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Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner Stephen Zack is to begin his one-year stint as the American Bar Association’s new president today. Zack, who was born in Cuba, will be the first Hispanic-American to lead the ABA. Among the highlights of his 35-plus years practicing law: working on behalf of former vice president Al Gore during the landmark Bush v. Gore case. Zack — who plans to develop a program for lawyers to teach civics classes to high school students — spoke with The Am Law Daily about some of his other priorities as he assumes his position, including access to legal services, diversity in the legal profession, and the struggle to prepare an adequate legal framework for addressing the fallout from natural or man-made disasters.

How has the current fiscal crisis affected court funding and access, and what will the ABA do on this front?

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