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Get ready for Cyber Monday — Nov. 28th
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With Thanksgiving still in air, we want to extend our thanks to you as a valued member of the National Bar Association. To show our gratitude, we are rolling back the special members only* rate for our upcoming 87th Annual Convention in Las Vegas and our Mid-Winter Meeting in St. Maarten!

The sale will be a one-time only opportunity and we want you to take advantage of it. As a member, you can register for the following events at discounted prices:
  • Mid-Winter Meeting in St. Maarten (January 18-22) — Take 10 percent off the member price.

  • 87th Annual Convention & Exhibits in Las Vegas (July 14-19)— Pre-register at the special $400 rate (nonmember rate is currently $800).

  • *Current members of the National Bar Association; dues must be current for 2012 bar year.

    Nominations requested for the GWAC Bar/GWAC Foundation 2012 Charlotte E. Ray Award
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    The Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association and the GWAC Foundation are actively soliciting nominations for the 2012 Charlotte E. Ray Award. Since 1989, GWAC and the GWAC Foundation, Inc. have annually recognized an outstanding African-American woman from our local bar in honor of Charlotte E. Ray, the first woman admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the first African-American woman certified as a lawyer in the United States. Nominations are due Dec. 9 More

    San Mateo County Bar Association Diversity Committee invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Distinguished Service by African American Justices in California — Dec. 6
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    San Mateo County Bar Association Diversity Committee will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Distinguished Service by African American Justices in California from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PST Dec. 6. There is no cost to attend the event, but RSVP is required. For more information, contact Kristina Chung at

    National Bar Association's financial outreach in high gear
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    President Daryl Parks meets with NBC Universal's general counsel and vice presidents

    On Nov. 10, President Daryl Parks and Vice President Twanda Turner-Hawkins met with NBC Universal's General Counsel Richard Cotton and several vice presidents.

    NBA leaders meet with Target, Cargill, Smith Medical, Fredrikson and Byron, Blackwell and Burke and Dorsey and Whitney during Minnesota road show

    On Nov. 11, Vice President Pamela Meanes, Past President Paulette Brown and Lori-Ann Jones met with James Rowander and Dionne Blake from Target, Spiwe Pierce from Smiths Medical, Holly Eng from Cargill, Jerry Blackwell from Blackwell & Burke, Adonis Neblett and Mary Ranum from Fredrikson & Byron, Cornell Moore and Dorsey & Whitney, during the NBA Minnesota fundraising trip. This trip is a part of the NBA 2011-2012 Road Show. The purpose of the NBA Road Show is to visit corporations, law firms and individuals in various cities to explore ways that the NBA can develop and/or strengthen its partnership with these entities and individuals to improve and increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. For each city, a local person(s) is selected to serve as the lead person. The lead person's duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as a contact and resource for fundraising meetings, outreach and/or receptions and selecting companies, law firms and/or individuals that a NBA delegation can make a presentation. The lead person for the Minnesota trip was Lori-Ann Jones.

    Minority Bar Coalition honors diversity champs
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    The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its diversity of people and culture. It's no different with lawyers — the Minority Bar Coalition of the Greater Bay Area spans a network of more than 25 bar associations organized by race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin and sexual orientation. The coalition is dedicated to working together to advance the cause of diversity in the legal profession, and on Nov. 14 it presented its Unity Awards to representatives who've helped advance that goal.

    Pre-register today for the Mid-Winter Meeting in St. Maarten; early bird deadline ends Dec. 15; prices start at $199*
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    To register, click here. (*Restrictions apply.)

    The following speakers are confirmed:
  • Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree
  • St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams
  • Jocelyn Larkin, Executive Director of The Impact Fund and Lead Co-Counsel for Ms. Dukes (v. Wal-Mart)
  • Honorable Carl E Stewart, Judge, United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Honorable Bernice Donald, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Honorable John Allen Houston, Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, Judge, United States District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Honorable Sylvia R. Cooks, Judge, Louisiana Court of Appeal Third Circuit
  • Honorable Edwin A. Lombard, Judge, Louisiana Court of Appeal Fourth Circuit
  • Barbara R. Arnwine, Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

  • To register, click here.

    Save the date for the National Bar Association's Law And Religion 3rd Annual National Conference — April 27-28
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    The National Bar Association Law and Religion Section will host its third national conference April 27-28 in Chicago. The conference theme is "Faith, Law and Politics." It will bring together clergy and lay leaders from various faith communities, community members and activists, lawyers and judges to focus on how the law provides a bridge between faith and politics in our vibrant democracy. Save the date as you do not want to miss this outstanding election year event. Early bird registration information will be forthcoming.

