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Ohio's Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Bars Unite
After years of attempts to unify but decades of disagreement, the bars of Ohio's largest county and second-largest city are finally one. The Cleveland Bar Association and Cuyahoga County Bar Association approved a merger to create the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The new bar is headquartered in downtown Cleveland.

D. Larkin Chenault, former executive director of the Cleveland Bar, was named to the same position with the metro bar. Other staff were likewise taken from the merged bars. Chenault called the merger "a huge accomplishment" that "represents…serious, creative overcoming of deep-seated political resistance."

The foundations of the two merged bars are also considering merging.

ABA Seeks Bar "Protection"
The ABA is asking for bar association support for a program to prevent voter disenfranchisement during the 2008 election. The program, Election Protection, monitors polling places and performs several other duties to make sure all votes are counted. The association wants bar help in working with local legal committees, staffing the program's national hotline, and preparing materials for voters.

Election Protection was started after the 2000 general election, when millions of voters were reported disenfranchised. The hotline received more than 200,000 calls during the 2004 general election.

For more on the program, click here or contact Rachel Patrick at or (312) 988-5408.

YLD Seeks Policy-Makers
The YLD Assembly, which sets policy for the ABA's Young Lawyers Division, is seeking delegates to its 2008 meeting. Assembly delegates will debate and vote on resolutions presented.

The Assembly will convene during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City. For more on the Assembly, including 2008 forms and deadlines, click here.

ABA-UN Project Seeks Volunteers
The International Legal Resource Center is seeking legal professionals to help create legal reform in developing countries. Volunteers work pro bono both in the US and abroad, supporting projects such as assessing existing laws and helping form new laws.

The center, housed in the ABA's Section of International Law, is a partnership of the ABA and the United Nations Development Programme, or UNDP. It has more than 1,300 volunteers from 90 countries.

For more on the center, including the volunteer application, click here or e-mail Andrea Vesa or Jacqueline Gichinga.


Application Period Opens for Outstanding Activity Awards
The Division for Public Education is accepting applications for its 2008 Law Day Outstanding Activity Awards. The awards honor creative and successful Law Day programs. The application deadline is Friday, June 13. For more on the awards, click here.
For Your Members
Application Period Open for Leadership Development Program
The Law Practice Management Section is accepting applications for its Leadership Development Program for young lawyers. Participants attend section meetings, work with section leaders, and serve on committees that determine the section's direction.

The program takes two applicants each year to serve two-year terms. Click here to apply for the 08-09 term. The application deadline is Sunday, June 1.

Application Period Opens for Awards of Achievement
The Young Lawyers' Division is accepting applications for its 2008 Awards of Achievement. The awards recognize bar and public service projects sponsored by YLD affiliates. The application deadline is Friday, June 13. For more on the awards, click here.
Application Period Opens for YLD Scholarship Program
The Young Lawyers' Division is accepting applications for the ABA YLD Scholarship Program. The program encourages lawyers to join and participate in the division. The application deadline is Sunday, June 15. For more on the scholarship, click here.
Nomination Period Opens for Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
The ABA's Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for its 2008 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. The nomination deadline is Thursday, August 28. For more on the award, click here.


Free ABA Journal Widget
The ABA Journal has created a free "widget" for legal organization Web pages and blogs. The widget – a few lines of Web code – creates a box with headlines from the Journal's Web site, The box is updated continuously on business days and includes a date and time stamp for each article. For more on the widget, click here or e-mail Molly McDonough.

Free LRE E-Newsletter
The Division for Public Education publishes a free e-newsletter on law-related education. Called Law Matters, it reports on new developments, ideas, programs, and resources in the field of public education. To sign up, click here.

Two New Domestic Violence Resources for Lawyers, Judges
The Commission on Domestic Violence has released two publications to help judges and lawyers handle domestic violence cases and clients: Domestic Violence Judicial Checklist, a list of items for judges to consider when handling such cases; and Comprehensive Issue Spotting, a questionnaire to give lawyers a complete picture of their clients' situation and legal needs.

To download a free PDF of either publication, click here. To order hard copies of Spotting, e-mail the commission.


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 Technology Corner

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

5/18 - 5/24/08
Trial Advocacy Institute
Denver, CO | JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek
Contact: Alissa Brugger

5/28 - 5/31/08
National Conference on Professional Responsibility
Boston | Seaport Hotel
Contact: John Holtaway

5/30 - 5/31/08
24th National Forum on Client Protection
Boston | Seaport Hotel
Contact: John Holtaway

36th National Spring Conference on the Environment: "Climate Change II"
Baltimore, MD | University of Maryland School of Law
Contact: Elissa Lichtenstein

6/8 - 6/9/08
Annual SLD U.S. Supreme Court Trip
Washington, DC
Contact: Angela Boykin

6/26 - 6/27/08
National Conference for the Minority Lawyer
San Jose, CA | Dolce Hayes Mansion
Contact: Nhu Ly

6/27 - 6/28/08
NABE Small Bar Conference
Sacramento, CA | Embassy Suites-Riverfront Promenade
Contact: Yvonne McGhee

8/5 - 8/8/08
NABE Annual Meeting
New York City | Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
Contact: Tondanisha Nevels

