The American Bar Association (ABA) has joined the worldwide
controversy surrounding South Africa, deciding to eliminate its
short-term investments in corporations that have direct investments
in the politically torn country.
The action was initiated by the association's board of governors
at the request of the ABA's Law Student Division.
Previously the ABA's policy-making House of Delegates had voted to
condemn apartheid, South Africa's policy of discrimination against
the country's black majority.
The board's disinvestment action was taken to make an "additional
clear statement about apartheid and to give formal approval to
policies that had been in effect informally since July," the
association said. . .
- General Motors Corp. and the International Union of
Electronic, Electrical, Techinical, Salaried and Machine Workers have
established a legal services plan for union members employed by
The plan is to be provided exclusively by Hyatt Legal Services,
one of the nation's largest law firms.
The contract between Hyatt Legal Services and GM covers 38,000
current and retired employees for the company's facilities in Ohio,
New York, New Jersey and Mississippi.
Hyatt will provide elegible employees with legal advice and
representation for consumer and financial matters, including wills,
adoptions, real estate transactions and tenant problems.
Participants in the plan will be able to use any of Hyatt's 575
attorneys in the firm's 200 offices located in 22 states and the
District of Columbia. . .
- Oklahoma City attorneys now have a chance to use computers to
locate those hard-to-find citations with the entry of United Research
into the area market.
United Research is a computerized legal research organization
which originated on the west coast and is affiliated with West
Publishing Inc., one of the country's leading publishers of legal
For a yearly fee of $365, and various charges for computer time,
attorneys can have access to a computerized database with over 3.5
million citations. . .
- The 23rd Academy of American and International Law has been
scheduled for June 1-July 11 in Dallas by the Southwestern Legal
The academy will provide a chance for leaders from other countries
to study American and international legal and business institutions
with emphasis placed on the legal framework necessary for economic
and social development.
The program is business oriented in a broad sense and covers a
range of financial, commercial and industrial transactions, as well
as relevant principles of law.
The program this past year included participants from 34 nations
including judges, attorneys, journalists, businessmen and government
Tuition for the six-week course is $3,000. Applications made by
letter may be sent to the Academy of American and Internatinal Law
through the Southwestern Legal Foundation in Dallas. …