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American Bar Association Considers Privacy Specialty

American Bar Association Considers Privacy Specialty

By Stephen Joyce, Bloomberg BNA The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates is expected in February to consider accrediting a “privacy law specialist” designation to allow certified privacy lawyers to hold themselves out as specialists in the field. The ABA is considering whether to allow the privacy competency certification designation of the International Association of Privacy

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Trump ‘Libel Bully’ Article Was Never Rejected, Says ABA

Over the past week, the American Bar Association has been a punching bag and the object of ridicule in the media, following a report in The New York Times that it rejected an article submitted by former journalist and media lawyer Susan Seager, titled “Donald J. Trump Is A Libel Bully But Also a Libel Loser.” “Take

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Can Two Dozen GCs Bring Diversity to Law Firms?

Paul Dacier, general counsel of EMC, says half of the direct reports he manages are women, many of whom are working mothers. It’s why his 120-member legal team is among the most diverse groups at his company. So why can’t law firms figure how to achieve the same thing? “Diversity is a very important matter for our society and

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Good and Bad News From the ABA Futures Report (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this article is a professor at University of Tennessee College of Law and wrote the book, Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession. By Ben Barton, Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law In case you hadn’t noticed, after decades (centuries?) where the practice of

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‘Future’ Report from ABA Plays it Too Safe (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post chaired a major law firm for 15 years. By Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Big Law does not exist in a vacuum — although we might prefer it that way. There is a lot of discussion around the forces reshaping how Big Law delivers services. At the

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Lawyers Need to Regulate Their Harassment of Colleagues. Here’s Why

By Meredith Mandell, Special to Big Law Business The American Bar Association earlier this week adopted a new rule that holds attorneys accountable for discriminating and harassing their co-workers and clients outside of the four walls of the courtroom. If they do, they could lose their license to practice law. But what prompted the ABA

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Skim Highlights from the ABA Annual Meeting

Miss the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco? That’s alright, we’ve got you covered. Behold below, a master list of recent highlights. A tip sheet, if you will, to some of the most significant developments, as announced this week by the ABA. If we missed anything, feel free to email us at BigLawBusiness@bna.com. Linda

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To Heal Justice Gap, ABA Prescribes ‘Legal Checkups’

Seeing a doctor for a regular physical check up can do wonders for a person’s health. The American Bar Association recently asked lawyers to imagine if a corollary could exist in the law. In a 116-page report released over the weekend, the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services recommended 12 ways to close the so-called “justice

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Lawyers Can Be Zealous Without Being Nasty

By Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View The American Bar Association is considering adding a rule to its canon of ethics that would prohibit lawyers from discriminating in the course of their jobs. The proposal seems innocuous and probably overdue — but it has encountered a surprising degree of opposition. So it seems reasonable to ask: Why is