NBA NewsBrief
Feb. 22, 2013

National Bar Association Hosts its Annual Mid-Winter Meeting
On Feb. 14, the National Bar Association officially kicked off its annual Mid-Winter Meeting. The yearly event, hosted by the NBA Judicial Council, Small Firms/Solo Practitioners and Young Lawyers Divisions, was held at the Sheraton Nassau Resort & Casino in Nassau, Bahamas. Under the leadership of John E. Page, NBA President, Chairs Hon. Patrice Hinnant (Judicial Council), John Moore (Small Firms/Solo Practitioners), Aja Moore (Labor & Employment) and Michelle Thomas (Young Lawyers) this year's meeting provided timely continuing legal education seminars by industry experts and exclusive networking opportunities. In addition to continuing educational opportunities, attendees were able to participate in various outreach and public service projects within Bahamian communities, churches and schools.

Event Photos
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NBA President John E. Page and Preside-Elect
Patricia Rosier greet Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone
Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
Members at the Mid-Winter Networking Reception
NBA Judges during Annual Convocation
at Zion Baptist Church
CLE panelists during Mid-Winter Meeting Session
Prime Minister Christie NBA Judicial Council Chairperson Hon. Patrice
Hinnant and conference attendees

National Bar Association Announces its Mid-Year Conference and 33rd Annual Gertrude E. Rush Award Dinner
The National Bar Association will host its Annual Mid-Year Conference and Gertrude E. Rush Award Dinner on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif.

This year's one-day conference on April 5, which will be sponsored by the NBA Labor & Employment Law Section, will feature timely continuing legal education seminars with leading experts.

In addition to the conference, the NBA will host its Gertrude E. Rush Award Dinner on Saturday, April 6. This annual event honors the legacy of the sole female co-founder of the National Bar Association as well as those within the legal and greater community who continue to sustain her legacy.

2013 Gertrude E. Rush Honorees:
Michael A. Lawson
Retired Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Kim K.W. Rucker
Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs, Kraft Foods North America

Thomas J. Sabatino Jr.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Walgreen Co.

Brad Smith
General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

Karol Corbin Walker
Shareholder, LeClairRyan

Hon. Allen J. Webster Jr.
Superior Court Judge, State of California, County of Los Angeles

Remarks by: Andre Birotte Jr.
U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California

Performance by: Grammy-Nominated Singer Shanice Wilson

Heman Sweatt and Humanitarian Awardees:
NBA will honor Academy Award nominee and star of the upcoming movie release "Olympus Has Fallen" actress Angela Bassett and two-time Tony Award nominee Actor Courtney B. Vance for their inspiring and uplifting work.

Registration for the Mid-Year Conference and Gertrude E. Rush Award Dinner is $350 on or before March 18. Full registration includes: One (1) Gertrude E. Rush Award Dinner ticket and continuing legal education seminars. Registration after March 18, 2013 will be $400.

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Register TODAY for the NBA International Affiliates Meeting in Paris, Amsterdam and The Hague!
May 28-June 5 (airfare inclusive)
9 days/7 nights in Paris, Amsterdam and The Hague
First-class accommodations and CLE credit available

Meeting Registration and CLE fee:
$150 before Feb. 28
$200 after March 1
paid directly to the NBA

View the flyer for more details!

For information on registration for the meeting, contact Ms. Lijah Levi at 1-888-887-9710 or More

Apply by Feb. 28 for the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy!
The Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (the CBLA OR Leadership Academy), a joint initiative of the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Bar Association and the National Native American Bar Association.

The CBLA is a coordinated effort to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders by providing leadership training and professional development programs that will benefit current and future leaders, the bar association community and the legal profession overall. The CBLA marks the first substantive program resulting from a collaboration of the five sponsoring bar associations and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

We invite you to apply for the first class to be held June 27-28 in Minneapolis, Minn. A registration fee of $100 will be charged to confirmed participants. Please submit your signed application no later than 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 28. Applicants will receive notice of the Selection Committee's decision by the week of April 15.

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Apply Today for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition
Register today for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition. The deadline is Feb. 28.

