Announcements

  • Thursday, June 14, 2012
      NJCCA members and our valued sponsors attended NJCCA’s Spring Cocktail Reception and CLE Program at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange. Front row (from left to right); David Boyko, Joelle Quilla, Dana Gilbert, Ronald Prague, Elitza Meyer, Barbara Sellinger, Joseph Aronds (NJCCA President), and Gail Girard. Second row (from left to...
  • Thursday, June 14, 2012
      In May, more than 300 leaders from the legal, financial, and nonprofit sectors gathered at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance’s Business Law & Leadership Gala. The annual event celebrated the partnership between lawyers and nonprofits and their power to transform New York City communities. This year’s distinguished...
  • Thursday, June 14, 2012
      New York State is reconsidering the rules and practices related to compensation of executives by nonprofit organizations, particularly those that contract with state agencies. The governor, the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, and the attorney general have each weighed in on the topic. In...
  • Thursday, June 14, 2012
      New Jersey Supreme Court justices, state legislators, and top legal experts gathered at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City. With over 2,000 lawyers and judges in attendance, the event was the premiere gathering of the state’s legal community. Supreme Court justices Barry T. Albin...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      The New York City Bar Association has named four legal services attorneys and one non-attorney as recipients of the Twenty-third Annual Legal Services Awards, which give recognition to attorneys and non-attorneys who provide outstanding civil legal assistance to New York's poor. This year’s recipients are Tracey Bing, Family Law/...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      In May, the reopened 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) clinics continued at the City Bar Justice Center, with 50 lawyers from 12 firms and corporations helping potential claimants navigate the “road map” through the application process. To date, over 100 potential claimants have been helped. A dozen WilmerHale attorneys, led by...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      Attorneys may use social media websites for juror research as long as no communication occurs between the lawyer and the juror as a result, states a formal opinion from the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics (Formal Opinion 2012-2). If an attorney unknowingly or inadvertently causes a communication with a juror...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      Seymour W. James, Jr. of Brooklyn, a 38-year veteran of The Legal Aid Society of New York, assumes office on June 1 as the 115th president of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. James succeeds Vincent E. Doyle III as head of the 77,000-member association. Mr. James becomes its third African-American president and first president to come...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      The New York City Bar Association held its 20th annual Henry L. Stimson Medal Award Ceremony in June. The award honors the memory of Henry L. Stimson, the former U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and cabinet member to four presidents, by the annual awarding of medals in his name to four outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys in...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      Governor Corbett is traveling the state discussing his 2012-13 budget proposals with Pennsylvanians, visiting businesses whose success employs their neighbors and helps to grow economic opportunities in their communities. As with any public debate, opponents of the proposed budget have made several claims that are inaccurate. The governor...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      The Pennsylvania Bar Association has established a task force to recommend updates and revisions to the existing Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct, which has not been updated since 2005. Appointed by PBA president Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., the task force is composed of PBA members from across the state, including retired trial and appellate...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      In May, more than 200 students from 10 Philadelphia public schools joined judges, leaders of the Philadelphia legal community and officials of the National Constitution Center for a lively, citizenship-themed panel discussion celebrating the award-winning Advancing Civics Education (ACE) program. Launched in 2008 by the 13,000-member...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      Leaders of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Veterans Court announced a citywide program in which volunteer lawyers will provide free legal assistance to Philadelphia veterans who cannot afford or do not have access to the legal services they need. The pro bono services will be provided as part of the Philadelphia Bar...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      Governor Tom Corbett recently signed legislation that lifts barriers to job creation by reforming Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation system. Since the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund was depleted in 2009, Pennsylvania employers have been liable for paying what amounted to a per-employee tax to the federal government...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has named Pepper Hamilton LLP as the winner of the distinguished 2012 Thomas L. Sager Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The prestigious Sager Award is presented annually to one firm, in each of MCCA’s five regions, that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to improve the hiring, retention...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      For more than eight years, the Energy Arbitrators List has provided ready access to leading energy arbitrators from around the world. The List’s newly reconstituted Review Committee met in May in simultaneous, web-connected meetings hosted in Houston and London to kick off a global roster review and to plan significant improvements to the...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      Former ABA President and Detroit Mayor Will be Honored at Diversity Gala   The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) announces Dennis W. Archer as the recipient of its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be honored September 11 at MCCA’s Diversity Honors Gala, a red carpet event at the Lincoln Center for the Performing...
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
      The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has named the law department of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as its 2012 Employer of Choice Award winner for the Midwest Region. Nationwide was selected from law department applicants of corporations across the Midwest for demonstrating a commitment to diversity and creating and maintaining...
  • Friday, June 22, 2012
      The Texas Access to Justice (ATJ) Commission honored Marc E. Vockell, executive director of intellectual property litigation for Dell Inc., with the ATJ Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award on Thursday, June 14, during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan L. Hecht, the Court’s liaison for...
  • Monday, June 25, 2012
      The Texas Access to Justice Commission has received a $21,965 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation for a new, statewide Pro Bono Winter Break program involving all nine Texas law schools. More than 60 law students and professors will reach out to underserved communities throughout the state to engage in law-related volunteer projects through this...
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012
    On March 28 through March 31, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and its affiliate, the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ), presented the 3rd Annual Midyear Corporate Counsel Conference  in Jersey City, New Jersey. “The HNBA’s 2012 Midyear Conference was a landmark event that exceeded all of our already...
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012
      American Bar Association president William T. (Bill) Robinson III has submitted written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee, highlighting the importance of fiscal year 2013 funding for rule of law assistance. In the statement, President Robinson wrote, “...
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012
      Leaders from The Voice of the Defense Bar (DRI) attended the American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable, held in Washington DC. This invitation-only roundtable hosted a panel of outstanding lawyers and judges who updated attendees on important legislation affecting the civil justice system, provided organization reports and considered resolutions...
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012
      The Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Inc. (MCCA) announces the election of Simone Wu of Choice Hotels International, Inc. as chair-elect of its board of directors. She has served on the MCCA Board since February 2007 and will replace the current chair, Mary Snapp of Microsoft Corporation, in 2013.  Ms. Snapp is the corporate vice...
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012
      The Texas Access to Justice Commission and Texas Access to Justice Foundation honored Senator José Rodríguez with the Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award for his contributions to improving access to justice in Texas during a special presentation in El Paso on April 4.   Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan L....
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