    What: National Bar Association Law and Religion Third National Conference
    Theme: Faith, Law and Politics
    When: April 27-28
    Where: Chicago
    Venue: Marriott Courtyard Hotel (165 E. Ontario St., Chicago)
    Room rate (while available): $149/night plus tax
    Hotel reservations: 312-573-0800, 800-321-2211
    Program: Includes continental breakfast, seminars, religious leader roundtable, keynote luncheon, exhibition space and illustrative seminars (Voter Education and Election Protection; Tax, Religion and Politics; Religious Bodies, 501(c)(3)and Related Liabilities; and Church, Mosque, Temple and the Foreclosure Crisis)

    For more program information, contact Professor Carlton Waterhouse at 317-274-8055 or the NBA at 202-842-3900.

    Upcoming Events

    Date Event Location
    Jan. 18-22 Mid-Winter Meeting
    Co-Sponsored: Judicial Council, Small Firms/Solo Practitioners'/Young Lawyers Divisions
    Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
    St. Maarten
    Event Registration
    Feb. 23-25 Corporate Counsel Conference Doral Golf Resort and Spa
    March Annual Day on the Hill Washington, D.C.
    March 7 National Black Law Students Association 44th Annual Convention Washington, D.C.
    April 12-15 California Association of Black Lawyers Conference and NBA Region IX Annual Meeting Emeryville, Calif.
    April 19-22 Mid-Year Conference & Gertrude E. Rush Award Dinner Tampa, Fla.
    June 1-20 International Affiliates Meeting Morocco
    July 14-19 87th Annual Convention & Exhibits Las Vegas
    Event Registration
    July-August 2013 88th Annual Convention & Exhibits Miami

    Colleagues remember Pennsylvania judge
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    A titan of the York County, Pa., judicial system passed away suddenly Nov. 21. Judge Clarence Patterson Jr. collapsed outside of the courthouse and was taken to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 1 p.m. from a heart-related issue. In 2010, Patterson, known as Chuck, became York County's first African-American judge. His colleagues said there wasn't a person Patterson met that he didn't touch. More

    Cheryl Austin 1st black female elected to Montgomery County, Pa., Court of Common Pleas
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    VideoBrief Cheryl Austin has achieved many firsts in a long career, and as the first black female elected to the Montgomery County, Pa., Court of Common Pleas, she is destined to achieve more. Her latest "first" happened on election day when she won a 10-year term as a judge on the Montgomery County court. Early in her collegiate career, she was one of the first female midshipman in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program. In her 15-year legal career, she has worked as assistant Montgomery County prosecutor, assistant Montgomery County Solicitor and staff attorney for the Ohio Supreme Court. More

    Washington, DC, license plate readers: A useful tool for police comes with privacy concerns
    The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Scores of cameras across Washington, D.C., capture 1,800 images a minute and download the information into a rapidly expanding archive that can pinpoint people's movements all over town. More than 250 cameras in the District and its suburbs scan license plates in real time, helping police pinpoint stolen cars and fleeing killers. But the program quietly has expanded beyond what anyone had imagined even a few years ago. With virtually no public debate, police agencies have begun storing the information from the cameras, building databases that document the travels of millions of vehicles. More

    US Justice Department to investigate fatal Miami police shootings of 7 black suspects over 8 months
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation into whether Miami police officers engaged in a pattern of excessive use of deadly force in the fatal shootings of seven African-American suspects over an eight-month span. Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights, and Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said the probe will focus not on the individual officers but on whether the Miami Police Department's policies and practices on use of force led to violations of constitutional rights. The investigation is not criminal in nature. More

    Minority groups fight Florida county over voting power
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    Orange County, Fla., commissioners are risking a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice if they draw voting districts that preserve their power while diluting the strength of Hispanics and blacks, activists said. As commissioners continued to tweak district maps, a minority coalition said the yearlong process may end with a complaint accusing the county of violating the Voting Rights Act. More

    California court weighs in on retiree health benefits
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    The California Supreme Court declined to give local governments carte blanche to hike health premiums for retired workers, saying that retirees could have a right to such benefits in some circumstances. Governments across California have been closely watching the lawsuit with pension and other retirement-related expenses a growing concern as they consume more of their already strained budgets. More

    Backers of Proposition 8 can challenge court ruling
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    The California Supreme Court ruled that proponents of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, have legal standing to challenge the decision by a lower court judge overturning the ban, after the state's governor and attorney general refused to defend the proposition. The ruling came as an advisory decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which had asked for guidance on how to proceed in the case after Gov. Jerry Brown and the state attorney general declined to defend the constitutionality of the proposition. More

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