Governance and Policies of the American Bar Association

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Policies of the ABA 

The ABA adopts policy on legislative and national issues (pdf).  


Representatives and employees are guided by the ABA Constitution and Bylaws (pdf) and internal policy and procedures (pdf).  All follow the ABA Business Conduct Standards (pdf).


Leaders of the ABA 

The ABA elected officers are the president, president-elect, chair of the House of Delegates, secretary and treasurer. 


The ABA House of Delegates is vested by its Constitution and Bylaws (pdf) with the control and administration of the ABA; it adopts policy on legislative and national issues (pdf). 


The ABA Board of Governors has the authority to act for the ABA, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates, when the House is not in session. The Board of Governors oversees the general operation of the association and develops specific plans of action. 


The ABA also contains thousands of specialty groups including Sections, Divisions, Forums, Task Forces, Committees and more. The leaders for these specialty groups are recorded each year in the American Bar Association Leadership Directory (pdf) .


The Executive Director is the Chief Operating Officer of the association and has overall management responsibility for staff operations. Jack L. Rives is the ABA Executive Director.

 

All follow the ABA Business Conduct Standards (pdf) and internal policy and procedures (pdf). 

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