People | News | Resources | Awards | Publications | ArchivesIssue 29 for Sep 2010
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- Elizabeth Derrico
California has approved five dozen new or amended professional conduct rules. Read this article and get other ethics news and resources from the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.
For the latest news in funding for legal aid and pro bono developments, click here.
Over 70% of state bar executive directors are lawyers, while 22% of local bar executive directors are lawyers. But only 6% of state bars and 2% of local bars require that their executive director be a lawyer.
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9/30 - 10/3/10
Antitrust Masters Course V
Williamsburg, VA | Williamsburg Lodge
Contact: Candace Mui

9/30 - 10/3/10
State and Local Government Law 2010 Fall Council Meeting
Providence, RI
Contact: Marsha Boone

10/13 - 10/16/10
Business Bankruptcy Fall Committee Meeting
New Orleans | Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Contact: Marcia Yarbrough

Commercial Finance and UCC Fall Committee Meeting
Chicago | Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Contact: Toyin Alaka

10/20 - 10/23/10
ABA Law Practice Management Section Fall Meeting
Washington, DC | JW Marriott
Contact: Kristin Bakota

10/20 - 10/23/10
ABA Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference
Fort Worth, TX | Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Contact: Carrie Asalon

10/21 - 10/22/10
2010 National Symposium on the American Jury Project
Washington, DC | George Washington University School of Law
Contact: Kris Berliant

10/21 - 10/23/10
Civil and Human Rights: An Action Agenda for Lawyers and the Legal Community
Memphis, TN | Peabody Hotel
Contact: Katherine Incantalupo

10/22 - 10/24/10
ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop
Washington, DC | JW Marriott
Contact: Kristin Bakota

11/2 - 11/6/10
Section of International Law Fall Meeting 2010
Paris | The Westin Paris
Contact: Audrey Lamb

The Antitrust 2010 Fall Forum
Washington, DC | The National Press Club
Contact: Margaret Stafford

11/19 - 11/20/10
Business Law Section Fall Meeting
Washington, DC | The Ritz-Carlton
Contact: Toyin Alaka

3/10 - 3/11/11
ABA Bar Leadership Institute
Chicago | Downtown Marriott
Contact: Karyn Linn

4/12 - 4/14/11
ABA Day in Washington 2011
Washington, DC | Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Contact: Julie M. Strandlie

3/15 - 3/16/12
ABA Bar Leadership Institute
Chicago | Downtown Marriott
Contact: Karyn Linn

4/17 - 4/19/12
ABA Day in Washington 2012
Washington, DC | Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Contact: Julie M. Strandlie

State Bars
OR | Oregon State Bar
Sylvia Stevens is the new executive director. She was previously the bar's deputy executive director and general counsel.
Local Bars
NY | Onondaga County Bar
Executive Director Christine Gray has left the bar.
Scholarships Available for ABA Bar Leadership Institute
Are you a leader of a small bar association and interested in attending the 2011 ABA Bar Leadership Institute? The ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services is pleased to offer five need-based scholarships, consisting of a registration waiver and a $500 travel reimbursement.

Applications are due Friday, January 7, 2011. For the scholarship criteria and application, click here. For more on the Bar Leadership Institute, click here.

DBS Takes Bars to School
Bar School will soon be in session.

The ABA Division for Bar Services has partnered with the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center to produce Bar School, a series of monthly, technology-related webinars. Registration is now open for the first session, "MS Outlook: Managing Your Inbox and Using MS Contacts." Future topics include "Managing Information Overload," "Managing Your Calendar," and "Adobe Acrobat 9.0".

2011 Law Day Theme Announced
The ABA has announced that the 2011 Law Day theme will be "The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo." It will center on the legacy of John Adams, America's first lawyer-president.

Adams, who was admitted to the bar in 1758, was noted for defending the rule of law and advocating for the rights of the accused, particularly during the Boston Massacre trials in 1770. His example will be used to explore lawyers' roles in defending the rights of the accused and in appreciating the rule of law.

For more on this year's Law Day theme and activities, visit

ABA Asks Bars to Help Grade the Grading System
The ABA has extended until November 15 its deadline for bar leaders to comment on its examination of lawyer and law firm rankings and ratings. For more on the examination, click here.
ABA Publishing Books A Deal for Bars
Could your bar use a little non-dues revenue? Consider ABA Book Publishing's Bar Affiliate Program, which offers bar associations ABA books at a discount. Bars can use the discounted books to generate revenue or simply to enhance a program.

For more on the program, contact Catherine Kruse at

One New LPM Career Website Gives Lawyers Career Advice…
A new ABA website offers advice for lawyers at all stages of their career.