The annual competition is showcased throughout the NBA's 12 regions across the United States and its annual convention and exhibits. This year's national competition will be held during the NBA's 88th Annual Convention & Exhibits in Miami.

2013 MLK Competition Question:

Trayvon Martin was killed walking to his home on Feb. 26, 2012, by George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watchman in a gated community. Some have justified Zimmerman's actions based on the Florida Stand Your Ground Law. If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive would he advocate to repeal the Florida Stand Your Ground Law and other similar laws? Please discuss why or why not.

Learn more about the competition and helpful tips through a weekly MLK Monday webinars! Tune in this Monday! Audio call for all Web meetings: 877-841-8228
Participant code: 1825782

Open Mic: Monday, Feb. 25 | 6-7 p.m. Eastern

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  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: snoopy1
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Save the Date! Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Shelby Case Feb. 27!
NBA and USA Today
Black elected officials from Alabama and some of the state's most prominent civil rights lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to preserve key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a case the court will hear Feb. 27. The county that wants the court to overturn those provisions also located in Alabama. Officials in Shelby County say the disputed Voting Rights Act provisions unfairly burden their county and other locations by requiring them to get federal approval before making any changes to their elections procedures.

That "pre-clearance" requirement targets all or part of 16 states, including Alabama, that have a history of discriminating against minorities at the ballot box.

The National Bar Association has filed court papers opposing Shelby County's arguments.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Feb. 27. To read more, click here.More

Check out the Fall 2012/Winter 2013 Edition of the NBA Magazine!
The Fall 2012/Winter 2013 Edition of the NBA Magazine features:

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Judicial Vacancies: Filling the Seats that Matter
In January, President Barack Obama greeted the opening of 113th Congress by renominating the 33 judicial candidates who failed to be confirmed in the last Congress. It served as a clear indicator of the White House's commitment to the federal judiciary and the start of Congress' work on judicial nominations.

Currently there are 90 vacancies, 31 of which have been declared judicial emergencies. The National Bar Association is committed to not only assisting with identifying candidates to fill these vacancies, but also ensuring that the federal judiciary becomes a truer representation of the country it serves. In order to accomplish these goals we need your help. Please email any information you have on a possible future vacancy or the steps being taken by your senator to fill that vacancy. More

Register Today for the Women Lawyers Division Annual U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony
Deadline for registration is May 1.

The National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division wishes to invite all members of the NBA who have not been admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court to participate in its Annual Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony on May 28. This ceremony is held annually in an effort to enhance the posture of African-American lawyers as legal advocates and to increase the number of minority lawyers who are readily available to represent their clients before this nation's highest court. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Women Lawyers Division's sponsorship of the NBA Supreme Court Group Swearing-in Ceremony.

Applicants must be members in good standing of their highest state court bar for three years prior to admission and must have their applications signed by two members of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. The cost of participation in this group swearing-in event is $350.00, which includes an application fee of $200.00. Completed applications are due by May 1.

You are encouraged to download the application from the Supreme Court's website, The foregoing is a direct link to the Supreme Court's website. Click on "Bar Admissions" to access the application.

For additional information, please contact Iris McCollum Green at 202-785-1171. More

Applications Available for the National Bar Association's Crump Law Camp

National Bar Association Crump Law Camp
July 6-16, 2013
Application deadline: March 15

With the beginning of the millennium and a recognition that it must be in the forefront of positive change in the legal profession, the National Bar Association established the National Bar Association Crump Law Camp. Since the first class of Law Campers convened at Howard University in July 2001 for a life changing experience, the two-week residential camp has graduated more than 300 youth from more than 40 states. The Law Camp, which is designed to provide high school students with an enjoyable and comprehensive introduction to the challenges of a legal education, attracts students throughout the United States from diverse backgrounds.

For more information, applications and to register, click here.More

The NBA Wants to Hear From You!
As a committed member of the National Bar Association, the nation's oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges, we want to hear from you regarding how the NBA has impacted your professional development and the value that the organization continues to have on you as a dedicated member of the legal profession. Please fill out this quick and easy online form and share your story. More