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LITTLE ROCK, AR (May 15, 2017)  – Today, I notified the association membership that a proposed initiated constitutional amendment will be considered June 16 by the House of Delegates during the 2017 Annual Meeting in Hot Springs.  A copy of the proposed amendment is being provided to the membership for its review.  The House of Delegates is the Association’s policy making body.  The Association’s rules require 2/3rds of the House vote to support or oppose any proposed constitutional amendment. The proposed amendment is comprised of five key provisions on ethics and good government.  They are as follows: (1)  Requiring standards be adopted relating to ...
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My comments are limited to Section 3 of the proposal concerning the rule making authority for the judicial branch. Neither I nor the Supreme Court nor others in the judiciary offer any comment or position on the other sections of the resolution.  * One of the grounding principles of our democracy, established at the time of our country's founding, enshrined in our national constitution and replicated in the constitutions of each of our states - including our own - is the separation of powers of each of the branches of government. * Separation of powers was adopted out of a fear of the concentration of power within any one institution or any one person ...
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As I reflected upon the swearing in of Chief Justice John Dan Kemp, and Justice Shawn Womack in January this year, I wrote that [o]ur democratic system depends upon all three branches functioning within the proper spheres and subject to the checks and balances put into place by our founding fathers. The legislative branch makes the law, the executive branch enforces the law, and the judiciary applies the law by following the rule of law. . . .[T]he rule of law requires that everyone must be governed by the same laws which are applied fairly, consistently, and equally to all regardless of race, gender or wealth. A fair and impartial judiciary is a hallmark ...
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News Release For Immediate Release Contact: Denise Hoggard hoggard@rainfirm.com LITTLE ROCK, AR (February 8, 2017) The Arkansas Bar Association is opposed to any attempt to usurp the constitutional authority of the judicial branch. Senate Joint Resolution 8, A Constitutional Amendment Limiting Contingency Fees and Awards of Punitive Damage; and Changing the Powers of the General Assembly and the Supreme Court Regarding Rules of Pleading, Practice, and Procedure, undermines the fair administration of justice and threatens our impartial courts. A fair and impartial judiciary is a hallmark of our democracy. The Associations Legislation ...
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On January 10, 2017, I attended the Arkansas Supreme Court swearing in ceremony for Chief Justice John Dan Kemp, and Justice Shawn Womack. Chief Justice Kemps comments have been posted to the Arkansas Supreme Court website and can be found by clicking here . In preparing for attending his swearing in, and as President of the Arkansas Bar Association, I wrote comments to Chief Justice Kemp. Those comments are set out here. Your swearing in is a landmark event for our state and will usher in a new era punctuated by your remarkable strength of character. Our democratic system depends upon all three branches functioning within the proper spheres and ...
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Goodwill Industries of Arkansas mission is changing lives through education, training and employment. In 2016, Goodwill helped over 4,500 Arkansans find a job with local employers. Arkansas Lawyers Spread Goodwill benefits men and women transitioning into the workforce. Your donations of gently worn professional attire will give these individuals a chance to make a great first impression. Please donate! Donations accepted November 1, 2016 thru January 31, 2017. You can help change a life! Simply bring any gently used professional clothing to: Arkansas Bar Association 2224 Cottondale Lane Little Rock, AR 72202 Goodwill Industries of ...
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One of the sessions at Fall Legal in Rogers on Thursday was a panel discussion for lawyers on the topic of how to work with interpreters. We had an impressive panel, including Mara Simmons (Director for Court Interpreter Services for the Administrative Office of the Courts and a certified Spanish/English interpreter), Anne Yancey (a Federal and State certified Spanish/English interpreter), and Cheryl Thomas (the staff sign language interpreter and a certified sign language interpreter). It was a privilege and a lot of fun to work with this knowledgeable and entertaining panel. We talked about strategies for working with interpreters to benefit your ...
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Helping protect survivors of domestic violence changes lives. We have counties in Arkansas that have no shelters or formal programs for helping domestic violence survivors. At the Arkansas Bar Association, we are committed to serving the publics interest and to giving legal help to those in need. Thats one of the reasons that I am so proud of the Young Lawyers Section of the Arkansas Bar Association. They produced a companion set of Domestic Violence Handbooks that survivors and advocates for survivors can use to help them through the court system. It is written in a format which is easy to read and understand, which makes it a great tool to help in seeking ...
