December 2012

 

ABA Comments on USPTO Proposed Rules of Professional Conduct

On December 17, 2012, the ABA submitted comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding its proposal to align its professional responsibility rules with those of most other U.S. jurisdictions by replacing the current USPTO Code of Professional Responsibility with new USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct. Read more... 

 

ABA President Laurel Bellows Urges Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Adopt Policies to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline

On December 12, ABA President Laurel Bellows submitted written testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights advocating for the adoption of policies that end the school-to-prison pipeline. Read more...

 

ABA Applauds Congress for Passing Legislation that Protects Privileged Information Submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Senate gave final approval Dec. 11 to H.R. 4014, legislation supported by the American Bar Association that would create a single standard for the treatment of privileged information submitted to all federal agencies that supervise banks and other financial institutions, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law. Read more...


ABA Letter Urging Score of Medicare Set Aside Bill (H.R. 5284)

On December 5, the ABA sent a letter to Representatives Camp (R-MI) and Levin (D-MI) of the Ways and Means Committee asking for their assistance in having the Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act of 2012 (H.R. 5284) scored by the Congressional Budget Office so that the bill may be considered for action before the end of the session. Read more...


ABA Urges Senators to Support Ratification of CRPD

On December 3rd, the ABA sent a letter to members of the Senate, urging them to vote in favor of the resolution of advice and consent to ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read more...

 

November 2012

 

ABA Advises Treasury Department and FATF of the Bar's Efforts to Fight Money Laundering

On November 20, the ABA sent the U.S. Treasury Department and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) its responses to a detailed questionnaire requesting information on the steps that "self-regulatory bodies" like the ABA - and the state supreme courts and bars that actually license and discipline lawyers - are taking to fight money laundering and terrorist financing without adversely affecting the attorney-client privilege or the confidential lawyer-client relationship. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Passage of DC Legislation to Facilitate Reentry of Residents Formerly involved with the Criminal Justice System

On November 20, 2012, the ABA urged passage of District of Columbia legislation to facilitate successful reentry of city residents formerly involved with the criminal justice system. Read more...

 

ABA Commends Representative Karen Bass and House sponsors for introducing legislation to help foster children succeed in school 

On November 15, the ABA wrote Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) to thank her and House cosponsors for their leadership in introducing H.R. 5871, legislation to help foster children succeed in school. Read more...

 

ABA commends Senators Mary Landrieu and Charles Grassley for introducing legislation to help foster children succeed in school

On November 15, the ABA wrote Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) to thank them for their leadership in introducing S. 3472, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, legislation to speed up release of schools records when foster children change schools. Read more...

 

ABA Letter to President Obama Regarding Adequate Judicial Resources

On November 14, ABA President Laurel Bellows sent a letter to President Obama urging his administration to protect the judiciary from potentially devastating budget cuts mandated by sequestration and to make the prompt filling of judicial vacancies a priority. Read more...

 

October 2012

 

ABA Letter to Bar Leaders Regarding Sequestration and the Courts

On October 17, ABA President Laurel Bellows sent a letter to state and metro bar leaders alerting them to the devastating impact that sequestration will have on our nation’s justice system and urging them to express concern to their congressional delegations. Read more…

 

September 2012

 

ABA Letter to Senator Levin Regarding Social Security Disability

On September 28, the ABA submitted a letter for the record of the September 13, 2012 hearing of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations recommending that administrative law judges be made subject to the ethical standards adapted from the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Read more...

 

ABA Comments on Market Access Barriers for U.S. Law Firms in China

On September 24, the ABA submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding China’s compliance with commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization.  The ABA’s comments focused on market access barriers faced by U.S. lawyers and law firms operating in China. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Senators to Support Legislation Protecting Privileged Materials Submitted to the CFPB

On September 20, 2012, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee expressing strong support for S. 3394, which would create a single, consistent standard for the treatment of privileged information submitted to all Federal banking regulators, including the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read more...

