Alexia Mandoeng

Updated ABA Resolution Imposes Higher Due Diligence Standards for Lawyers

The American Bar Association (“ABA”) recently passed Resolution 100 (“The Resolution”) to strengthen rules regarding due diligence toward clients. This resolution amends ABA Model Rule 1.16 to explicitly recognize an attorney’s duty to “assess the facts and circumstances of their representation”. The updated Rule reflects the goal of preventing attorneys from using their expertise to commit or further a scheme, with money laundering and terrorist financing being of particular concern.

Florida’s War on “Woke” – First Amendment Concerns and the Stop “W.O.K.E” Act

Florida recently passed the “Stop W.O.K.E” Act (Senate Bill 147 / House Bill 7) (The “Act”), effectively banning public colleges in the state from using funds on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs. Florida’s governor and current Presidential candidate, Ron Desantis, defines W.O.K.E as “Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees”. The passing of this legislation follows another highly controversial piece of legislation passed earlier this year, Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, that largely bars Florida educators from discussing LGBTQIA+ topics with students. Governor Desantis  has led an aggressive campaign against academic freedom to combat a perceived “woke indoctrination in [U.S] schools, that is a road to ruin for this country”. The implementation of this legislation brings up valid concerns regarding the First Amendment rights of the State’s educators and population at large.