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With criticisms of the NCBE, New York bar group suggests state create its own bar exam

A task force of the New York State Bar Association has recommended that the jurisdiction adopt its own bar exam and stop using the uniform bar exam, which is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

ABA president urges House to help prevent elder abuse

ABA President Patricia Lee Refo is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass bipartisan legislation to help prevent elder abuse across the country.

Teach-out plan for Florida Coastal approved; classes will end after summer term

Following the U.S. Department of Education recently pulling federal financial aid at the Florida Coastal School of Law, a teach-out plan has been approved, with current students finishing courses at other ABA-approved law schools.

ABA urges suspension or forgiveness of some student debt in letter to new chief of federal student aid office

The ABA is asking the Biden administration to take steps to relieve the burden of student loan debt, including by suspending or forgiving some of the debt. In a June 8 letter, ABA President Patricia Lee Refo said the association appreciates congressional efforts to resolve the problem.

Meet Mary Ryan, the newest member of the ABA’s Board of Governors

Mary Ryan never aspired to be on the ABA’s Board of Governors, despite serving in other leadership roles in the association throughout her career. But after Kevin Curtin, the senior appellate counsel in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, died suddenly in December, someone needed to step in as the board’s District 2 representative.

Serving as a juror was an unexpected duty during my year as ABA president

“‘All rise for the jury’ is something I have heard scores of times as a trial lawyer. But this time, and for the first time, I heard them as a part of a jury,” writes ABA President Patricia Lee Refo.

As ABA’s president-elect nominee, Deborah Enix-Ross brings a wealth of experience

In August, it will be 39 years since Deborah Enix-Ross attended her first ABA meeting. “I wanted to be around the best, smartest leaders in the legal profession, and I thought they could only be found in the ABA.”

Board of Governors candidates share their motivations to serve

Ahead of the 2021 ABA Annual Meeting, we asked candidates for the Board of Governors the same three questions: What positive experiences have you had with the ABA? What would you like to accomplish during your term? And finally, why would you encourage other lawyers and judges to join the association?

ABA-backed Family Justice Initiative has improved access to counsel in child welfare cases

For parents and their children, the child welfare legal system can be confusing and intimidating. That’s where a good lawyer comes in.

Lawyers in Florida can’t get credit for ABA’s new CLE programs because of state ban on diversity quotas

The ABA’s diversity policy for panelists on continuing legal education programs has gotten the cold shoulder in Florida, which is refusing to give its state lawyers CLE credit for new association programs.

Brice Ngameni helps support prospective law students of African descent

“We think that one of the biggest challenges that people from our background face when applying to law school is access and information, and these are things that can be addressed,” says Brice Ngameni, president and co-founder of Pembe, a mentoring group for people of African descent. “If you just have the right people matched up with the right folks, you can easily make up for that disparity.”

Remote practice from home in Florida isn’t unauthorized practice, advisory opinion says

A New Jersey lawyer’s remote practice from his home in Florida does not constitute the unlicensed practice of law in Florida, according to an advisory ethics opinion approved May 20 by the Florida Supreme Court.

Afternoon Briefs: Law school cuts John Marshall name because of slavery link; 2 appellate nominees advance

Following scholarship about John Marshall’s support for slavery, law school removes his name

The name of John Marshall, a former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who wrote seven majority opinions…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer job openings skyrocket; judge resigns after ethics charges

Lawyer job openings increase 150%, report says

Lawyer job openings have increased by 150% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by legal market data provider…

2021 Silver Gavel Awards honor works on court secrecy, racial justice, women’s rights

This year’s winners of the ABA 2021 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts focused on matters that included court secrecy, open justice, racial justice, criminal justice system and women’s rights.

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