Thanks President Obama! Now we can have a Happy New Year!

Here’s the official press release:

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

December 29, 2010

Statement by the Press Secretary, 12/29/2010

On Wednesday, December 29, 2010, the President signed into law:

H.R. 6398, which provides for permanent Federal deposit insurance coverage for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, the interest earned on which is used by States to support legal aid for low-income individuals.

Why does this mean?

This amendment will provide Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTAs) with the same temporary, unlimited insurance coverage afforded to noninterest-bearing transaction accounts under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – H.R. 6398 extends unlimited FDIC insurance to IOLTA accounts through December 31, 2012.

For more details, http://www.fdic.gov/deposit/deposits/changes2.html.

Happy New Year!

-RFW


Friday Wrap 5.29.09

All the week’s “atj” newsworthy items wrapped up

Friday Wrap Friday Wrap

Texas – Texas Access to Justice Commission and Foundation Recognize Major Contributors to Texas Legal Aid

Chicago, Illinois – ABA Invites Obama to it Annual Meeting

Washington, D.C. – 2nd ABA National Conference on Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities (Hurry for the EARLY BIRD special because after June 1st the registration increases)

United States Supreme Court – President Obama nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court (For more news links, click here. For blog coverage, click here.)

Brooklyn, New York – A Call for Pro Bono at Boro Hall

Lexington, Kentucky – Interview with a True Change Agent

Nashville, Tennessee – New Legal Advice Clinic to Help with Debt Issues

Richmond, Virginia – LINC Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Public Justice Center – Donor Inspires Us with $10,000 Gift 

Ventura County, California – New County Program Helping Low-Income Families Adopt

 Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Practical Paralegalism: Paying it Forward

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Credit Card Reforms Could Help Statements

Fairfield, Connecticut – Hard Times Force People Into Family Court “Solo”

Honolulu, Hawaii – Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher Supports Access to Justice Commission

Australia – Pro Bono Work Good for Law Students

New York, New York – Pro Bono Recruitment Drive

San Diego, California – Law Made Public: Legal Research Class for the Self-Represented Litigant

-RFW

Celebrate May 1st a/k/a Law Day

President Obama, himself an attorney, issued a Presidential Proclamation that this May 1st (Law Day) we celebrate the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday. President Lincoln was an attorney who had significant impact on the laws of this country.

Happy May Day!

Happy Law Day!

Happy Friday!

– RFW

Obama’s National Day of Service

I can’t say that my classmates and I were always enthusiastic about sitting through our professional responsibility class (or most classes for that matter). So I was surprised at how intense the debate became when the topic of possible mandatory pro bono work came up.

While several of my classmates supported the idea, a good many were adamantly opposed, stating that they would simply leave the pro bono work to be done by those people who actually cared. They would do the rainmaking and the pro bono department at their would-be large firm would do the “dirty work” so to speak. 

Alex Reading Ethics
Alex Reading Ethics

Now, I won’t claim that the idea of a large paycheck isn’t appealing, but there is more to the legal profession.  The legal profession is one that has traditionally sounded in working for the public good. 

That’s why I was happy to read that since 2006, there has been an 8% increase in the number of pro bono hours worked by attorneys.

The ABA now asks the nation’s lawyers to support President Obama’s plan for a national day of service and even provides a website listing pro bono opportunities throughout the nation.

Read on at: http://www.abanet.org/abanet/media/statement/statement.cfm?releaseid=522

 Alex