October 2017
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2017 Communications Section Workshop - October 3-6, 2017 - St. Louis, MO


2018 Law Day Theme Announced

“Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” is the theme for Law Day 2018. The theme will highlight the U.S. Constitution’s provision for three distinct and independent branches of government – Congress, Presidency, and Supreme Court – and their relationship vis-à-vis one another as a check on power and ambition. 2018 will mark the 60th anniversary for Law Day. For more on the theme and on Law Day programs, ideas, and resources, visit Law Day 2018.


CLE Materials for Young Lawyers

Does your bar produce mandatory or other CLE classes for young lawyers? Or do you offer a mentorship program? Consider Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer, produced by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism for your discussions or guidance on topics such as civility, reputation, eProfessionalism, personal organization and more. The 20 chapters of this book explore those indispensable values, skills, habits, convictions, duties and qualities that characterize a professional lawyer. A free Instructor’s Manual is now available for leading discussions and bulk discount pricing is available. Contact the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility for a review copy of the book at cpr@americanbar.org


What’s New with You and Your Association?

Send news of promotions, retirements, awards, etc., to NABE News Editor Pamela Robinson at pamela.robinson@americanbar.org or Production Manager Nora Warens at nora.warens@americanbar.org.

October 2017

President’s Message

By Robert E. Craghead

Robert E. CragheadBolton and Exemplar

Every once in a while, you have a task that is really a pleasure. I had the privilege in New York of introducing the 2017 NABE Bolton Award recipient. The Bolton Award is presented to a bar professional who “epitomizes the highest standards of professional excellence.” Some of the criteria for the award are character, integrity, vision, leadership, and service to NABE. The 2017 Bolton was presented to George Brown, the recently retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Bar. Congratulations to George …he is truly an exemplar of everything a bar professional should be!

And Another Congratulations

We look forward to working with Pamela Robinson, the new Director of the ABA Division of Bar Services. As you well know, Pam is not new to DBS. Her experience will be a distinct benefit for NABE. Congratulations, Pam!

It is About You – and an Opportunity

As our own bar associations face challenges, we find that NABE is confronted with a similar quest – to make sure NABE continues its relevance to you and to provide services in a way that you would like. Read more...


Volunteers Needed for Disaster Assistance

Volunteer attorneys are needed to provide legal assistance to the residents of the several states and U.S. territories affected during this destructive hurricane season. The ABA Disaster Relief page provides links to resources for those interested in volunteering or in donating to legal services providers. In addition, press releases issued by the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands bar associations jointly with ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD), provide further information. The ABA YLD, which coordinates legal services to disaster victims through an arrangement with FEMA, is making an urgent request for individuals to assist with relief legal services for individuals in Puerto Rico. Volunteers, particularly those conversant in Spanish, are asked to complete this intake form to be contacted by YLD coordinators. For more on ABA YLD’s disaster assistance role and how your members can help, watch this video.


NABE Governmental Relations Professionals to Meet in November

St. Louis will be the site of the NABE Governmental Relations Section’s annual workshop, November 8-10. The agenda will provide GR professionals with tips and best practices for working with their state legislatures and updates on national issues. Registration is just $360 for GR Section members and $410 for non-members. Accommodations for the meeting are at The Magnolia Hotel and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis will host several of the workshop sessions. Housing block closes on October 17; registration closes on October 20, so register now.


NCBP Fellows Award Nominations Sought

The National Conference of Bar Presidents will present its annual Fellows Award at its 2018 Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada. If past presidents of your association continue their commitment to bar leadership through ongoing service to your organization and to other areas of the organized bar, be sure to nominate them for the award. For award criteria and other information, visit NCBP Fellows Award. The award will be presented on Friday, February 2, 2018, at the NCBP Midyear Meeting at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Nominations due Friday, November 10.


American Bar Endowment Opportunity Grants

The American Bar Endowment is making Opportunity Grants available to support smaller, innovative programs and projects by 501(c)(3) entities that address issues of immediate and critical interest to the public and members of the legal profession. For information on these grants, applications, and submission deadlines, go to http://www.abendowment.org/about/opportunity.asp. One of last year’s grantees was the Georgia Bar Foundation which received a grant to support the analysis of the development and launch of a Senior Attorney Pro Bono Pilot Program to address the unmet legal needs of vulnerable older adults in Georgia. The goal of the program is to increase pro bono activity and access to justice in civil cases, while also providing opportunities for experienced and late career lawyers who wish to continue actively practicing law to provide greater community service.

Tom Pyrz Set to Retire from the Indiana State Bar Association

Tom PyrzTom Pyrz will retire from the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) on December 31, 2017, after 25 years as the organization’s executive director. Before his tenure at the ISBA, Tom served in and retired from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. An active member of NABE, Tom served as the organization’s president in 2003-04 and received the organization’s highest award, the Bolton Award for Outstanding Bar Leadership, in 2008. Tom also served on the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services which coordinates ABA outreach to bar associations nationwide. Tom was recently honored at a reception during the ISBA Annual Meeting where he received accolades and thanks from the bar’s leaders and members as well as a proclamation signed by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett designating September 27, 2017, as Tom Pyrz Day. Thanks, Tom, for your contributions to NABE and for your example of professionalism and leadership.


Missouri Bar’s Christopher Janku Retires

After 31 years of service, Christopher Janku retired from The Missouri Bar on July 31. Christopher served as the bar's director of programs and was most recently responsible for administering minimum continuing legal education requirements for the bar as well as the client security fund. Earlier in his tenure, Christopher was responsible for law-related education programming at the bar and served as the chair of NABE’s former LRE Committee. Thanks for your many years of membership in NABE, Christopher, and best wishes in your future activities.


Julia Baldini Moves to the Federal Bar

Julia Baldini, former executive director of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, has accepted the position of managing director of membership at the Federal Bar Association (FBA) in Arlington, VA. Julia hit the ground running in early September, attending the FBA’s Annual Meeting in the midst of settling into her new office space and apartment shopping in Northern Virginia. Julia serves on the NABE Board of Directors as secretary. Congratulations on your new position, Julia.


All the News That’s Fit to Print Doesn’t Fit

If you shared some information with NABE News recently, but you don’t see it here, please watch for it in the November issue.


Milestones – Let NABE Know

NABE will share its members’ news of upcoming retirements, significant anniversaries and other achievements in future issues of NABE News. Please let NABE know about your special news by completing a brief questionnaire.

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