 

ABA President Urges Illinois Senators to Consider Diversity in Attorney Nominations

On September 12, 2012, the ABA President urges Illinois Senators to take diversity into consideration when proposing a candidate to President Obama for nomination to become the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Governor Brown to Sign California Legislation to Provide Accommodations for Disabled Test-takers

On September 6, 2012, the ABA sent a letter to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr urging the Governor to sign AB 2122, legislation that will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided appropriate accommodations when taking law school admission tests. Read more…

 

August 2012

 

ABA Statement Regarding Key Reforms to Reduce Federal Prison Spending

On August 1, the ABA submitted a Statement by President Wm. T. Robinson outlining key reforms to reduce federal prison spending for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Rising Prison Costs: Restricting Budgets and Crime Prevention Options.” Read more...

 

July 2012

 

ABA Opposes Federal Reserve Board's Proposal Requiring Banks to Report Legal Reserves

On July 31, 2012, the ABA sent a comment letter to the Federal Reserve Board opposing its proposal to require banks to report their legal reserves for pending and probable litigation claims.  In its letter, the ABA expressed concerns that the proposal would undermine fundamental attorney-client privilege and work product protections and unfairly prejudice banks in defending against lawsuits. Read more...

 

ABA Expresses Support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

On July 24, 2012, ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III wrote to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to express full support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and urge the Committee to favorably report CRPD to the full Senate to work toward ratification. Read more...

 

June 2012

 

ABA Commends the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights for Its Hearing on the rising use of Solitary Confinement

On June 26, the American Bar Association submitted a statement by Thomas Susman to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights commending them for holding a hearing on the rising use of solitary confinement. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Support for S. 811, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 (ENDA)

On June 21, ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III wrote to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions to urge support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 (ENDA), S. 811. This legislation is urgently needed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees from workplace discrimination. Read more…

 

ABA Urges Senators Reid and McConnell to Schedule Confirmation Votes on Three Pending Circuit Court Nominees

On June 20, the ABA sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell urging them to schedule confirmation votes on three pending, noncontroversial circuit court nominees before July and on district court nominees who have strong bipartisan support thereafter.  Read more…

 

ABA Asks President Obama to Recognize October 14-20, 2012 as "Mediation Week"

On June 14, 2012 ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III wrote to President Obama requesting that he issue a proclamation designating October 14-20, 2012 as “Mediation Week” as a means of promoting the greater use of mediation and other collaborative, non-adversarial processes to resolve legal and other disputes. Read more...

 

ABA Asks Attorney General Holder to Recognize October 14-20, 2012 as "Mediation Week"

On June 14, 2012 ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Justice Department commemorate the week of October 14-20, 2012 as “Mediation Week” as a means of promoting the greater use of mediation and other collaborative, non-adversarial processes to resolve legal and other disputes. Read more...

 

ABA Statement in Support of U.S. Accession to the Convention on the Law of the Sea

On June 14, the American Bar Association submitted a statement by ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in strong support of U.S. Accession to the Convention on the Law of the Sea. Read more...

 

ABA Opposes Provisions in S. 1789 and H.R. 2146

On June 8, the ABA sent letters to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressing serious concern over provisions included in S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, and H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, that appear to severely restrict government employees’ attendance at meetings and conferences held by associations and other nongovernmental organizations. Read the letter to the House. Read the letter to the Senate.

 

ABA Urges Support of S. 2197

On June 5, 2012, the ABA sent a letter urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to support S. 2197, The Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012, to reform federal criminal discovery. Read more...

