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Sowing seeds: Artika Tyner uses education to nurture social change

A trio of early influences led Artika Tyner to what she calls her life mission—promoting literacy, training the next generation of leaders and advancing diversity and inclusion as the founder of the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute.

ABA-sponsored app helps families access advance directives and medical information

Mind Your Loved Ones, a mobile app sponsored by the American Bar Association, allows users to create customized profiles for each member of their family, including their pets. Each profile contains not only their advance care directives, but also other important medical information.

ABA Notices - July

The following persons accredited to the state of Arizona have filed petitions for nomination for the office of State Delegate. The term is for one year and will commence immediately upon certification and will expire at the conclusion of the 2020 Annual Meeting. The name of each contested nominee and the names of 25 signers of his/her petition are published below in accordance with Section 6.3(b) of the Association’s Constitution.

ABA Notices - August
Attorney pushes for prisoners to have more access to women’s hygiene products

Prisoners’ rights advocate Julie Abbate didn’t hesitate when members of the ABA Criminal Justice Section asked her to draft a resolution about access to tampons and sanitary pads in 2018. Restricting access to feminine hygiene products to prisoners can be severe.

The Master Plan: Judicial Division leads effort to increase use of special masters

Court-appointed special masters manage cases for quicker, more efficient resolutions. Members of the ABA Judicial Division promote the use of special masters and the benefits for busy trial judges and courts with limited resources. The committee helps courts adapt guidelines and establish criteria to use when building their rosters of special masters and evaluating them. The committee is also developing model rules and a model code of ethics for special masters.

ABA Notices

The Nominating Committee will meet in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, Aug. 11, beginning with the business session at 9 a.m. in the Golden Gate Ballroom A. Immediately following the business session, the Nominating Committee will hear from candidates seeking nomination at the 2020 Midyear Meeting.

ABA Treasurer’s Report

The ABA added $3.7 million to net assets. At the close of FY2018, the association had $341 million in assets and $165.1 million in liabilities, resulting in total net assets of $175.8 million. Revenue shortfalls were offset by favorable budget variances in grants and gifts.

Texas lawyer is the top volunteer for ABA’s free online legal aid clinic

Jack Fan is a volunteer with Texas Legal Answers, part of the ABA’s Free Legal Answers virtual legal aid clinic. The service allows income-eligible clients to post civil legal questions for pro bono attorneys in their state. According to the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, which annually recognizes attorneys who provide extraordinary pro bono services through Free Legal Answers, Fan has answered more questions than any other attorney in the country. In 2018, he responded to nearly 1,100 of them.

ABA president-elect nominee speaks to value for members

Patricia Lee Refo, a partner with Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix, plans to call on her experience both as a lawyer and with the ABA to emphasize the value that the association provides to members during her term as president.

Meet the Candidates

We asked all the candidates for leadership positions the same three questions: What is the reason you decided to serve the association as a leader? What plans do you have for your term in office? And finally, what is a positive experience you’ve had as a member of the ABA?

ABA Notices

Pursuant to Section 6.5 of the ABA’s Constitution, six Delegates-at-Large to the House of Delegates will be elected at the 2019 Annual Meeting for three-year terms beginning with the adjournment of that meeting and ending with the adjournment of the 2022 Annual Meeting. Candidates are to be nominated by written petition. The deadline for petitions for the 2019 election in San Francisco, California, is May 15.

ABA develops guide for drafting laws to ban controversial conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors

An online and printed resource will help develop state statutes and tribal codes to ban a controversial practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Margaret Cassidy founded a group to connect and boost female lawyers

Margaret Cassidy connected with other female attorneys in solo and small-firm practice in Washington, D.C., and brought them together to discuss their businesses, share successes and provide referrals. Now, more than six years later, her group, the League of Women Lawyers, has more than 100 members who communicate weekly via email and meet regularly for happy hours.

ABA Notices

Pursuant to Section 6.5 of the ABA’s Constitution, six Delegates-at-Large to the House of Delegates will be elected at the 2019 Annual Meeting for three-year terms beginning with the adjournment of that meeting and ending with the adjournment of the 2022 Annual Meeting. Candidates for election as Delegate-at-Large are to be nominated by written petition. The deadline for petitions for the 2019 election in San Francisco, California, is May 15.

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