6:20PM CST
February 10
2013

Internal Compliance Programs and the FCPA: What Works, What Doesn’t?

Carefully consider the attorney-client privilege, documentation and scope upfront when confronted with a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation. An experienced panel of prosecutors, defense lawyers and others advised on how to prepare your business client going into an investigation, what to do during a review and some of the elements that are considered during the sentencing phase, at a Criminal Justice Section-sponsored program Feb. 8 during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas.

6:11PM CST
February 10
2013

End Sex Trafficking by Ending Homelessness and Adopting ‘Safe Harbor’ Laws, Experts Urge

Wayman pointed to housing services for juvenile survivors of sex trafficking as not only effective, but also cost-effective. One study he cited found that the average annual cost for one detention bed is approximately $88,000, while the average cost of one supportive housing unit, with ancillary services, is only $18,000.

12:51PM CST
February 10
2013

Excellence in Inclusive Leadership Honored by ABA Diversity Commission

The _ Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession honored six lawyers with 2013 Spirit of Excellence Awards today for their significant contributions to advancing diversity in the profession.

12:14PM CST
February 10
2013

Human Trafficking Program Mobilizes Lawyers and Judges to Combat Modern-Day Slavery

ABA President Laurel Bellows kicked off the Midyear Meeting program “Human Trafficking 101 for Lawyers and Judges: Understanding the Issue – Exploring Solutions” with an impassioned plea: “We’ve got real slaves in this country,” Bellows said.

7:00PM CST
February 9
2013

Panel: Attorneys Look at How They Can Better Respond to the Unauthorized Practice of Law

Across America, notario fraud is a common practice. The ABA Midyear Meeting panel “The Unauthorized Practice of Law: Responses from the Bar” on Friday examined how attorneys can better respond to these abuses in their communities.

6:30PM CST
February 9
2013

Texas Experts Review Public Defender Systems as Gideon Anniversary Approaches

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Gideon v. Wainwright decision, which recognized the right to government-funded counsel for criminal defendants too poor to hire a lawyer, criminal justice experts from Texas and elsewhere debated at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas Feb. 8 whether the criminal right to counsel in the United States has been realized in practice or falls short.

4:39PM CST
February 9
2013

UCLA Law Fellows Program Receives ABA Alexander Award for Diversity Efforts

The Law Fellows Outreach Program of University of California, Los Angeles, received the 2013 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity. The award is sponsored by the _ Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.

4:29PM CST
February 9
2013

Pleading Ignorance is Not Protection Against Client Data Loss, Say ABA Panelists

According to John Simek, vice president of Sensei Enterprises, “we’re addicted to our phones.” He cited that 58 percent of smartphone users can’t go one hour without checking their phones.

1:40PM CST
February 9
2013

ABA Honors Recipients of First Stonewall Award Honoring LGBT Advancements

The _ Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity today recognized three lawyers with the inaugural Stonewall Award during a ceremony at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas.

7:27PM CST
February 8
2013

Corporate Counsel Discuss Value-Based Billing at ABA Meeting

“There are 100 rooms in a value-billing house,” Jeffrey Carr said during a Thursday afternoon session at the Midyear Meeting. “What’s important is that you come into the house, not which room you use.”

4:26PM CST
February 8
2013

Software Tools Help Lawyers Generate More Business, Happier Clients

A Friday morning panel during the Midyear Meeting, “Utilizing Technology to Avoid Malpractice and Generate Business,” instructed on how lawyers can use technology to prevent missteps, and provide efficiencies and opportunities where lawyers most need them throughout the client cycle.

2:57PM CST
February 8
2013

Beyond the Fracking Wars: Lawyers Learn the Basics of Unconventional Oil and Gas Exploration

On the same day the Dallas city council debated for the third time in three months whether to allow gas drilling within its city limits, a panel of experts at the _ Midyear Meeting explained why “fracking” is both exciting yet controversial and how lawyers can navigate the impact of this growing technology.

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