-28 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago.

    On Thursday, Sept. 27, Robert Rivkin, deputy mayor of Chicago and formerly the Department of Transportation’s general counsel and senior vice president at Delta Airlines, will give welcome remarks at 8:30 am. Fred Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., will give the keynote address during the luncheon from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm.

    What:     
    Annual Meeting & Conference
    Presented by the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law

    When:    
    Thursday-Friday, Sept. 27-28

    Where:   
    InterContinental Hotel,
    505 N. Michigan Ave.,
    Chicago, IL 60611

    The two-day forum will feature experts from leading air and space law firms, private companies, McGill University, United Airlines, U.S. Department of Transportation, FedEx, National Consumers League, NOAA, Office of Space Commerce-U.S. Department of Commerce, Republic Airways, Association of Flight Attendants, Air Line Pilots Association, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Consumers Union, Air University-U.S. Air Force, Alaska Airlines, GE Capital Aviation Services, JetSuites and Amazon. They will explore hot button issues in aviation and aerospace on such topics as  drones, space law, aircraft finance, antitrust, and consumer protection.

    In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Airline Deregulation Act, sessions will review the historical act, which was signed into law on Oct. 24, 1978. It was the first time that an industry was deregulated in the United States and opened the door for increased competition, efficiency and innovation.

    Conference sessions will also look forward at regulation in the Trump era and beyond. Discussions about cybersecurity, regulation reform, airports, distribution, labor and commercial space will be explored.

    A complete agenda can be found online.

    There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

    #MeToo, technology changes headline ABA professionalism event in Las Vegas

    September 20, 2018 10:46 AM by glynnj

    CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2018 — A major legal conference starting Sept. 26, hosted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, will explore a variety of professional issues, including sexual harassment in the legal profession, technology challenges, trends for mandatory professional liability insurance and the art of storytelling in the law.

    What:              
    Fall 2018 National Legal Malpractice Conference

    When:             
    Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 26-28, 2018

    Where:            
    Encore Las Vegas
    3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, Nev. 89109

    Jonathan Shapiro, a former federal prosecutor turned Hollywood writer and producer, will lead the opening plenary session in the Encore Room on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8:45 a.m., discussing “The Art of Storytelling.” Shapiro has either singly or teamed up to create and produce some of television’s most iconic law-themed television shows, including “The Blacklist,” “Boston Legal,” “The Firm” and “The Practice.” Working with David E. Kelley, he is the creator and executive producer of “Goliath” on Amazon Prime, which was the winner of the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama (Billy Bob Thornton).

    Other program highlights include:

    “Blockchain Technology in the Practice of Law and Insurance” — Blockchain technology, which allows digital information to be distributed but not copied, is a reality facing lawyers and not a distant future event. The promise of blockchain is a single source of truth. An expert panel will explore actual blockchain applications including cryptocurrency and smart contracts to assist lawyers in recognizing blockchain usage and prepare for development and growth of this disruptive force.

    Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Encore Room

    “#MeToo in the Law Firm: Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination and Other Employment Exposures in 2018” — Since the unprecedented and momentous developments known as the #MeToo Movement exploded last fall, claims against law firms based on sexual harassment, gender discrimination and pay/promotion disparity issues have become a daily fixture in the legal press. The panel will discuss how the law firm exposure landscape has been fundamentally altered by these developments; explore the unique challenges these employment-based claims pose for law firms; and provide insight on defense, resolution and avoidance strategies.
    Thursday, 3-4:15 p.m., Encore Room

    Et tu, California? Mandatory Professional Liability Insurance, Disclosure and Other Efforts to Insure Attorneys and Protect the Public” — Two states recently passed measures mandating professional liability insurance for lawyers, the first to do so since Oregon created its Professional Liability Fund in 1978. Some states have considered and rejected a mandatory insurance model; still others have added teeth to mandatory disclosure rules. California, with 266,000 licensed attorneys, is conducting a statutorily mandated study of all insurance options through a Malpractice Insurance Working Group. The panel breaks down the considerable issues involved in protecting the public.
    Friday, 9-10:15 a.m., Encore Room

    The complete conference program can be found online.

    All sessions are open to the media but pre-registration is necessary. To register, please contact Bill Choyke at 202-662-1864 or bill.choyke@americanbar.org.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement on line. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    American Bar Association program Sept. 25 previews upcoming Supreme Court term

    September 20, 2018 10:39 AM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2018 — Key cases that will be before the Supreme Court when the new term begins on Monday, Oct. 1, will be “on the docket” during a program open to the public Sept. 25, sponsored by the American Bar Association and the American University Washington College of Law.

