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December 5, 2013
Restored Historic Court Records Are Returned to Virgin Islands
A once-decaying book of court records, dating to before the American Revolution, has been painstakingly repaired and returned to federal court officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Albany federal judge will attain senior status
Judge W. Louis Sands is soon to become a senior judge in the federal court system. His seat on the federal bench will become vacant next April, according to the future vacancies list on the U. S. courts website.
Contact the President
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Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí
FBA Membership Activities
Don’t Forget to Check Out the Newest Membership Benefit: The FBA Judicial Profile Index
The new Judicial Profile Index is a powerful new resources for members. It contains all judicial profiles published in The Federal Lawyer magazine from 2007 through September 2013, and will be updated quarterly with new profiles. Organized by circuit and district and searchable by keyword, the index provides valuable information on federal judges nationwide.
To access the index:
- Visit www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/fba/judicialprofileindex/
- Your username is the email you used to sign up for the FBA.
- Your temporary password is Federal.
- You'll be prompted to enter a new password in the next window.
- After you enter your new password, the index will open.
If you have any problems logging in, email Rebecca Do, communications coordinator, for assistance.
Is your FBA annual membership almost up? Help FBA be more efficient and help save dollars that can be used elsewhere to benefit the membership. Please renew now online.
2014 38th Annual Tax Law Conference
The 38th Annual Tax Law Conference is pleased to announce their featured speakers:
David A. Hubbert, Deputy Assistant Attorney General For Civil Trial Matters, U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division
William J. Wilkins, IRS Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Visit the FBA website for more information about Hubbert and Wilkins as well as the conference. The Tax Law Conference will again include a full day of CLE. Check the website regularly for updates; a full agenda should be available this December. For questions about the webcast or to receive more information please contact Kate Faenza Koch at KKoch@fedbar.org.
Early Bird Rates until January 31, 2014:
- FBA Members: $260
- Nonmembers: $360
- Government Employees: $60
Save on registration fees by registering now.
2013 Labor and Employment Conference Sessions are Available
Missed the 2013 Labor and Employment Conference that took place on May 2-3, 2013. The conference sessions will be made available for purchase for those unable to attend the event! The recorded sessions are free for all attendees. Please contact Sherwin Valerio for information about watching the recorded sessions!
FBA CLE Webinars
Register today to earn CLE credit and stay up-to-date on federal issues. FBA Members receive a discount on registration!
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Attention Employers and Job Seekers!
The FBA Legal Career Center is available to employers looking to fill a position and to job seekers looking to take the next step in advancing their careers. The career center is an excellent resource for employers to reach a highly targeted pool of federal practitioners at a good price, and provides access to job openings nationwide to those seeking a job. Job seekers can also proactively manage all aspects of their job search and create a professional action plan tailored to their goals, all for FREE. Visit the Career Center today!
Chapters: Apply for the Foundation’s Community Outreach Grant Program by December 15
Applications for the Foundation of the FBA’s Community Outreach Grant Program are being accepted until December 15. All FBA chapters are encouraged to submit a grant application for projects that address the need for legal services in the community or fall under the Foundation’s mission. For an application and detailed grant criteria, visit the Foundation's website.
Mid-South Chapter will hold its Annual Membership Meeting, Election & Free CLE on December 11
Please join us on December 11 for a brief membership meeting to elect the 2014 chapter officers and directors. Following the meeting, we will have a free one-hour ethics CLE presentation by David Wade of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston on “Avoiding Tricky Conflicts in Your Everyday Practice.”
Oklahoma City Chapter’s Session Four of “Federal Trial Practice—A Really Useful CLE Series on What Should Happen after a Jury is Selected”
On December 13, 2013, 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m, Judge Suzanne Mitchell and Rob Ramana of the Calvert Law Firm will present “The Appellate Perspective” in the Jury Assembly Room of the Federal Courthouse. There is no charge for members. Fees for non-members is $35 per session.
What is your chapter doing this winter? Jane Zaretskie, Manager of Chapters and Circuits, wants to know.We’ll promote your events on our website and in this e-newsletter.
Sections and Divisions
Immigration Law and Securities Law Section • Immigration Leadership Luncheon Series • December 11
The Immigration Law Section once again presents their monthly luncheon series. The luncheon will be held on December 11 and will be co-sponsored by the D.C. Chapter. Hon. Paul Wickham Schmidt, immigration judge, executive judge for immigration review, U.S. Department of Justice is this month’s featured guest. Register now.
Section on Taxation • 2014 Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition • January 6, 2013
The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation is once again sponsoring an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. Students are allowed to submit any original paper concerning federal taxation. A money prize will be awarded to the first and second place papers, in addition to a complimentary ticket to the Annual Tax Law Conference. For more information, please visit the competition page.
Federal Career Service Division • Public Service Career Fair • January 24
The Federal Career Service Division and participating law schools in the D.C. area invite all students to attend the Public Service Career Fair on January 24. The program will feature individual interviews, table talk opportunities and resume collections for attendees. Visit the program page for more details!
Younger Lawyers Division • 2014 Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition • March 27-28
Registration for the 2014 competition is open. The competition, designed for two-person teams, will focus on written briefs as well as oral arguments. This year’s topic will address emerging issues in federal law. Sign your school up today. Visit the program page for more details.
Reach Out to Your Alma Mater and Help Grow the FBA Law Student Division!
Alums—help make sure your law schools are represented in the FBA by reaching out and encouraging law students to join the FBA. For more information, contact Sherwin Valerio.
If your section or division has an event to share in this newsletter or on our website, submit it to Sherwin Valerio.
FBA Member Plus Program
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