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GULF OIL SPILL LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS, ETHICS OF ELECTION LAW AMONG TOPICS AT ABA MEETING IN SANTA FE

Young lawyers launch project to serve low-income seniors needing legal help

CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2010 – Members of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will convene in Santa Fe, N.M., Oct. 14 – 16 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa for the division’s 2010 Fall Conference. The conference offers unprecedented networking and learning opportunities for new lawyers, or practitioners under the age of 36. Hot topics include the legal issues stemming from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Native American law, legal ethics related to resolving election disputes and advancement of diversity in the legal profession.

“The Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference is the perfect opportunity for young lawyers to enhance their practice skills, and subject knowledge, while networking and giving back to the community by volunteering for the ‘Serving Our Seniors’ initiative,” said David Wolfe, division chair.

Notable programs include “Valuing Diversity in the Legal Profession,” which will feature prominent members of the State Bar of New Mexico for a discussion on the importance of diversity in the legal profession. The ABA’s “Diversity in the Legal Profession: Next Steps” guide will be presented, along with diversity implementation suggestions.

“The 101 Basics of Native American Law: An Introduction” will provide a primer on how the tribal legal process works, specifically, tribal criminal, criminal, civil and regulatory jurisdiction.

Additionally, “Legal Ramifications of the Gulf Oil Spill” will analyze one of the nation’s largest manmade disasters and the resulting legal ramifications. Panelists will discuss the effects on employment law and the regulation of dangerous occupations, with an emphasis on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its role protecting workers. An overview of the claim process, the status of major suits filed and the anticipated regulatory response will also be addressed.

Volunteers for the Serving Our Seniors project will provide low-income Santa Fe residents with pro bono, or free, legal services in the form of wills, powers of attorney and advance healthcare directives. These services will be provided to residents of the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center, 1121 Alto Street, Santa Fe, and is the official launch for the yearlong project.

Complete Fall Conference details are available at www.abanet.org/yld/fall10.

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is the home for young lawyers. With more than 150,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, the ABA YLD is the largest young lawyer organization in the world and the largest Division of the ABA.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.