YourABA: September 2012
YourABA September 2012 Masthead

Larel Bellows addresses the House of Delegates
ABA President Laurel G. Bellows addresses the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting in Chicago.

New ABA president will advocate for gender equity, among other issues
Meet Laurel Bellows, and learn more about her professional background and her initiatives for the association.
Preventing human trafficking also will be a focus >>

Eyewitness identification: We have a long way to go

The legal framework of eyewitness identification is flawed, and training for administrators is extremely limited, said experts on a panel at the ABA Annual Meeting.
Memory should be treated as trace evidence >>

Developing a new impression of lawyers
Young associates must learn early on that clients are not interested in their toughness, but their successful track record, a principal at a Chicago law firm said.
Being a jerk does not advance the client's interests >>

E-lawyers offer tips on delivering 'unbundled' services
This kind of representation allows clients to pick and choose what they want from a lawyer, usually for less money than full representation.
Confirm all agreements in writing >>

Can my employer do that? The maze of social media and the workplace
Labor and employment lawyers get inconsistent guidance on social media and advising their clients, according to a panel at the ABA Annual Meeting.
How to answer clients' questions on social media usage >>

Adding to your practice across the pond: Not just for big firms anymore
As more and more clients need global legal advice, they increasingly demand business models that deliver better value.
Adopt an individualized approach >>

Hidden biases can hold back women of color as they advance in their careers
Such biases may limit opportunities for promotion and meaningful career development, said lawyers who are women of color from Fortune 500 companies.
Plus initial findings from survey on women of color in law >>

The consequences of 'pro se' representation
Against a backdrop of overwhelming need for pro bono legal aid, Illinois lawyers and judges discuss pro se litigants and successful strategies to help them navigate the justice system.
Sluggish economy sends pro se figures skyrocketing >>

ABA 'Lawyer as Citizen' initiative and website encourage lawyers to volunteer on Election Day
The new campaign urges lawyers to help fill the shortage of poll workers and to use the ABA Vote website to connect with their nearest polling place.
Take an active role in the election, ABA officials say >>

ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards honor 3 lawyers, a law firm and a state supreme court system
The awards recognize individuals or organizations that enhance the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor or disadvantaged.
See videos of each winner >>

For more coverage of the ABA Annual Meeting,
see news bulletin 1 and 2.

New jobs posted on the ABA Job Board

Products Associate
Sedgwick LLP
San Francisco — Aug. 21

Experienced Trust & Estate Attorney
The Schreiner Law Group, P.C.
Nationwide — Aug. 18

Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Baylor University
Texas — Aug. 17

Altair Global Relocation
Plano, Texas — Aug. 16

Browse all job postings
on the ABA Job Board

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Eye on Ethics

Last rites
for law practices

A sole practitioner and law firm partner are retiring after more than 30 years in practice. What are the retiring lawyers' obligations to their clients?


Technology Translators

Measuring up: Highlights from the 2012 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report

The 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report was recently published, and we've pulled out 10 interesting facts and figures for you to consider.

Tech budgets are increasing >>

Center for CLE

The CLE Premier Speaker Series showcases a faculty of today's most prominent and influential legal practitioners. Each monthly program is available free of charge to ABA members.

Monday, September 10
"A Conversation on the Supreme Court: Last Term's Historic Decisions and Fall's Key Cases," featuring Neal Katyal, partner, Hogan Lovells, and Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow, Cato Institute


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