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By Amanda Wood | May 05, 2016 | Money | 2 Comments Congrats to the Class of 2016! May your lives after graduation be a reflection of everything you’ve worked so hard for – a successful career, stable finances, and much more. And if you’re one of the 40 million people in the U.S. with student loans, may your student loan repayment strategy help you eliminate that debt efficiently, so you can focus on your life’s journey. Make no mistake – student loan repayment does require a strategy. Right now, it might seem as simple as picking a repayment plan and writing the first check, but the decisions ...
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By Dan Macklin | Mar, 16, 2016 | Featured , Money | No Comments Whether you’ve been filing taxes for 5 years or 15, it never seems to get any easier. Maybe it’s the fact that a whole year goes by between each tax season —plenty of time to forget everything you learned about W-2s, deductions and tax credits the year before (not to mention your e-file password). Meanwhile, the older you get, the more complicated your tax situation tends to be. As you earn more income and achieve new financial milestones, you face questions like when to itemize tax deductions , what’s considered income for tax purposes, ...
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Fastcase recently made available the various fo r ms incorporated in the Arkansas Code. Use r s are now ab l e to navigate to a code section that conta i ns a form and access the form via hyperlink. On ce they click the link, the PDF form will open in a separate tab in the in t ernet b r owse
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The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2017. A Request for Proposals (RFP) and other information pertaining to the LSC grants process will be available from http://www.grants.lsc.gov/grants-grantee-resources during the week of April 11, 2016. In accordance with LSC's multi-year funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. To review the service areas for which grants are available, by state, go to http://www.grants.lsc.gov/grants-grantee-resources/our-grant-programs/basic-field-grant/lsc-service-areas ...
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Posted October 29, 2014 by Brian O & filed under Entrepreneurship . The views expressed in the blog are the author’s view and not the expressed views of SoFi. This article provides general information about the subject matter and does not purport to provide individualized tax or financial planning advice. It’s a common story: your friend or family member has “a million dollar idea,” but doesn’t have the money or wherewithal to back it. Then another person comes along and invents it, getting all the money and notoriety that comes along with it. While it was nothing more than an idea in your Aunt Debbie’s head, she still takes it personally ...
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Meet one of the Arkansas Bar Association's Members - Jonathan Quentin Warren What are your areas of practice? OR What areas of practice interest you most? Civil Litigation Why did you choose to become an attorney? To help people and to have a better career and earning capacity than what I was previously doing. How long have you been an ArkBar Member, and why did you join? Since 2006, and I joined to be part of the legal community and support the profession. What are your hobbies? Reading, writing, watching television, and spending time with family and friends. Favorite Restaurant (and/or Favorite Food)? Favorite ...
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Earn points by posting on ArkBar Social Media or the ArkBar Community Exchange (ACE). Complete as many of the following items for a chance to win prizes. 1st Place Winner: Kindle Fire 2nd & 3rd Place Winners: ArkBar Swag The person with the most points wins prizes - so complete as many of the Scavenger Hunt challenges as possible before the deadlines. In the event of a tie, names will be randomly selected. The competition begins December 16, 2014, and ends at the close of the Mid Year Meeting on February 20, 2015. Click here to report your postings. Be sure to use #MYHunt2015. You must be a current member of the association ...
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1. Your mouth is your worst enemy! Each of us has a constitutional right to remain silent when questioned by the police. Without a doubt this is the one constitutional right I stress above all others. If you are suspected or charged with a crime you may wish to cooperate with law enforcement, many people do. It may be better to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney first so you can understand all the consequences of your problem. Invoking your right to remain silent at all times, beyond providing your background information to an arresting officer, is a must. And if you are stopped by law enforcement for some ...
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Not sure how to share the amazing benefits that come with Arkansas Bar Association membership? We've made it easy for you! Just pass along the graphic below and advise them to join at www.arkbar.com Thank you for helping us spread the word to potential new members about ArkBar benefits!
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CHIEF JUSTICE JIM HANNAH NAMED PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL COURT ASSOCIATION AND CHAIR OF NCSC Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah was named chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) during CCJ’s annual meeting and NCSC’s board meeting in July in West Virginia. The terms are one year. Hannah is a native of Ozark, Mo., and the son of Frank and the late Virginia (Stine) Hannah. He moved to Harrison, Ark. with his family, where he completed high school in 1962. A University of Arkansas School of Law graduate, Hannah served as a judge in Arkansas’s 17th ...
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