New ABA President Outlines Priorities

Newly sworn in American Bar Association President Laurel G. Bellows emphasized a theme of “lawyers matter” in her acceptance speech yesterday, saying lawyers “are the first responders when liberty and justice are imperiled.” She also called on lawyers to fight the horrors of human trafficking – a crime that gets too little attention, she says. Her other areas of focus for the year include improving cyber security in a way that is consistent with corporate and individual rights, preserving funding for the judicial branch, promoting the importance of civil jury trials, and developing a model compensation policy that advances women and minorities in the workplace. Read more about her goals in the ABA Journal