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ABA Adopts New Anti-Discrimination Rule 8.4(g)

September 2016 - By: Peter Geraghty, Director,  ETHICSearch,  ABA Center for Professional Responsibility - 

After more than two years of intensive drafting and negotiation with entities, both from within and outside of the American Bar Association, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility’s (SCEPR) Resolution 109 regarding a new Rule 8.4(g) Misconduct was adopted on Aug. 8 by the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

During the House deliberations, SCEPR Chair Myles Lynk delivered the report and Mark Johnson Roberts, chair of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Wendi S. Lazar, of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession; Don Bivens, of the ABA Section of Litigation; and Donald D. Slesnick, of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, all rose to speak in favor of the amendment. No one spoke in opposition, and the rule was adopted by a voice vote. A video of the House proceedings is available, click here.

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NOBC Website Notification


Patient Colleagues,

Recently we informed you that the NOBC website was down. We have learned that the problem stemmed from an unknown person or persons “hacking” the website. Our management team at Apex has worked diligently to resolve the problem. We are confident that no conference registration information, files, membership or financial data or information was obtained. In fact, because NOBC uses PayPal to process payments made by you for things like conference registrations, a hacker cannot obtain such information directly from the NOBC website. We apologize for any inconvenience or frustration caused by this temporary outage, including for your inability to register online for the Annual Meeting. The site has been restored and you should be now able to continue using the site and registering for the Annual Meeting. We very much appreciate your patience.

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NOBC 2016 President’s Award

The National Organization of Bar Counsel is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award will be David D. Curtin, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Rhode Island Supreme Court. The annual award will be presented at the NOBC® Mid-Year Meeting in San Diego, during the President’s Reception on February 3, 2016.

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NOBC Global Resources

As national and global developments affecting legal services markets attract ever greater attention, state supreme courts and bar leaders will look to regulatory and bar counsel for answers. The NOBC membership must be prepared and informed. The International Committee materials are intended to provide a ready source of talking points and information when a chief justice, state legislator, or executive director asks for your views and opinions. For more information, view our Global Resources page under our Resources tab, or click here  

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