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Legal avenues to prevent bullying to be revealed at Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 10, 2013 — The development of anti-bullying initiatives will be examined at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2013 Spring Conference on May 16-18 at the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis.

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, 15 to 30 percent of students are bullies or victims of bullying. The program, “Anti-Bullying Laws: Present Status and Future Possibilities,” from 10:05 to 11:05 a.m. Friday, May 17, will explore what is possible under the law to keep students safe from bullying.

Other program highlights include:

“Financial Elder Abuse — Strategies in Litigating a Case from Start to Finish” — A panel of experts will discuss strategies and ethics in litigating financial elder abuse cases, provide tips to attorneys undertaking such cases and alert attorneys to available pro bono opportunities. Friday, May 17, 8:55 – 9:55 a.m.

“The Changing Landscape of Marriage Equality: From Ballot Box to Supreme Court” — A panel of attorneys will examine recent ballot initiatives, legislative action and developments in the courts involving marriage equality, including the Supreme Court cases Hollingsworth v. Perry (Proposition 8) and United States v. Windsor (Defense of Marriage Act). Friday, May 17, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

What: YLD 2013 Spring Conference Sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division

When: Thursday, May 16 – Saturday, May 18     

Where: Graves 601 Hotel 601 First Ave. N Minneapolis, MN 55403-1409

For a complete list of conference panels and speakers, please click here.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Kati Rutherford at

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.