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Apr 24, 2020

Law Day webinar is Thursday

On May 1, the legal community will celebrate Law Day with the theme: Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100. The Monroe County Bar Association will kick off its celebration of Law Day with an online continuing legal education (CLE) program at 3 p.m., Thursday. The Bar Association is holding the […]

Aug 22, 2017

ABA starts Legal Fact Check website

The American Bar Association has launched a new online fact checking service to help the public find accurate information about sometimes confusing legal questions. The site, ABA Legal Fact Check, is a new initiatives launched by Hilarie Bass, who became the new ABA president last week at the ABA’s annual meeting in New York. The […]

Apr 21, 2017

Commentary: Gorsuch may be Trump’s last ‘well qualified’ judge

In the abstract, there’s nothing wrong with the decision by Donald Trump’s White House to stop the practice of giving the American Bar Association access to its judicial nominees in order to rate them. But in practice, the decision is scary and hypocritical — because the administration waited until after the ABA gave Supreme Court […]

Feb 16, 2017

Commentary: Donald Trump has put America in legal hell

President Donald Trump’s attack on the federal judiciary last week came off to many as just the latest in his pattern of insults du jour, lobbed against anyone daring to defy the White House’s designs. The outcry, from congressional Democrats, law professors, and even, if Sen. Richard Blumenthal is to be believed, Supreme Court nominee […]

Dec 22, 2016

ABA sues Department of Education over loan forgiveness

BALTIMORE — The American Bar Association filed suit this week against the U.S. Department of Education, alleging the department failed to provide a reasonable explanation for why it has decided to refuse to honor loan forgiveness commitments made to attorneys engaged in public interest law and other public service jobs. The suit names four individual […]

Aug 4, 2015

Klein assumes role as president-elect of ABA

Linda Klein, the managing shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Georgia offices, assumed the role of president-elect of the 400,000 member American Bar Association Tuesday at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. She will serve a one-year term as president-elect then become ABA president in August 2016. Paulette Brown, a partner and co-chair of […]

Aug 4, 2015

NYSBA honored by ABA for promoting diversity

The New York State Bar Association has been selected as the winner of a 2015 American Bar Association Partnership Award for promoting diversity in the legal profession. The state bar’s Youth Law Day program, sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, was recognized on Friday in Chicago during a joint luncheon of the National […]

Oct 8, 2012

Should the ABA mandate diversity in model rules?

The American Bar Association should include diversity as part of the group’s model rules for attorneys, according to a recent request from the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. The IILP — a nonprofit with a goal of increasing diversity among lawyers — sent a letter to the ABA seeking to have the national […]

Aug 29, 2012

Lawyer use of blogs, social media up

  The use of social media by lawyers — including blogs and social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter — is continuing to increase, according to the annual technology survey conducted by the American Bar Association. The 2012 ABA Legal Technology Survey consists of six different volumes: technology basics, law office technology, litigation and […]

Aug 7, 2012

New Yorker becomes ABA president-elect

New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James Jr. on Tuesday congratulated New York City attorney James R. Silkenat on his election as president-elect of the nearly 400,000-member American Bar Association. Silkenat (Sullivan & Worcester) was elected at the ABA’s annual meeting in Chicago, where he was escorted to the podium by members of […]

Jul 16, 2012

Virtual practice: ABA revisits Model Rule 5.5

The practice of law has seen numerous changes in the last 10 years, as online options have expanded to give attorneys the ability to work from almost anywhere. For the last decade, though, the American Bar Association’s licensing guidelines have remained unchanged. First published in 1983 and last revised in 2002, ABA Model Rule of […]

Jul 5, 2012

ABA comments on Fourth Department’s award

American Bar Association President William T. Robinson III is recognizing the work of the state Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department. The Appellate Division will receive a 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award on Aug. 6 from the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. In 2009, the judges of the Fourth Department, under […]

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