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
      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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
      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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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
      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...
  • 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 15, 2012
      DuPont and chair of the board and chief executive officer Ellen Kullman have been selected by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to receive the 13th Annual A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award for exemplary leadership in advancing diversity in the workplace and fostering economic opportunity. The gala black-tie...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, “...
  • Friday, May 18, 2012
      At the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s (NYCLA) Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 24, its Task Force on Judicial Budget Cuts will present Unsung Heroes Awards to honor non‐judicial members of the state and federal court systems who have distinguished themselves in the exemplary performance of their duties during these difficult...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2012
      The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has named the law department of H.J. Heinz Company as its 2012 Employer of Choice Award winner for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Heinz was selected from law department applicants of corporations across the Mid-Atlantic for demonstrating a commitment to diversity and creating and maintaining an...

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