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2017 President’s Award goes to James C. Coyle.

It is my privilege to announce that James C. Coyle, Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel, is the recipient of the 2017 NOBC President’s Award.

Jim epitomizes all that is best about NOBC: a visionary in domestic and international regulatory issues, a leader in the movement towards proactive attorney regulation, a passionate advocate for attorney wellbeing, a mentor to both new and experienced regulatory counsel in other jurisdictions, a font of ideas for quality programming for NOBC conferences, and an overall recognized leader within the NOBC. He conducts himself at all times with his mantra of “promoting the public interest” as his guiding principle, thereby improving the profession while protecting the public that all attorneys serve. He does so without self-aggrandizement or seeking reward or recognition for his work. He is the consummate team-player and consensus builder. In short, Jim is one class-act.

Please join me in congratulating Jim. Of course, the official presentation will take place at the NOBC Annual in NYC. In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know the good news.

Congratulations Jim. Well-earned and well-deserved.

William D. Slease
2016-17 NOBC President

Notice of Elections and Call for Candidates

To paraphrase an age-old typing exercise, “Now is the time for all good men members to come to the aid of the NOBC!" It is time to consider becoming a candidate for NOBC Officer, Director or Delegate.

The elections will be held for President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, one Director-at-Large (Term: 2017-2019) and the NOBC Delegate to the ABA House (Term: 2017-2019). The election of officers and directors will take place at the Business Meeting during the Annual Meeting of NOBC. This year that will be Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM, in New York, New York.

Melinda Bentley, Treasurer, has announced her intention to seek the President-Elect position. Wendy Muchman, Secretary, will seek the Treasurer position. John Berry will be seeking another term as ABA Delegate.

If you have any interest in seeking a position on the Board, please send an email with your résumé or curriculum vitae, a statement of your reasons for seeking the office and a list of your NOBC involvement to the Nominating Committee¹:

Paul J. Burgoyne (PA), Immediate Past President

Katie Uston, President-Elect

Barbara Seymour, At-Large Director (2016-2018)

If you have any questions about the duties of an officer or director, or wish to have the newly adopted contested election procedure explained, do not hesitate to contact any member of the Nominations Committee. [A redlined copy of the new By-Law is at this link: ]

All applications are due on or before the close of business on April 15, 2017.

¹ In accordance with NOBC By-Laws and tradition, the Nominating Committee is comprised of the Immediate Past President and 2 other Board members, neither of whom is a candidate in the forthcoming election.

Changes to NOBC Bylaws – Voting Procedures

Pursuant to the National Organization of Bar Counsel Bylaws, Article XVII, Section 5, notice is hereby given of proposed amendments to the NOBC Bylaws pertaining to voting procedures for NOBC officer and director positions. The text of the proposed amendments can be accessed by clicking on this link . The petition seeking the amendments has received a majority vote of the NOBC Board of Directors and ratification of the proposed amendments will be sought at the NOBC Business Meeting at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel and Executive Meeting Center on Friday, February 3, 2016 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

ABA Adopts New Anti-Discrimination Rule 8.4(g)

September 2016 - By: Peter Geraghty, Director,  ETHICSearch,  ABA Center for Professional Responsibility - 

After more than two years of intensive drafting and negotiation with entities, both from within and outside of the American Bar Association, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility’s (SCEPR) Resolution 109 regarding a new Rule 8.4(g) Misconduct was adopted on Aug. 8 by the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

During the House deliberations, SCEPR Chair Myles Lynk delivered the report and Mark Johnson Roberts, chair of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Wendi S. Lazar, of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession; Don Bivens, of the ABA Section of Litigation; and Donald D. Slesnick, of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, all rose to speak in favor of the amendment. No one spoke in opposition, and the rule was adopted by a voice vote. A video of the House proceedings is available, click here.

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