    “Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term.” will feature legal experts on the court discussing the latest developments in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Other topics will include cases involving the Eighth Amendment, including the death penalty and “excessive fines” state can levy; antitrust case involving iPhone apps; the federal sex offender registry; Double Jeopardy clause dual sovereign doctrine; employment age discrimination; and living space for frogs.

    What:   "On the Docket: Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term"
    Sponsored by ABA Division for Public Education and the American University Washington College of Law Program in Law and Government

    When: 
    Tuesday, Sept. 25
    12-1:20 p.m. ET

    Where:
    American University, Washington College of Law
    Claudio Grossman Hall
    4300 Nebraska Ave., NW
    Washington, D.C.

    American University will live stream the program. It will be available to view online for download following the program.

    Moderating the discussion will be Stephen Wermiel, professor of Practice in Constitutional Law at the American University Washington College of Law. He is the author of a monthly column on SCOTUSblog.com aimed at explaining the Supreme Court to law students. A former Supreme Court reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Wermiel covered and interpreted more than 1,300 Supreme Court decisions and analyzed legal trends for 12 years.

    The panelists are:

    • Beth Brinkmann, an attorney and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP, is an experienced appellate and Supreme Court litigator. She has argued 24 cases before the Court. She is the former deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

    • Angela Davis, professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, she is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. She is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor Oxford University Press 2007).

    • Sarah Harrington, partner at Goldstein and Russell, P.C. She is the former assistant to the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice. She argued 20 cases before the Supreme Court and has written merits brief in more than a dozen additional cases.

    • Adam Liptak, a lawyer and the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times.


    This event is free to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

    This program is hosted by Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, the single-most comprehensive source of information on and analysis of matters before the Supreme Court, giving you a ringside seat to every case argued. Preview publishes monthly while the Supreme Court is in session, and includes a wrap-up issue reviewing the year at the end of the session.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    ABA issues new guidance on what a lawyer should do before, after a disaster happens

    September 18, 2018 3:03 PM by glynnj

    CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2018 —The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released today Formal Opinion 482 that underscores the importance of ABA model rules for lawyers affected by disasters and provides specific guidance on their ethical responsibilities in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

    The formal opinion notes that recent large-scale disasters, such as Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, highlight the need for lawyers to understand that extreme weather events and other calamities have the potential to destroy property or cause the long-term loss of power. Lawyers, in turn, have an ethical obligation to implement reasonable measures to safeguard property and funds they hold for clients or third parties, prepare for business interruption and keep clients informed about how to contact them or their successor counsel.

    Specifically, the opinion underscores the importance for lawyers to know these ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct:

    • Model Rule 1.4 (communication), which requires them to take reasonable steps to communicate with clients after a disaster.

    • Model Rule 1.1 (competence), which requires them to develop sufficient competence in technology to meet their obligations under the rules after a disaster.

    • Model Rule 1.15 (safekeeping property), which requires them to protect trust accounts, documents and property the lawyer is holding for clients or third parties.

    • Model Rule 5.5 (multijurisdictional practice). which limits practice by lawyers displaced by a disaster.

    • Model Rules 7.1 through 7.3, which limit lawyers’ advertising directed to and solicitation of disaster victims.


    “Lawyers must be prepared to deal with disasters,” the ABA opinion said. “Foremost among a lawyer’s ethical obligations are those to existing clients, particularly in maintaining communication. Lawyers must also protect documents, funds and other property the lawyer is holding for clients or third parties. By proper advance preparation and taking advantage of available technology during recovery efforts, lawyers will reduce the risk of violating professional obligations after a disaster.”

    The formal opinion is the latest of several ABA initiatives in recent years that focus on disaster relief and legal issues.

    The ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness works to educate lawyers, bar associations and the justice system on how to prepare for and respond to disasters and provides helpful information on its website. Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency provide immediate temporary legal assistance to eligible disaster survivors at no charge. Also, the 2018 10th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono next month focuses on helping disaster survivors with their countless legal issues — including insurance disputes, FEMA appeals, landlord tenant disputes, consumer fraud, health and education issues.

    The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility periodically issues ethics opinions to guide lawyers, courts and the public in interpreting and applying ABA model ethics rules to specific issues of legal practice, client-lawyer relationships and judicial behavior. Formal Opinion 482 and other ABA ethics opinions are available on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility website.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    Richmond, Va., lawyer Vicki O. Tucker elected chair of ABA Business Law Section

    September 18, 2018 2:58 PM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept.18, 2018 — Vicki O. Tucker, counsel at Hunton Andrews Kurth in Richmond, Va., has been elected to serve a one-year term as chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. She will serve until September 2019.

