ABA Files Amicus Brief Regarding Profits of Dissolved Law Firm

The American Bar Association last Thursday filed an amicus brief in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals asking the court to reject a bankruptcy trustee’s rule to capture profits earned by new law firms from clients previously served by the dissolved firm Howrey LLP, according to a press release on its website. The issue is whether D.C. law gives a dissolved firm a property interest in “substantively new representations undertaken by third-party firms.” The bankruptcy trustee contends it does and wants to impose on former Howrey partners and the partners’ new firms a duty to pay to the dissolved firm all profits earned by them on the hourly rate matters of former clients. The ABA is asking the court to reject the trustee’s rule and affirm that the profits in question are not the property of the dissolved firm and not subject to claims by creditors. You can view the brief here.

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TBA Animal Law Section Members Complete ABA Humane Education Project Training

TBA Animal Law Section members Shannon Romain and Daina Bray recently attended a joint public service project between the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee and the Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (H.E.A.R.T.). The program, held on April 8 at the historic Berry Hill Community Center in Nashville, is designed to train adult volunteers to have conversations about animal and environmental welfare with 4th and 5th-grade students in classroom and group settings. The goal of the H.E.A.R.T is to help students develop critical thinking skills and encourage animal and environmental compassion through nonjudgmental dialogues about real-world experiences. Bray was instrumental in bringing the program to Nashville, which included one-day training for Davidson County attorneys and youth counselors from various local organizations. Stay tuned for details on next year’s training program.

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Understanding Workplace Experiences of Legal Professionals: Project Survey

The American Bar Association is launching a nationwide study, conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases encountered by LGBT and/or lawyers with disabilities and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases. Taking this brief survey will assist the ABA in its goal to generate a positive impact on the legal profession and on the lives and careers of LGBT lawyers and/or lawyers with disabilities. Thanks for your help with this endeavor. 


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ABA Groups Highlights Diversity Efforts

The ABA’s Fund for Justice and Education is highlighting activities conducted across the organization this month as part of the ABA’s Goal III – to eliminate bias and enhance diversity. Divisions inside the ABA involved in meeting the goal include the The Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission, the ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and more.

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