ABA urges firms to form disaster plans

July 21, 2011
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It’s a topic we’ve covered numerous times in print and in this blog: disaster planning. The American Bar Association believes this topic is important, so it’s using its annual meeting to encourage lawyers to actually create disaster plans.

As ABA outgoing president Stephen Zack pointed out, a disaster doesn’t have to be a tornado or earthquake – it could be something as small as a burst pipe in the room that holds the computer servers. Zack has made disaster response and preparedness a theme for his year as ABA president.

We asked readers in June through our online survey if their firm or office has a disaster plan in place. If the responses are representative of Indiana’s offices, then two-thirds of you reading this don’t have one.

Why? Is it cost-prohibitive? Is it laziness? Is it a feeling that your firm is indestructible or a disaster won’t affect your office?

For those feeling inspired to create one, the ABA offers a guide to disaster planning.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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