Reminder: Windows XP is about to lose security support
Those of you still using Windows XP had best think about upgrading, and soon.
The operating system, released in 2001, is being taken off Microsoft's support list on Arpil 8. This means there will be no more security upgrades, and any new vulnerabilities that get expolited will go unpatched.
Iowa Bar says in-state law grads should not have to take bar exam
The Iowa State Bar Association's board of governors has approved a committee recommendation that says students who graduate from Drake University Law School or the University of Iowa College of Law should be admitted to the Iowa Bar without being required to take a bar exam. The proposal is designed to allow students to begin working soon after graduation, so they can get a leg up on law school debt. Read more on the bar's website.
Task force studying Michigan attempt to make state bar dues voluntary
The introduction of a bill in the Michigan Legislature to make most of the State Bar of Michigan's dues voluntary, has led to the state's Supreme Coury creating a task force to study the issue.
The task force will examine whether the portion of dues not used to pay for administering the state's attorney disciplinary system, be made voluntary. Read more in the Grand Rapids Business Journal.
Wisconsin Bar studies how to help new attorneys financially
A task force of the State Bar of Wisconsin has released recommendations on how the bar can best help new attorneys who are struggling with financial burdens. Recomendations ranged from reduced-rate CLE programming, to having the bar sponsor a law firm that could provide short-term apprenticeships. Read more on the State Bar's website.
Blog critical of state bars draws response
The rapid pace of social media was on full display recently, when a blog post critical of bar associations came under fire from NABE members and other observers.
The post, "Bar Associations are Failing Lawyers," published on Jan. 20 by lawyer/blogger Joshua Lenon, said state bar associations are "slow to react, cede authority to outside groups, and fail to advocate for their members." Lenon citedwhat he called examples of these issues, and said "Lawyers deserve better service from these associations." The post appeared on lawyerist.com.
Reactions to the post were swift. At least two NABE Listervs began discussions, and a number of people posted replies on the Lawyerist site. Most were critical of the "broad brush" approach to attacking state bars, pointing out there are differences in how they are goverened, and the fact that most bars change leadership every year.
Lenon responded on Thursday, saying: "Several commenters both on Lawyerist, and elsewhere, made the point that this article applied criticism to bar associations with too broad a brush. This is true, and I apologize."
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