In ClosingThese have been interesting and challenging times to be the Treasurer of anything, let alone an organization as large and complex as the American Bar Association. Your support and encouragement have been humbling and gratifying and I thank you. Larry Gill, our new Chief Financial Officer known for his long service as an ABA member and as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Audit, has already made a significant and positive contribution to the Association’s financial services operations. With the improving economic climate and the energy evident throughout the Association, we are poised to make some very important changes we have talked about. I look forward to seeing the results of these initiatives and to sharing with you the success which is yet to come. … [Read more...] about ABA Treasurer’s Report: Fiscal Year Ending Aug. 31, 2010
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The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 will hold the first in a series of public hearings to receive input on issues relating to the regulation of lawyers in the United States during an era of increasing globalization and advances in technology. Lamm appointed the commission shortly after starting her term in August 2009. Its name recalls the Ethics 2000 Commission that conducted a full review of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct a decade ago, but Lamm gave the new commission an even broader mission—to look at lawyer regulation in a global context. … [Read more...] about Halftime Report
Yet the FCRA does allow attorneys to obtain credit reports on opposing litigants to review or collect on an existing credit account. And once a judgment is secured against an individual, the Federal Trade Commission says a debtor/creditor relationship has been established, giving the attorney who is seeking to collect on the judgment a green light to get a credit report on the judgment debtor. … [Read more...] about Reporting Errors
SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN FISCAL YEAR 2008As of August 31, 2008, Association revenues—that is the money coming in the door from dues, investments, meetings, publications and other sources of non-dues revenue, exceeded our expenses by $3.9 million for our General Operations. This surplus enables us to transfer $3.9 million to the Dues Warehouse to further delay a dues increase. In addition, during the fiscal year we (1) reduced our debt related to the purchase of our DC headquarters and the build-out of our Chicago offices by $2.7 million; (2) provided an additional $500,000 to the Enterprise Fund which encourages cooperation and collaboration among ABA entities working on joint projects and programs, and (3) transferred $14.5 million to our Permanent Reserve to meet our target of having “50% of our gross operating expenses” in reserve. We had clean audits from Ernest & Young for all Association activities including the very picky A-133 audit of … [Read more...] about ABA Treasurer’s Report
But it was a later email that caused Protess trouble, one that appeared to be altered after he and his students were subpoenaed. It was a copy of a 2007 email to his assistant about what was shared with McKinney’s lawyers. The copy Protess sent the university said: “My position about memos, as you know, is that we don’t keep copies.” … [Read more...] about Journalism & Justice: Did Innocence Project Student Reporters Get Too Close to Lawyers?