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ABA to Weigh Position on Forced Retirement

Posted Aug 7, 2007 6:07 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Aging attorneys will be one of the subjects taken up at the ABA Annual Meeting that begins tomorrow in San Francisco.

A resolution before the policy-making House of Delegates calls on law firms to discontinue mandatory retirement policies, the National Law Journal reports. ABA President Karen J. Mathis supports the measure.

Mandatory retirement relies on “an arbitrary age limit that doesn't look at vitality, intelligence and the ability to perform a job," she told the NLJ.

Mathis has backed an initiative called Second Season of Service that encourages retired lawyers to volunteer pro bono time. A program on her initiative is scheduled for Thursday. The ABA Journal will follow Mathis that day, covering every event in her 15-hour schedule.

The ABA Journal's coverage of the meeting will culminate on Aug. 13 and 14 with live blog updates from the floor of the House of Delegates.

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