Of Briefs and Barriers: Obstacles to Participation of Legal
Professionals with Disabilities and What Can Be Done to Eliminate the
Staying Out of the Legal Doghouse - The Ins and Outs of Avoiding
Domestic Partners and the Legal Employer: The Benefits of AB 25.
Access and Fairness in the Courts;
The Whole Lawyer: Managing Stress and Achieving Balanced Lives; and
Elder Law: The Graying of America Can Mean the Growth of a Law
Participants will have an opportunity to provide
input and recommend strategies on improving access to the profession
and increasing the participation and retention of diverse attorneys in
A bar leadership forum will offer training to
interested local and specialty bar leaders and executives on topics
ranging from the roles of the board of governors and the executive
director, to financial management, to how to effectively build and
sustain media relations.
"One of the tenets of the State Bar's mission
is to assure that all of its members have the opportunity to advance
in the legal profession," said bar President Karen Nobumoto, who has
stressed diversity in the legal profession since her election to the
bar board nearly four years ago.
"This meeting will be the beginning of an
ongoing dialogue on the bar's role in improving access and fairness
in the profession. It's important that members recognize that their
participation is essential to this dialogue and in shaping the ways in
which the bar addresses access issues in California."
Both Moreno and Archer have been active in bar
association activities. Moreno, who in October was sworn in as only
the third Latino member of the state Supreme Court, is a past
president of the Mexican American Bar Association.
Archer has been active in the State Bar of
Michigan and National Bar Association and is currently a member of the
Board of Governors of the ABA. He is running for the ABA presidency
and, if elected, will be its first minority president.
A trial lawyer in private practice and an adjunct
law professor before being appointed an associate justice of the
Michigan Supreme Court in 1985, Archer was elected mayor of Detroit in
The meeting is organized by the bar's Office of
Legal Services, Access and Fairness Programs in collaboration with the
Access and Fairness Committees of the State Bar, the Standing
Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and the California Young
It is funded by voluntary member dues designated
to promote the elimination of bias in the profession and outreach to
local bar associations.
For additional information about the meeting,
including MCLE course offerings and registration materials, visit the
State Bar's web site, www.calbar.org,
contact the Office of Legal Services, 415/538-2143, or e-mail Betty.Barker@calsb.org.