 

May 2012

 

ABA Letter Supporting S. 797, the Paycheck Fairness Act

On May 31, the ABA sent a letter to every member of the Senate urging them to vote for floor consideration of S. 797, the Paycheck Fairness Act. The ABA unequivocally supports S. 797 in its current form and urges its prompt passage. Read more…

 

ABA Opposes Child Custody Provision of HR 4310

On May 22, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee opposing inclusion of House language concerning military child custody in the Senate National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.  The custody language would open the federal courthouse doors to military child custody cases, creating uncertainty and extraordinary expense for military members and their families. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Commends the Department of Justice for its Adoption of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003

On May 21, the ABA sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing its appreciation and to commend the Department of Justice for its adoption of strong and comprehensive national standards on the prevention of prison rape. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Congress to Authorize Self-Funding for the SEC and CFTC

On May 17, the ABA sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to promptly address the need for increased, reliable sources of revenue for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, whether through authorizing self-funding or other appropriate mechanisms.  This additional funding is needed, the ABA contends, to enable the agencies to carry out their dramatically expanded regulatory responsibilities and mandates under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the recently-enacted JOBS Act, and other new laws. Read more...

 

ABA Opposes H.R. 4970, Rep. Adams’ VAWA Reauthorization Bill

On May 14, the ABA sent a letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to vote against H.R. 4970, a Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill introduced by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL). Read more…

 

ABA Opposes Child Custody Provision of HR 4310

On May 8, the ABA sent a letter to the House Armed Services Committee opposing proposed child custody provisions during the Committee’s consideration of HR 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.  The custody language would open the federal courthouse doors to military child custody cases, creating uncertainty and extraordinary expense for military members and their families. Read more…

 

ABA Opposes HR 4970, Rep. Adams’ VAWA Reauthorization Bill

On May 7, the ABA sent a letter to members of the House Judiciary Committee, urging them to vote against HR 4970, a Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill introduced by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL). Read more...

 

ABA Opposes Treasury Department Proposal Requiring Law Firms to Disclose Client Identities and Beneficial Ownership Information

On May 4, the ABA submitted a comment letter to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) opposing language in its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on “Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions” that would require law firms to disclose confidential information regarding their clients’ identities and beneficial ownership whenever they receive advance legal fees or expenses from their clients and deposit those funds in the law firms’ trust accounts or whenever they establish bank accounts on behalf of their clients. Read more...

 

April 2012

 

ABA Urges Support of S. 1925, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA

On April 26, the ABA sent a letter to all Members of the Senate, urging them to vote in favor of S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011, introduced by Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Crapo (R-ID). Read more... 

 

ABA Letter Supporting the Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act of 2012

On April 26, the ABA sent a letter to Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), commending them on the impending introduction of their Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act of 2012.  The bill seeks to establish a predictable and efficient set-aside approval process that also provides reasonable protection for injured workers and Medicare. Read more...

 

ABA Statement Regarding Policies Related to Children Exposed to Violence

On April 24, the ABA submitted a Statement by Thomas M. Susman regarding policies and programs to address children exposed to violence. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Supports Library and Law Library of Congress Funding Needs

On April 23, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch expressing its support for the Library of Congress’s FY 2013 budget request that includes funding for the Law Library of Congress. Read more...

 

ABA Submits Comments Opposing CFPB’s Proposed Attorney-Client Privilege Rule

On April 12, the ABA sent a comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) expressing serious concerns over language in its proposed Rule on “Confidential Treatment of Privileged Information” that could undermine and weaken, rather than safeguard, fundamental attorney-client privilege and work product protections. In its letter, the urged the CFPB to withdraw the proposed rule and to encourage Congress to promptly enact H.R. 4014 as the best means to resolve the problem of third party privilege waiver. Read more...

 

 

ABA Letter Supports Law Library of Congress Funding Needs

On April 10, the ABA sent a letter to the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch expressing its support for the Library of Congress’s FY 2013 budget request that includes funding for the Law Library of Congress. Read more...

 

ABA Letter in Support of the End Racial Profiling Act

On April 10, the ABA sent letters to Representative John Conyers, Jr and Senator Benjamin L. Cardin expressing its strong support for the end of racial profiling. Read the House Letter. Read the Senate Letter...

 

ABA Supports California Legislation to Provide Accommodations for Disabled Test-takers

On April 5, 2012, the ABA sent a letter to the California State Assembly supporting provisions in legislation (AB 2122) to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided appropriate accommodations when taking law school admission tests.  Read more...

