Policies on Criminal Justice, Immigration and Law Student Debt Considered by House

From a recent American Bar Association Posting ...

At its 2015 Midyear Meeting, the American Bar Association adopted Monday a broad range of criminal justice policies and a host of others, including a measure seeking more help with student debt for young lawyers.

The meeting of the House of Delegates — made up of 560 members representing state and local bar associations, ABA entities and ABA-affiliated organizations — marked the culmination of the five-day Midyear Meeting at the Hilton Americas in Houston.

During the one-day session, the House for the first time approved policy on the stand-your-ground laws that have grown in popularity during the past 10 years. The approved resolution urges legislative bodies and governmental agencies to significantly modify or refrain from enacting laws that eliminate the duty to retreat before using force in self-defense in public places.

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An E-mail Cautionary Note

Attorneys be careful what you write in E-mails! A recent article in the ABA Journal titled 'Think of my name and squeal': Lawyer admonished for angry E-mail exchange referencing 'Deliverance', presents an interesting story of one attorney who allowed a client to get under his skin and it ended badly for him-- It turned out to be an ethics issue. Click here to read the entire article.


112th Anniversary Dinner – Honoring Our Legacy – Embracing Our Future – All Ages Together

sandy_kraemerOn June 27, 2014 the El Paso County Bar Association will host our 112th Anniversary Dinner at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center in Colorado Springs. The theme: "Honoring Our Legacy - Embracing Our Future - All Ages Together" addresses a challenge that I believe the whole county is dealing with... all generations coming together for the common good of our society. According to Sandy Kraemer, Esq., the Keynote Speaker for the event: "The strengths of each generation must meet the needs of all generations."

Recently, the May-June issue of The American Bar Association Bar Leader included an article titled "Fast-paced program at BLI tackles the future of the profession." The article discusses the future of the legal profession and of bar associations. I have a particular interest in the comments concerning Generation Y because our Bar Association is facing a visible generation gap. According to a section in the article titled "Reaching Generation Y":

Because they grew up in an era of job insecurity, wars, and widely publicized scandals, Sladek said that Generations X and Y are “the least trusting generations in history.” But what do they most yearn for? You guessed it: Trust—and to make a meaningful difference.

As members and as employees, Sladek said, those in Generation Y in particular want to know that you are trustworthy, and that you will trust them. “Tell the truth, even when it’s difficult or embarrassing,” Sladek advised, noting that Generation Y will respect you for sharing yourself with them “warts and all.”

And if you say you’ll follow up ... make sure you follow up. Generation Y considers it very important that you keep your word, Sladek explained—and if you don’t, then it will be that much harder to reach them next time.

Extend that same trust to them when it’s time to assign a task or an opportunity to serve, Sladek said. It’s well known that Generation Y prioritizes things like flexible scheduling and praise. Rather than viewing these as signs of Generation Y being entitled, Sladek reframed these desires as a need to be trusted to get the work done, and a need to know that their contributions are valued.

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As part of the 112th Anniversary celebration, we are seeking participation from the New Lawyer membership in an essay contest. We are seeking input regarding ideals that honor our legacy, embrace our future, and build a culture of all ages working together.  Click here for essay contest details.

Join us on June 27, 2014 for this important Keynote presentation with Sandy Kraemer, Esq. To register for this event on-line Click Here! Let's build a great multi-generational Bar Association together!


The Significance of Law Day


As we approach our 2014 Law Days events, I feel it's appropriate to share a bit of history about Law Day. In 1957, American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles S. Rhyne, a Washington, D.C., attorney, envisioned a special day for celebrating our legal system. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. In 1961, Congress, by joint resolution, designated May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.

One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle for voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

With the upcoming 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.


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