Bencher Deadlines & Themes

September/October 2019

Theme: Disasters and Emergency Preparedness
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Has your legal practice been affected by a natural disaster or catastrophic emergency? How did you weather the storm? What lessons did you learn and what steps can be taken to protect your practice from the unexpected? What are the ethical implications and what advice would you give others to be prepared in the future?  How can lawyers help other lawyers in a disaster situation and how can the courts assist?  What examples of professionalism in these situations can you share with us?

November/December 2019

Theme: Communication in the Age of Social Media
Deadline: August 1, 2019
Social media offers new opportunities to market and communicate. Social Media may also raise ethical concerns as well as issues regarding professionalism and civility for judges and lawyers. What has been your experience with social media (positive or negative) and how have you avoided any potential pitfalls associated with its use? This issue of The Bencher explores the use of social media and the issues that may arise from its use.

January/February 2020

Theme: Women in the Legal Profession
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Today, women comprise a large percentage of the legal profession. How are women faring today in the practice of law? Who were the trailblazers? What barriers have women faced and how have they overcome them? Share with us who you admire and why. How have women entering the profession impacted the practice of law?

March/April 2020

Theme: Lawyer Well Being
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Stress, anxiety, depression, and addictive behaviors are unfortunately not uncommon in the practice of law. What is the profession doing to address these issues? What are the ethical implications? Which strategies work best to minimize stressors? What are lawyers, judges, and law students doing to keep themselves healthy? Tell us about resources that are available to provide assistance.  

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