Announcements

  • 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
      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
      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...
  • 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...
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2012
    The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), the largest voluntary metropolitan bar association in the country, has selected Richard A. Rothschild, director of litigation for the Western Center on Law & Poverty, to receive its highest honor, the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award for “extraordinary contributions to improving the...
  • Thursday, June 14, 2012
      Over 150 people celebrated Frederic K. Becker, who was honored with AJC Metro New Jersey’s prestigious Judge Learned Hand Award on Thursday, June 7, at The Hilton at Short Hills. The Judge Learned Hand Award was established by AJC in 1964 to honor the memory of Judge Learned Hand for his extensive range of decisions, which he tendered in...
  • 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
      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
      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...
  • 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...
  • 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
      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
      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...
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012
      The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has named the Legal Department of DHL its 2012 Employer of Choice Award winner for the South/Southwest Region. DHL was selected from law department applicants of corporations across the Southern/Southwest United States for demonstrating a commitment to diversity and creating and maintaining an...
  • Monday, May 14, 2012
      Lawyers Alliance for New York has launched a Community Arts initiative to devote more of its resources to legal and educational services to organizations whose arts programs serve low-income New Yorkers. Nonprofit organizations that bring visual, musical, cultural and performing arts to low-income communities are strengthening these communities...
  • 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...
  • Monday, May 14, 2012
      The New Jersey Association for Justice Educational Foundation has established a scholarship fund to help children of victims of the September 11 attacks attend Rutgers University School of Law in Newark or Camden. “The creation of this scholarship fund is part of our ongoing effort as attorneys to help the victims of the tragedy of...
  • Monday, May 7, 2012
      The Harris County judiciary, in conjunction with the Houston Bar Association, presented the fourth annual Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards to law firms, a corporate legal department and an individual in a ceremony on April 30 at the Harris County Civil Courthouse.             The...
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2012
      The American Law Institute and the American Bar Association announced in April that they have agreed to end their joint arrangement to provide education for the legal profession via ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education. This change will increase flexibility as each organization continues to offer legal education programs that help lawyers...
  • 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....
  • Monday, May 14, 2012
      The New York Intellectual Property Law Association hosted its 90th Annual Dinner in Honor of the Federal Judiciary on March 23, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City. It was a rousing success with over 2,600 judges, attorneys and engineers in attendance. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Colleen McMahon, district judge of the...
  • Monday, May 14, 2012
      The New York City Bar Association participated in the 2012 ABA Lobby Day in Washington, DC. City Bar representatives met with the New York Congressional delegation, as well as with representatives of senators Schumer and Gillibrand. The City Bar expressed support for funding of the Legal Services Corporation at $402 million for Fiscal Year 2013...
  • 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
      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, “...
  • Monday, May 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...

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