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Experts Fear American Bar Association's New Misconduct Rule Will Punish Lawyers Who Criticize Gay Marriage

Legal experts are expressing concerns over the recently approved revisions to the American Bar Association's misconduct rule, which some critics claim creates a "speech code" banning criticism of issues like gay marriage and Islam.

“My inference is that the ABA wants to … limit lawyers’ expression of viewpoints that it disapproves of.”

Eugene Volokh on troubling implications for speech of the American Bar Association’s new adoption of rules declaring it a professional responsibility violation for lawyers to express bias in various ways, including in the course of “law-related social activities.” More: ABA Journal, Ron Rotunda/WSJ, Stephen Bainbridge. Show More Summary

Law Professor: ABA Discrimination Code Tramples on Lawyer Speech

Backers of the new professional misconduct code adopted by the American Bar Association say they're an overdue step to combat discrimination and bias in the legal profession. But controversy around the ethics rules persists.

William Caudill Named Chair of ABA Tax Section

ABA Tax Section Press Release: William H. Caudill, a partner in the Houston, TX, office of Norton Rose Fulbright, has been selected to chair the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, the nation’s largest organization of tax lawyers. Mr. Caudill will serve a one-year term, to be succeeded by Karen...

The ABA sets forth a de facto speech code for lawyers

(Paul Mirengoff) The American Bar Association has long been a leftist outfit. So it’s not surprising to see its leftism manifested in a new provision in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct — rules that, as Eugene Volokh says, have been adopted by many states as binding on lawyers practicing there. Show More Summary

McArdle:ABA Should Shut Down 'Avaricious' Law Schools That Make 'Morally Abhorrent' Decision To Admit Students With Little Chance Of Paying Off Their Loans, Despite Adverse Effects On Diversity

Bloomberg View: Crack Down on Law Schools That Don’t Pass the Bar, by Megan McArdle: The American Bar Association is considering a plan that would endanger the accreditation of any law school where fewer than three-quarters of the students pass the bar within two years. That is setting up a...

Don't Call Me 'Darling': American Bar Association Bans Sexist Language

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

The bar has passed a resolution prohibiting conduct that lawyers should "know or reasonably know" is harassment or discrimination, following the lead of many U.S. states.

Sorry Toots, the Boys Can't Call Ya Honey Anymore

It just got harder to demean other attorneys on the basis of race, religion, sex, disability, age, or other factors, when engaging in conduct related to the practice of law. On Monday, at the American Bar Association's national meeting in San Francisco, the ABA adopted new rules that make......

“As 17 states enact new voter laws, panelists disagree on their impact on voting”

ABA: Panelists on the Aug. 6 American Bar Association program “Post-Shelby Voter and Election Laws: Necessary Measures to Prevent Voter Fraud, the Result of Budgetary Limitations, or Denial of Access to Justice” divided down the middle and never found common … Continue reading ?

American Bar Association Votes To Prohibit Calling Women "Honey" or "Darling" In Court

The American Bar Association voted on Monday topenalize lawyers who refer to women in the courtroom as "honey" or "darling." This was in response...

New rule bars lawyers from undermining women attorneys by calling them ‘honey’ or ‘darling’

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Attorneys who refer to women lawyers as “honey” or “darling” could face penalties under new professional guidelines adopted by the American Bar Association. Nearly two dozen state bars and the District of Columbia have already implemented similar rules, which explicitly...

-ABA: Proposed Rule Change Could Affect Religious Freedom of Attorneys?

The American Bar Association is having their annual meeting in San Francisco CA. There are concerns about a proposed rule change that might affect the free speech and religious freedom of lawyers in the USA. Here’s the story from Charisma News: Under the new rule, attorneys could be disciplined by state bar authorities for expressing […]

ABA Adopts Disputed Antidiscrimination Rule

The American Bar Association passed a rule aimed at curbing discriminatory behavior by lawyers.

Non-Sequiturs: 08.09.16

Did Cadwalader make the wrong move in canceling its summer program? [Law and More] The American Bar Associate needs to embrace change or be "left in the dust," ABA executive director Jack Rives declared at the organization's annual meeting. Show More Summary

Dallas Public Law School in Peril After Accreditation Setback

An American Bar Association committee has recommended against granting Dallas’ first public law school provision accreditation.

A.B.A. Prohibits Sexual Harassment, Joining Many State Bars

The American Bar Association revised its ethics rule to forbid lawyers from using demeaning or misogynistic terms or actions.

Female Attorneys Seek to Ban Men from the Courtroom

2 weeks agoLifestyle : xoJane

Our legal system has 99 problems and men are...well OK not all of them, but definitely many of them. Did you know that the American Bar Association doesn't have a flat ban on sexist behavior, though bar associations in 23 states and the District of Columbia thought sexism was enough of a problem to... Continue reading

ABA Approves Academic Credit For Paid Externships Despite Faculty Opposition

Following up on my previous posts (links below): National Law Journal, ABA Approves Pay for Law Students’ For-Credit Externships: After more than two years of debate, the American Bar Association has lifted its ban on law students receiving both pay and academic credit for externships. The organization’s House of Delegates...

American Bar Association Looking Into Banning Harassment and Discrimination in Courtroom

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

The American Bar Association is currently looking into banning the discrimination and harassment that exists between men and women lawyers who work within courtrooms, law firms, and beyond.

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