The site, from the ABA's Law Practice Management Section, contains articles written by legal experts and published in the section's magazine and webzine. The articles, which can be sorted by career stage, include "The Best Way To Do A Job Search: It’s High-Touch, Not High-Tech" and "Ten Tips For Making Your Bar Association Dues Work For You."

…While Another Makes Sure Solos Are Not Alone
A new website from the Law Practice Management Section lets solo practitioners easily find advice from its vast resources on the topic. Resources are sorted by topic (such as Marketing, Technology, and Management) and type. The site also features an "Ask A Solo" box, which lets solo practitioners pose questions to experienced section members.
Pennsylvania Court Launches One of A Kind Pro Bono Program
A Pennsylvania district court has started the nation's first federal court assistance program focused on employment law. The program, called the "Plaintiffs Employment Panel," is a joint effort of the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania and local bar associations. For more on the program, click here.
ABA to Stress Civic Responsibility
Noting concern that Americans are underprepared to carry out their civic responsibility, the ABA has launched a wide-ranging initiative to improve the civic understanding of American youths. The program, Civic Education in the Nation's Schools, will focus on youths -- with whom, notes the website, "the need is most urgent and the impact can be the greatest."

The program will work through bar associations and other professional legal organizations. It will include an eight-hour course for young people 13-19, a scientifically valid survey on Americans' understanding of the Constitution, and legislative advocacy for better civic education for students.

Upcoming Site to Help Employers Find Job Candidates
The ABA's Section of State and Local Government Law has announced plans for an online resume database. The database will feature resumes from the section's law student members and will be searchable by practice area, location, and law school attended.
Free Webinars to Help Lawyers Represent Infirm Vets
Three free upcoming webinars will train lawyers to represent military veterans with VA benefits claims. Each program will run about 90 minutes and examine a key topic in obtaining veterans benefits.

CLE credit will be applied for in available jurisdictions. The programs will also count toward the Veterans Administration continuing education requirement.

Details on the webinar series will be available on the ABA Section of Law and Aging's website.

Volunteers Sought for Minority Internship Program
The ABA Section of Litigation is seeking volunteers for its Summer 2011 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which will begin accepting applications in October. The program lets minority and financially disadvantaged law students intern with a state or federal judge for the summer.

Highly competitive, the JIOP fielded more than 650 applications last year.

Volunteers are needed to help prescreen interviews, serve as panelists at program orientations, and participate in local mentoring programs. For more information on the program, click here or contact Gail Howard at

Nomination Period Opens for Margaret Brent Award
The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is accepting nominations for its 2011 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award honors five women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence and actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. It will be presented in August 2011, at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.

The nomination deadline is Tuesday, November 23. For more on the award, including the nomination form, click here.

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s and at state legislative hearings.

Hotel Discount for ABA Members
A new ABA member benefit offers 25% off the best available rate at more than 500 hotels and resorts around the world, through December 31.

Web Site to Report on Fed Court Happenings
An upcoming ABA Web site will report on newsworthy cases in Federal Circuit Courts. The site will provide short summaries of Circuit Court opinions of public interest and cases pending oral argument.

Deadline approaching for the National Online Youth Summit.
A December 9 deadline has been announced to register for the ABA's National Online Youth Summit. The 12-week, web-based program encourages high school students to learn about and critically evaluate a timely, law-related topic.

Nomination Period Opens for Legal Services Award
Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. The award recognizes innovations in the delivery of legal services to those of moderate incomes. The nomination deadline is December 12.
Nomination Period Opens for Pro Bono Award
The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2010 John H. Pickering Achievement Award. The award honors pro bono activities and law-related societal issues affecting the elderly. The nomination deadline is February 26.

For more information, visit and scroll to Awards.

Miami's Angones Wins Diversity Award
ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services member Frank Angones is among five winners of the ABA's annual Spirit of Excellence Awards. The awards honor lawyers who promote racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. Angones is a new appointment to the committee, which oversees the work of the Division for Bar Services. He is a past president of the Florida Bar and current partner in the Miami firm Angones, McClure & Garcia P.A.

The awards will be presented at the ABA's Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Fl. To sponsor the awards, click here. For more on the awards, contact Aracely Muñoz Petrich at (312) 988-5638 or

Application Period Opens for YLD Subgrant Program
Nominations are being accepted for the ABA Young Lawyers Division's Subgrant Program. The program provides funding to young lawyer organizations for activities that benefit local communities, leaders, or members. The application deadline is March 1.

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