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Bars Show Support for Pakistani Lawyers
Attempting to send a clear message to a nation 7,000 miles away, the ABA and other bars across the country have vigorously campaigned to support the lawyers and judges being detained by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

In its most public display of support for the lawyers, the ABA staged a rally November 14 in Washington, DC. An estimated 600-700 lawyers participated, marching past the Supreme Court and demanding an end to martial law in Pakistan.

Other bars have held and are planning similar marches. The Division for Bar Services has posted a Web page tracking state and local bar response.

The ABA is raising awareness of the crisis through an online toolkit. The toolkit includes a letter to Musharraf from ABA President Bill Neukom, and audio and video interviews from the November 14 rally. Also featured is an online petition from the lawyers of America. More than 10,000 supporters have signed the petition, which will be presented to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.


ABA Honors Texas Bar "Partner"
The ABA's Division for Public Education has presented its 2007 Isidore Starr Award to the State Bar of Texas' Jan Miller. Miller, the bar's Law-Related Education director, was honored for her work on several educational programs for teachers and students. Said Victoria Hughes, president of the Bill of Rights Institute, which Miller helped to develop a seminar series for Texas teachers: "There is no better friend or partner in the field of civic education."
Former Bar Presidents Corner Diversity Awards
Three former bar presidents are among winners of the ABA's Spirit of Excellence Awards, which honor lawyers and judges who promote diversity in the legal profession.

Past presidents Lawrence Baca (National Native American Bar), Christopher Arriola (Santa Clara County Bar and California La Raza Lawyers Association), and Mia Yamamoto (Japanese American Bar Association) will join four other honorees at the association's 2008 Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles.

Nomination Period Opens for Legal Access Award
The Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services is seeking nominees for its 2008 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. The award, to be presented at the association's midyear meeting in Los Angeles, recognizes innovation in the delivery of legal services to those with moderate incomes.

The nomination deadline is Monday, December 10. For details and the online nomination form, click here. For further details, contact Will Hornsby.


YouTube Reaches Out to Nonprofits
YouTube has launched a program for 501(c)(3) organizations. Members receive a "Nonprofit channel" that includes a "donate" button in their videos. Click here for more.

ABA Report on Legal Profession
The 2006 "Pulse of the Legal Profession," an ABA-commissioned survey report on the legal profession, is now available from the ABA's Division for Market Research. The report was featured in the October issue of the ABA Journal. Contact Kathy Genens at (312) 988-5343,

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
The ABA Section of Litigation is accepting applications for a minority internship program. Called the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, it places minorities in summer jobs with state and federal judges. Last year the program placed 167 of 400 applicants. For details, click here or contact Gail Howard.

CPR Offers Help Implementing New Model Code
The ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Policy Implementation Committee consults on-site with state and court-appointed committees reviewing the recently-adopted ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. For more on the program, contact John Holtaway or click here.

CPR Consulting Services
The ABA Center for Professional Responsibility is offering consulting services to bar associations and other law-related organizations. For details, click here. (PDF document.)

New Standards for Domestic Violence Victims
The ABA is distributing and helping bars implement standards it recently adopted for lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. A PDF version of the standards can be downloaded here. Hard and Braille copies, as well as information on adoption and implementation, can be requested by writing the Commission on Domestic Violence.
Materials from 07 Judiciary Conference
The Sandra Day O'Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary has posted materials from its 2007 conference, The Debate Over Judicial Elections and State Court Judicial Selection.
New Resources on CPR Transition Planning Site
The Center for Professional Responsibility has updated its Web section on planning for lawyer retirement, death, or disability. The updated section now features several resources from state bars.


Each publication listed, unless otherwise noted, can be ordered from the ABA Web Store, or by calling the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221 and referencing its product code. Click any publication cover to open its Web store page.

Blog of the Month

Dues Survey Fact

Legal Services Now

The latest issue of Legal Services Now, newsletter of the ABA Division for Legal Services, is now online.

Clearinghouse Item of the Month

Campaigning for an
Independent Judiciary

Author: The Schapiro Group
Entity: State Bar of Georgia
This report on effective judicial independence campaigns contains the results of a scientific survey of 400 Georgia voters.

Upcoming Meetings

2/21 - 2/22/08
2008 DirectWomen Board Institute
New York, NY
Contact: Sue Daly

Annual Spring Conference: Climate Change Part 2
Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland School of Law
Contact: Elissa Lichtenstein

10/21 - 10/23/08
ABA Money Laundering Enforcement Conference
Washington, D.C.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Contact: Robert Snoddy


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The ABA's definitive single-volume resource for information about lawyer ethics
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A history of law-related education; honoring those educators and lawyers who have nurtured and supported the field of law-related education
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Strategies and sample documents for effectively communicating the importance of separation of powers and judicial independence, advocating for civic learning, and facilitating interbranch dialogue
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National Bars
Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  • Cie Armstead is the new director.
  • Jesús Negrón is the center's new Technology and Marketing Coordinator. Negrón will maintain, promote, and update online access to the center’s diversity activities, including its database of diversity programs and “Pipeline Diversity Directory.”
State Bars
Indiana State Bar
  • Carissa Long is the new assistant director of communications.
  • Alaina Byers is the new community outreach coordinator and local bar liaison.
Local Bars
CA – San Joaquin County Bar Association
  • David Baird is the new executive director, replacing Melody Tolmie.

IL – Will County Bar Association
  • Sheila McCarthy is the bar's new executive secretary and sole staff member.
Issue 12 | December 2007