    “I very much appreciate the opportunity to serve as chair of the ABA Business Law Section, following in the footsteps of Christopher J. Rockers, who has been an outstanding leader,” Tucker said. “I look forward to chairing the section as it continues to provide value to business lawyers by offering a community for them to gain knowledge, share their experiences and make lasting connections and friendships."    

    Tucker’s practice focuses on mortgage- and asset-backed securities and structured financings. She advises and counsel clients regarding legislation and regulation impacting securitizations and structured financings, including the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and related regulations, Regulation AB and the FDIC securitization safe harbor.

    She served as chair, co-chair and/or moderator of numerous CLE programs for the Business Law Section on securitizations and structured financings as well as law firm and legal department diversity matters. She has also co-authored, contributed to and been the editor of numerous comment letters on behalf of the Business Law Section’s Securitization and Structured Finance Committee filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in connection with proposed regulations impacting securitizations and structured financings.

    Tucker, who received her BS and JD degrees from the University of West Virginia, was elected vice chair of the Business Law Section in 2016; served as the section’s secretary in 2015; received the section’s Chair Award in 2014; was elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2013; and served a four-year term on the Business Law Section’s council, beginning in 2011.

    A photo of Tucker can be found here.

    With almost 50,000 members, the ABA Business Law Section is one of the association’s largest sections. It provides business lawyers with education and analysis that furthers the development and improvement of business law, and it helps its members serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement on line. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews

     

    American Bar Association announces 2019 Spirit of Excellence Award recipients

    September 18, 2018 1:38 PM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2018 —  The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession announced today the four honorees of its 2019 Spirit of Excellence Award for their commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. The awards will be presented during a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, during the ABA Midyear Meeting at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    The Spirit of Excellence Award celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. The awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in law.

    “One of the ABA’s preeminent goals is eliminating bias and enhancing diversity in the association, the legal profession and the justice system.” Commission Chair Helen B. Kim said in noting that all the honorees fully embrace diversity and inclusion and understand the importance of providing opportunities for others while distinguishing themselves in their careers.

    The ABA Spirit of Excellence Award Luncheon will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. PT at Caesars Palace.

    The 2019 award recipients are:

    Willie E. Gary is a Florida attorney who parlayed a passionate work ethic learned from his humble beginnings in Southern migrant farming communities into a legal powerhouse career that earned him a Forbes listing as one of the “Top 50 attorneys in the U.S.” Gary was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1974 and opened his hometown’s first African-American law firm in Stuart, Fla. He has tried cases in 45 states and is in great demand as a motivational speaker, delivering speeches at law schools, universities, churches and to various groups throughout the country. He has received honorary doctorates from dozens of colleges and universities. Gary is also committed to enhancing the lives of young people. In 1994, he and his wife, Gloria, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides scholarships to youth, so they can realize their dreams of achieving a higher education (photo).

    Pamela Jones Harbour, senior vice president and legal officer at Herbalife Nutrition in Los Angeles, Calif., leads a compliance team across 94 markets, developing and enhancing policies and infrastructure to ensure effective education, training and mentoring programs for independent Herbalife members worldwide. She also leads the company’s global privacy and data security efforts. Harbour was a litigation partner in three American law firms, with a specialty area in antitrust, consumer protection and data security law. She also served as a commissioner on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from 2003-10 and in the 1990s as a deputy attorney general of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Harbour is a frequent speaker and author and has shared her knowledge in congressional testimony. She is recognized internationally for her leadership in the field of data privacy (photo).

    John Lim is the managing partner of LimNexus LLP, a minority-owned corporate boutique firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. An attorney since 1982, Lim represents Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, financial institutions, governmental entities, private equity funds, commercial developers and institutional investors in corporate, real estate and financing transactions. He regularly advises emerging high-tech ventures as outside general counsel and speaks at seminars on topics ranging from corporate governance to anti-deficiency rules in real property secured transactions. To further equal opportunity and equal access to justice, Lim actively supports public interest law groups that serve the disadvantaged and marginalized. Additionally, he and his law partners provide scholarships to diverse law students through the LimNexus Foundation (photo).

    Peter M. Reyes, Jr., is a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals in St. Paul. He formerly worked as a senior intellectual property lawyer at Cargill and as a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He is active in the American Bar Association as a member of the House of Delegates, the Judicial Division, Section of Intellectual Property Law and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He also served on the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities and the ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. In addition, Reyes served as national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association from 2012-13, and president of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association from 2000-03. In 2012 and 2013, Poder Magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America. Reyes received the 2016 Ohtli Award, the highest award the Mexican government presents to a non-Mexican citizen (photo).