8/7 - 8/9/08
NCBP Annual Meeting
New York City | Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
Contact: Tondanisha Nevels

8/7 - 8/9/08
NCBF Annual Meeting
New York City | Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
Contact: Roseanne Lucianek

8/7 - 8/9/08
ABA YLD Annual Meeting
New York City | Marriott Marquis
Contact: Renee Lugo

9/23 - 9/27/08
ABA International Law Section
2008 Brussels Fall Meeting

Brussels, Belgium | The Hilton Brussels
Contact: Mary Jordan Mullinax

10/2 - 10/4/08
ABA YLD Fall Conference
San Diego, CA | Westin Gaslamp Quarter
Contact: Renee Lugo

10/15 - 10/18/08
2008 National Lawyer Referral Workshop
Garden Grove, CA | Crowne Plaza Resort Anaheim
Contact: Jane Nosbisch

10/17 - 10/19/08
ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop
Tucson, AZ | Westin La Paloma
Contact: Jasamyn Benedict

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

10/21 - 10/24/08
National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs
Little Rock, AR | The Peabody Hotel
Contact: Janice Jones


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Cast(ing) Away
In this second edition of Legal Technology Corner, LTRC Research Specialist Tonya Johnson gives the lowdown on podcasting.
Young & Attractive
There are more bar programs to attract young lawyers – 75 – than to attract any other kind of member. Almost all described their program as very or somewhat successful. Order the Dues Survey.
Diary of a Reluctant Blogger
If you don't know Twitter from a teeter-totter, this blog from Gen X professional Maddie Grant is for you. Grant links you in to the brave new world of social media and explains how to use it in your association.

- Elizabeth Derrico

The 101 Practice Series: Breaking Down The Basics
Published by the Young Lawyers Division
Product code 2050203
Covers the fundamental aspects of law practice; ideal for new lawyers or law students
The 2008 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
Published by the Law Practice Management Section
Product code 5110657P
Written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best legal technology for their dollar
Apple iPod classic - Commercial Real Estate Essentials CLE Edition (80GB/Black)
Published by the ABA Center for CLE, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Product code CEPDCRE2080CB
The latest generation iPod nano, preloaded with all six programs in popular Essential Issues in Commercial Real Estate Law Series.
Disability Discrimination Law, Evidence and Testimony: A Comprehensive Reference Manual for Lawyers, Judges and Disability Professionals
Published by the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
Product code 4410202
Explains and analyzes key aspects of disability discrimination law from several different perspectives
The Ethical Negotiator (DVD-ROM)
Published by the Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, ABA Center for CLE
Product code CECIP08TENDROM
This DVD-ROM discusses the ethics of negotiation. (Will not play in a home entertainment type DVD player.)
Insights Magazine
Published by the Division for Public Education
Product code 2350245P
An award-winning print and online magazine covering current legal topics. For a limited time, subscription includes the following free issues: Youth, Rights, and the Constitution; The Rule Of Law; Women, Law, and Social Change: A Global View, and; A Colorblind Constitution? Then, Now, In 25 Years.
The Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat, 3rd Edition
Published by the Law Practice Management Section
Product code 5110588
Focuses on how lawyers can benefit from using Adobe Acrobat 8 to create PDF files.
The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together
Published by the Law Practice Management Section
Product code 5110589
Explains how to use technology you already have and the latest "Web 2.0" resources and other tech tools, like Google Docs, Microsoft Office and SharePoint, and Adobe Acrobat, to work more effectively in a law practice
Residence Options for Older and Disabled Clients
Published by the Senior Lawyers Division
Product code 5460044
A comprehensive guide to the different types of housing available for the elderly and disabled
Science for Lawyers
Published by the Section of Science and Technology Law
Product code 5450051
Explores the definitions, practice and professional roles of 13 scientific disciplines
Through the Client's Eyes: New Approaches to Get Clients to Hire You Again and Again, Third Edition
Published by the Law Practice Management Section
Product code 5110592
Learn how to better cultivate your existing client relationships without compromising your own interests
Toxic Mold Litigation, Second Edition
Published by the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Product code 5190397
A practical reference for lawyers and non-lawyers who have felt the impact of mold on commercial and residential real estate
Published by the Criminal Justice Section
Product code 5090112
The topic of vouching covered from every angle, backed up with relevant case citations
National Bars
American Bar Association
Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Selina Thomas is the center's new associate client protection counsel. She comes to the ABA from the Illinois State Bar Association, where she had served as assistant counsel since 2001.
Division for Bar Services
  • Tiffiny Simpson is the new administrative assistant for the division's administration unit. She replaces Tondanisha Nevels, who became membership coordinator for the National Association of Bar Executives.
State Bars
North Carolina Bar Association
  • David A. Bohm has been named assistant executive director. Click here for the press release announcing the hiring.
Local Bars
MD - Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Julie Petersen is the new executive director. She replaces Beverly Mondin, who retired after 29 years with the bar.

PA - Philadelphia Bar Foundation
  • Gene Sirni has been named the foundation's executive director. He succeeds Maureen Mingey, who left to take a position at Comcast Corporation.
Issue 15 | May 2008