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The 130th annual meeting of the American Bar Association opens Aug. 9 in San Francisco, where ABA President Karen Mathis will pass the baton to her successor, William Neukom. In this special report of The National Law Journal, Mathis reflects on the bar’s accomplishments during the past year, while Neukom lays out his program for the future and the incoming chairs of 13 ABA sections report on the legal trends and issues facing their membership. To the barricades in defense of justice By ABA President Karen J. Mathis The American Bar Association’s most recent bar year has been built around two themes: service and the rule of law. It is in the nature of lawyers to serve, and this year as ABA president, I experienced countless acts of dedication and service by our nation’s lawyers. I am proud to have served this association, and to have assisted its never-ending quest for justice for all. Lawyer’s can’t defend, extend justice on their own By ABA President-Elect William H. Neukom With the resources and knowledge we have today, why are so many communities afflicted by violence, poverty, corruption, sickness and ignorance � in short, injustice? The answer in each case concerns the rule of law � or, more precisely, its absence. As American Bar Association President I will organize a multidisciplinary movement to advance the rule of law � in the United States and internationally � through the World Justice Project. More ABA preview coverage: Retirement a key ABA issue By Leigh Jones The aging attorney population is the focus of a proposed resolution before the ABA’s House of Delegates which calls for law firms to discontinue their mandatory-retirement policies. ABA SECTION REPORTS ANTITRUST At the forefront of big changes for the antitrust bar By Kathryn M. Fenton BUSINESS LAW Globalization, professionalism are the focus By Charles E. McCallum CRIMINAL JUSTICE A coalition on recidivism and sentencing reform By Stephen A. Saltzburg DISPUTE RESOLUTION Members seek a broader role for peacemakers By Lawrence R. Mills ENVIRONMENT Sustainability, nanotechnology top the agenda By Lee A. DeHihns III GP/SOLO Division is the voice of lawyers on Main Street By Keith B. McLennan INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Section seeks an enlightened legal regime By Pamela Banner Krupka LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Education and outreach are the goals for this year By James R. LaVaute LITIGATION A rich tradition, but with an eye on the future By Judith A. Miller PRACTICE MANAGEMENT This section puts the practical into the practice By Vedia Jones-Richardson REAL PROPERTY Probate and estate planning also on the menu By Kathleen Martin TAX An eye on the practical side of setting policy By Stanley L. Blend TORT TRIAL, INSURANCE Section is on a mission to uphold the rule of law By Peter Bennett

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