People | News | Awards | Resources | Publications | ArchivesIssue 20 for April 2009
Bar Exchange The Division for Bar Services has its own blog, hosted on the ABA's LegallyMinded community. According to chief blogger Elizabeth Derrico, Bar Exchange focuses "on sharing bar association management, administration, operations, programs and governance insights."
Increase your type | Have you ever been on a Web page or reviewing a document and wished the type was a little bit bigger? Well, just use the built in magnifying glass in your computer. Hold down the Ctrl button and use the scroll wheel on your mouse. Ctrl+Scroll up makes the page (and type!) larger. Ctrl+Scroll dn lets you adjust it back down.
The latest issue of Legal Services Now, newsletter of the ABA Division for Legal Services, is now online.
4/14 - 4/18/09
ABA International: Spring Meeting 2009
Washington, DC | The Fairmont
Contact: Jenny Abreu

4/21 - 4/23/09
ABA Day in Washington
Washington, DC | Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Contact: Julie M. Strandlie

4/22 - 4/25/09
ABA Section of Family Law Spring CLE Conference
Baltimore | Hilton Baltimore
Contact: Carrie Asalon

Global Environmental Structures: Thinking Past Gridlock to Create a Sustainable Future
Vancouver, BC
Contact: Elissa Lichtenstein

5/16 - 5/23/09
ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute
Denver | University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Contact: Jim Lawrence

5/27 - 5/30/09
National Conference on Professional Responsibility/National Forum on Client Protection
Chicago | The Fairmont Chicago
Contact: Center for Professional Responsibility

6/15 - 6/16/09
Second National Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities
Washington, DC | Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Renewable Energy: Legal Challenges and Solutions for the Green Economy
Denver | Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center
Contact: Elissa Lichtenstein

10/1 - 10/3/09
Law-Related Education Leadership Conference
Contact: Tiffany Willey

State Bars
Connecticut Bar Association
Associate Executive Director Janis Jerman and Director of External Affairs Hillary Stevens are no longer with the bar.
Kentucky Bar Association
Executive Director James Deckard has left the bar. John Meyers has been named interim executive director.

Local Bars
CA – Bar Association of San Francisco
Drucilla Stender Ramey, former executive director and general counsel of the bar and former executive director of the National Association of Women Judges, has been appointed dean of Golden Gate University's School of Law, effective August 1.
CA – Los Angeles County Bar Association
Stuart Forsyth has announced his retirement effective November 30.
MO – Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Communications Director Chris Orlet has left the bar.
ABA Launches Social Network
The ABA has launched a massive online network for legal professionals that boasts "cutting-edge social networking features, top-notch news and articles, and user-generated content."

The site, LegallyMinded, features resources including job postings, breaking legal news, blogs, discussion boards, job postings, and many other tools.

Registration is free to ABA members and non-members. ABA members can join using their existing ABA-site login.

Bar Services Asks Survey Help
The Division for Bar Services is asking bar association help to complete its 2009 Bar Activities Inventory, and to evaluate its recent Bar Leadership Institute.

A link to the BAI survey, a benchmarking tool used to help bars develop programs and policies, was e-mailed to bar association executive directors last week, along with a personal login. For the URL and unique username and password, contact Joanne O'Reilly at (312) 988-5348 or

The division is likewise asking attendees of last month's Bar Leadership Institute to complete the survey from the meeting. Trends and comments taken from completed surveys play a key role in determining the next year's program.

The BLI, one of the ABA's premier meetings, is held each March in Chicago. It attracts more than 300 bar executives and incoming presidents annually. The 2010 BLI will be held March 11-13.

Public Ed Seeks Proposals for LRE Conference
The Division for Public Education is accepting proposals for the 26th Law-Related Education Leadership Conference. The conference will be held in October 1-3 in Chicago.

The conference theme is Building a Better Tomorrow: Youth, Citizenship, and Civic Engagement. Sessions will focus on juvenile justice, youth rights, civic education, and the future of law-related education.

Registration is open to all who have an interest in law-related education. Registration details will be released soon. To submit a proposal, send it to Tiffany Willey at with the subject line "LRE Proposal."

Nomination Period Opens for Child Advocacy Award
The ABA's Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for its Child Advocacy Award, which honors lawyers and judges who perform distinguished service on behalf of children. One award will be presented to a young lawyer, and one to a non-young lawyer. The nomination deadline is April 30. For more information, click here.
Economic Survey Results
The Division for Bar Services has posted the results of a recent survey on how bars have been affected by the economic crisis.

Public Ed Improves Supreme Resource
Public Education newsletter Preview weekly analyzes, in plain language, every case before the US Supreme Court. The publication Web site has been enhanced with several new features, including all merit and amicus briefs submitted to the court.

Online Research Remuneration
GP Solo has posted a resource page on whether and how to recover costs for online research.

The Best of Mentoring
The Young Lawyers Division has posted stories of successful mentoring relationships, part of its Mentorship Project.

Law Day Planning Guide
The Division for Public Education's 2009 Law Day Planning Guide is available for free download. The guide includes tips on how to organize and plan a Law Day program, how to involve community members, sample news releases, and public service announcements, and lesson plans for K -12 students.

Dialogue on Lincoln Available Online
The Division of Public Education has released the latest in the ABA Dialogue Series -- Dialogue on Lincoln: A Legacy of Liberty -- for use by lawyers, judges, and teachers in schools and with community groups.

ABA Offers Ethics Guidance
Did you know the ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility has a hotline and e-mail account to answer ethics questions from bar associations? Check out this article on EthicSearch from a recent edition of Your ABA.

Free Webcast on Adult Guardianship Jurisdiction
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging has released a free one-hour Webcast on adult guardianship jurisdiction. The Webcast is entitled "Why States Should Enact the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act."

Award Acceptance Speeches
The Commission on Women has posted introductions and acceptance speeches from its Margaret Brent awards luncheon held at the ABA's 2008 Annual Meeting in New York City.

A DVD of the entire luncheon is available for $5. Contact the commission at or (312) 988-5715.

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