2020-2021 NCBP Engagement Opportunities
YOU have the opportunity to make a contribution to the organized bar by submitting a nomination for the NCBP Council or volunteering to serve on any of the NCBP standing committees. The NCBP Council positions are three-year terms, and begin on August 1, 2020. Read more about the nomination process. Nominations are due by Wednesday, June 10, 2020. NCBP committees include Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, Finance, Membership, Metro Bar Caucus, Program, Sponsorship, and 21st Century Lawyer Webinars. Terms start in August of 2020, and run through August of 2021. Applications to serve on a committee are due by Friday, June 26, 2020. Even if you have served on a committee in the past, you MUST sign up to serve for the 2020-2021 year.
2020-2021 NCBP Diversity Scholarships Now Available...The goal of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to strengthen the alliance between associations of all kinds to the benefit of the organized bar, the profession, and society as a whole. Now more than ever, that alliance and staying connected is key to being a leader. NCBP has a host of resources to help all bar leaders stay connected and lead. In order to reach out to a broader range of bar leaders, NCBP has established the Diversity Scholarship program. Applications are now being accepted for up to ten 2020-2021 diversity scholarships - read more about the scholarships and apply now!
ABA Creating New Coordinating Group on Practice Forward...The ABA’s new Coordinating Group on Practice Forward will provide thought leadership on the emerging challenges and opportunities confronting the legal profession and the justice system arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will seek input from partners including state, local and specialty bar associations for how the post-COVID-19 legal workforce can function. The group will harness the knowledge of experts from a broad range of areas including economics, health, social psychology, and technology. With its emphasis on the practice of law, Practice Forward will complement the important work of the ABA Task Force on Legal Needs Arising from the 2020 Pandemic, which is coordinating legal services for low-income and other vulnerable populations. Practice Forward will be co-chaired by Bill Bay, a past president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, partner with Thompson Coburn LLP, and current chair of the ABA House of Delegates, and Laura Farber, a long-time ABA leader and partner with Hahn & Hahn in Pasadena, CA. Watch for outreach from the Coordinating Group on Practice Forward in the coming weeks. If you have information you'd like to share on this topic, please submit it to Katy.Englehart@americanbar.org.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month...Since 1949, the United States has observed Mental Health Awareness in May, with many national organizations such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Mental Health America helping raise awareness about the importance of mental health. For lawyers, the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being was created in 2017, with a coalition of entities committed to improve well-being in the legal profession. Do you need a break from all the COVID news? Check out the resources provided by these three organizations, or take a mindful moment with the Ontario Bar Association's Mindful Moments Page.
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