Announcements

  • Monday, April 22, 2013
      In response to an appeal from the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Bar Association President J.D. Smeallie announced on Monday, April 22, that the Boston Bar Association will begin compiling a list of volunteer lawyers ready, able and willing to assist small, independent businesses directly affected by  the...
  • Friday, March 8, 2013
    The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has named the Legal Department of Entergy Corporation its 2013 Employer of Choice Award winner for the South/Southwest Region. Entergy was selected from law department applicants of corporations across the Southern/Southwest United States for demonstrating a commitment to diversity and...
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013
      The New York City Bar Association’s Financial Reporting Committee has asked the New York Stock Exchange to reconsider its rule placing responsibility for oversight of risk management within the audit committee of the listed companies. In a letter to Claudia Crowley, the CEO of NYSE Regulation, signed by Michael R. Young, the committee...
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013
      The New York County Lawyers’ Association released a report that analyzes proposed federal gun control legislation to provide some clarity on how the government can best move forward with proposed legislation based on lessons learned from recent shootings. From Columbine to the present, there have been 47 documented mass shootings,...
  • Monday, March 25, 2013
    The Pro Bono Institute has announced that it has selected New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman as the second recipient of the 2013 Chesterfield Smith Award for his exceptional commitment to pro bono and public service. The award was presented on March 15 at the PBI Annual Conference Reception.  In his current position, Chief Judge Lippman’s...
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
      On February 20, 2013, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly will present "Patent Pending," the journal's annual panel discussion on controversial constitutional law issues. "Patent Pending" is graciously co-sponsored by Morrison & Foerster LLP. The event will be recorded and made available after February 20. In less...
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
      Following the release of House 1, the Governor's budget for FY 2014, the Boston Bar Association released the following statement: We are delighted to see that Governor Patrick has proposed $15.5 million for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the primary source of state funding for civil legal aid in Massachusetts. Our governor...
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
      Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court joined hundreds of private attorneys from more than 50 law firms at the Massachusetts State House in January for the 14th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. Attendees of this annual lobby day, one of the best-attended of the year, asked for increased state funding for...
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
      The Boston Bar Association is delighted to report that American political commentator and former presidential advisor David Richmond Gergen will keynote the BBA’s annual Law Day Dinner on May 13 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. The event tends to draw more than 1,200 lawyers and judges. Some background on David Gergen: he is...
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
      A major study released last month by the New York State Bar Association urged greater support for Family Courts, calling for more judges and resources to handle cases of child support, neglect and abuse, foster care and other family issues. The findings of the comprehensive two-year study are included in a 198-page report approved by the...
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
      Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, two of the nation’s most prominent civil rights attorneys and the co-founders of the Innocence Project, have received the New York State Bar Association’s Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor. The award, given to individuals who exhibit lifelong excellence in the legal profession and...
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
      Binghamton attorney Kathryn Grant Madigan is the 2012 recipient of the Ruth G. Schapiro Award, given by the Committee on Women in the Law of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Madigan, who was president of the State Bar from June 2007 through May 2008, was recognized for her dynamic leadership, effective mentoring and efforts to make...
  • Thursday, February 21, 2013
      The New York City Bar Association has released its Legislative Program for 2013, a compilation of New York State legislative issues that have been addressed by many of its committees. The program includes positions on existing legislation as well as proposals for new legislation. Some highlights from the 2013 Legislative Program include support...
  • Thursday, February 21, 2013
      The District of Columbia Bar Association will launch its leadership academy in March 2013. Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural class, which will be composed of approximately 30 members of the bar representing diverse backgrounds, practice settings and practice areas. The goal of the leadership academy is to identify, inspire...
  • Thursday, February 21, 2013
      MCCA is proud to announce the creation of the Academy for Leadership and Inclusion --a groundbreaking, interactive training program designed to show attendees how to define, create, and sustain a diverse and inclusive workplace. The organization has scheduled the first Academy presentation in a series on April 8, at the Walmart Auditorium, 702 SW...
  • Monday, January 21, 2013
      The Illinois Supreme Court recently declined to extend the subject matter waiver doctrine to wholly-inapplicable business activities in the case of Center Partners, LTD v. Growth Head GP, LLC. The court’s decision follows guidance outlined in an amicus curiae brief filed by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global bar...
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013
      The City Bar Justice Center has hired Victor M. Tello as its coordinating attorney for disaster relief. Mr. Tello will centralize the Justice Center’s various activities in training and mobilizing volunteer attorneys to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief. Mr. Tello, a native Spanish speaker, began his career with the New York City Law...
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013
      The New York City Bar Association applauds Governor’s Cuomo’s decision to include four key areas of law reform in today’s State of the State Address: strengthening gun control laws; taking steps to reduce wrongful convictions; achieving true equality for women; and reforming New York’s campaign finance system. The City Bar...
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013
      The proposed no-growth budget submitted for the New York State judiciary is a stark reminder of the current economic and political climate. We applaud Chief Judge Lippman, Chief Administrative Judge Prudenti, and the Office of Court Administration for their adept handling of the judicial budget in these times of fiscal constraints. We also...
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013
      The New York State Bar Association has announced its legislative priorities for 2013. Specific initiatives include adequately funding the state and federal courts and legal services for the poor; enacting laws to guard against wrongful convictions; repealing the Defense of Marriage Act; and strengthening the juvenile justice system. “The...
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2012
        The Texas Bar Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Houston Bar Foundation for its Veterans Legal Initiative (VLI), a program that provides pro bono legal services to veterans in 17 Texas counties. The grant will be used to increase awareness of the services provided by the VLI through mailings to veterans and veteran...
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2012
      As one of the largest and most influential Chapters of the Association of Corporate Counsel, we at the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter find it important, in addition to providing CLE programming, networking and social events to our members, to support local legal services organizations providing much needed assistance to the disadvantaged and...
  • Thursday, December 6, 2012
      Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. have announced the expansion of Charity Corps, a joint initiative between the New York State Attorney General's Office and the New York State Bar Association to improve nonprofit governance and legal compliance. Charity Corps matches...
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012
      The letter, drafted by the City Bar’s Committee on International Human Rights, cites President Morsi’s declaration granting his decrees and laws immunity from judicial review until a new constitution has been ratified and a new parliament elected. The declaration also replaced Egypt’s public prosecutor and prevents the judiciary...
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012
      On December 7, 2012, the University of California Hastings College of the Law Board of Directors adopted the resolution appointing Elizabeth L. Hillman as Academic Dean, beginning July 1, 2013. Hillman will be replacing Shauna Marshall, who is retiring after eight years of exemplary service in the Academic Dean role at UC Hastings....
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