    The mission of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession is to promote racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. The commission serves as a catalyst for change, so that the profession may more accurately reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of society and better serve society. The commission promotes the recruitment, hiring, promotion and advancement of attorneys of color and works to ensure equal membership and employment opportunities for diverse lawyers in the ABA. The commission accomplishes this through many initiatives, activities and programs, including the annual Spirit of Excellence Award.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    New ABA book provides an intentional guide for growing collaborative law

    September 18, 2018 10:27 AM by glynnj

    CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2018 — The American Bar Association has published Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice, a new book that outlines practical, clear advice from a team of experienced professionals who have bridged the gap from learning to doing in their family practices.

    Whether lawyers want to learn more about collaborative divorce, grow their practices or eliminate litigation from their work, this new anthology from experts throughout North America provides down-to-earth explanations about how to use the law and interest-based negotiations for building resolution. From implementing the ethical standards to forming a rewarding (and profitable) practice focused on peacebuilding, “Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice” explains the ins and outs of collaborative law.

    Editors Forrest “Woody” Mosten and Adam B. Cordover established their careers by strengthening the practice of collaborative family law and have brought together a collection of in-depth essays from practitioners in the field. These peacemakers span generations and interdisciplinary backgrounds—including psychology, accounting and marketing—and detail a breadth of information that will help families reach productive and peaceful solutions. With this book as a tool, attorneys and others will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively resolve disputes outside of the courtroom with peace, intention and pragmatism.

    Mosten is a collaborative attorney (Certified Family Law Specialist) and mediator in Los Angeles and La Jolla, Calif. He is a full-time peacemaker and never goes to court on any case. He is the author of five previous books and numerous articles. He has received several awards including Peacemaker of the Year, the ABA Lawyer as Problem Solver Award and the ABA Lifetime Legal Access Award for his contributions to unbundling, mediation and collaborative law. Mosten is adjunct professor of law at UCLA School of Law.

    Cordover is a collaborative attorney, trainer and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator in Tampa. He is co-chair of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Research Committee and incoming member of the IACP Board. Cordover is the former president of Next Generation Divorce, guiding it to become the largest local collaborative practice group in North America. He now practices exclusively in private dispute resolution and is managing attorney of Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm.

    Title:                            Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice
    Publisher:                    ABA Book Publishing
    Pages:                         512 pages
    Product Code:             5130231
    ISBN:                           9781641052412
    Size:                            7 x 10, paperback and eBook
    Price:                           $99.95
    Orders:                        800-285-2221 or shopaba.org

     

    Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Amelia Stone at Amelia.Stone@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Amelia Stone, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

          

    ABA and Centers for Disease Control to co-sponsor webinar on disaster resiliency

    September 18, 2018 10:17 AM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2018 — The American Bar Association Health Law Section, Young Lawyers Division Disaster Legal Services and Committee on Disaster Preparedness and Response, along with the Center for Disease Control’s Public Health Law Program, will hold a complimentary webinar on Sept. 25, from 1-2:30 p.m., EDT, titled, “2018 National Celebration of Pro Bono: A Focus on Disaster Resiliency.”

    During the week of Oct. 21-27, the ABA will celebrate its 10th Annual Celebrate Pro Bono Week, with a focus on disaster resiliency. As a part of this celebration, the ABA is encouraging lawyers across the country to do their part with assisting with disaster resiliency efforts by offering pro bono assistance to survivors or evacuees of disasters or by helping communities to prepare for a disaster. Disaster survivors face countless legal issues, including health and education issues. And even before a disaster strikes, communities need legal assistance with disaster preparedness including business continuity planning, meeting insurance needs and more.

    The webinar will offer an opportunity for public health attorneys, health care lawyers and law students to learn about the most common legal issues that disaster survivors face and how they can get involved in providing much-needed pro bono assistance in the communities where they live and work. Speakers will also provide information on resources on public health emergency law, and information to assist with pro bono representation.

    The panelists will be: Keri Brown, partner at Baker Botts in Houston; Tracy Figueroa, disaster assistance group coordinator at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid; Linley Boone-Almaguer, disaster assistance team manager at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid; Jessie Campbell, pro bono and outreach director, Houston Volunteer Lawyers; and Michael Hofrichter, operations and compliance director, Houston Volunteer Lawyers. Moderating will be Chauntis Jenkins Floyd of Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson LLP in New Orleans and chair of the ABA Committee on Disaster Preparedness and Response.

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