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Bar News - November 16, 2012

Professionalism Day at Midyear Meeting

ĎRaising the Barí Tells Inspiring Tales of Legal Heroes

Talmage Boston
Talmage Boston, author of a new book that redefines the reputation of the legal profession through in-depth profiles of iconic figures, is the featured speaker at Professionalism Day at the 2013 Midyear Meeting in Manchester on March 8.

His book, Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society, presents profiles of distinguished attorneys, including litigators and transaction attorneys, who exemplify the highest standards of the profession.

Bostonís stories of Abraham Lincoln, Leon Jaworski and James A. Baker, III, will inspire todayís practitioners. Boston also takes a close look at Atticus Finch, a fictional attorney who also embodies the idealism and tenacity to which many attorneys still aspire, as well as popular lawyer-novelists John Grisham, Richard North Patterson and Louis Auchincloss, who bring legal issues to the publicís attention through their legal thrillers, showing both the successes and failings of our legal system.

Boston has practiced law as a commercial trial and appellate litigator in Dallas since 1978 and has been board certified in civil trial law since 1988.

More details on his CLE program, as well as registration information, will be available soon.

Midyear Meeting Afternoon Speaker:
Hon. Marcia Cooke, US District Court Judge, Southern District of Florida

Hon. Marcia Cooke
Judge Cooke, the first black woman appointed as a federal judge in Florida, began her career in Michigan as a legal services attorney and public defender, and worked as a federal prosecutor before her appointment by President George W. Bush in 2003.

She presided over the trial of "dirty bomber" and al-Quaida terror suspect Jose Padilla in 2007, a much-covered trial where her every action was subject to intense scrutiny and questioning.

As part of the afternoon CLE program, she will participate in a discussion with panelists offering various perspectives on the civil liberties issues raised by the detention and prosecution of terror suspects.

More details on this program are forthcoming.

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