 

March 2012

 

ABA Testimony Supporting Funding for International Rule of Law Assistance

On March 30, ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III submitted written testimony to the House State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee, highlighting the importance of fiscal year 2013 funding for rule of law assistance. Read More...

 

ABA Provides Preliminary Reactions to FATF's Revised International Anti-Money Laundering Standards

On March 27, the ABA sent a letter to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) giving its preliminary reactions to the FATF's new international anti-money laundering standards known as the revised "Forty Recommendations."  In its letter, the ABA raised several key objections to the new standards for the FATF's consideration in advance of the private sector consultative meeting to be held in on April 3-4.  Read more...

 

ABA Letter Opposing Title I of H.R. 5

On March 19, the ABA urged members of the House to vote “no” on H.R. 5, the “Protecting Access to Healthcare Act,” because of the so-called “tort reform” provisions in Title I and doubts regarding the presumed savings that would result from those provisions. Read more…  

 

ABA Letter Supporting the Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012

On March 15, the ABA expressed its support to Senator Lisa Murkowski for her introduction of the Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012, legislation to require attorneys for the government to disclose favorable information to the defendant in criminal cases prosecuted by the United States. Read more...

 

ABA Comments to DOJ on State Capitol Counsel Systems

On March 15, the ABA filed comments with DOJ urging rejection of proposed rule regarding “presumptive certification” of State Capitol Counsel Systems. Read more...

 

ABA Commends Senator Paul for His Opposition to Mandatory Minimum Sentences

On March 13, ABA President Bill Robinson expressed the Association’s appreciation to Senator Rand Paul for his principled opposition to proposed new federal crimes and mandatory minimum sentences.  Read more...

 

ABA Comments on Regulations Governing Accredited Representatives Appearing in Immigration Court

On March 6, the ABA submitted comments to DOJ's Executive Office of Immigration Review regarding potential amendments to the regulations governing the recognition of organizations and accreditation of individuals who appear before EOIR. Read more...

 

ABA Supports Appropriate Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

On March 1, 2012 the ABA sent letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and Attorney General Holder expressing the ABA's support in ensuring that individuals with disabilities are provided appropriate accommodations when taking law school admission tests.  Read the House Letter.  Read the letter to the Attorney General.

 

February 2012

 

Support for H.R. 32, The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011

On February 27, 2012, the ABA urged the House Committee on Financial Services to promptly approve H.R. 32, The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011, so that it may soon be considered by the full House of Representatives. Read more...

 

ABA Supports Legislation Protecting Privileged Materials Submitted to the CFPB and Other Bank Regulators

On February 21, 2012, the ABA submitted letters to key House leaders and to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee expressing support for H.R. 4014 and S. 2099, which would create a single, consistent standard for the treatment of privileged information submitted to all Federal banking regulators, including the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Read the House Letter.  Read the Senate letter.

 

ABA Comments on ACUS Immigration Adjudication Report

On February, 17, the ABA submitted comments to the Administrative Conference of the U.S. on its draft report, "Taking Steps to Enhance Quality and Timeliness in Immigration Removal Adjudication. Read more...

 

ABA letter expressing support for HR 3873, the enhancing the Quality of Parental Representation Act of 2012

On February 16, the ABA sent a letter from Thomas Susman expressing support for HR 3873, the Enhancing the Quality of Parental Representation Act of 2012, to provide increased support for attorney representation programs providing attorney representation in child welfare cases. Read more...

 

Testimony before Sentencing Commission on Advisory Guideline System

On February 16, the submitted the testimony of James Felman before the U.S. Sentencing Commission regarding the status and functioning of the advisory federal sentencing guidelines. Read more...

 

ABA Opposes H.R. 3041, the "Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act"

On February 1, the ABA submitted a letter to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law expressing its opposition to H.R. 3041, the "Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act." The ABA is concerned that if enacted, the legislation would strongly discourage settlements, encourage expensive and protracted litigation, and create undue burdens on the federal court system. Read more...

 

January 2012

 

ABA Letter to the Attorney General on Indigent Defense Reform

On January 31, the ABA sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder transmitting the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants report on indigent defense reform. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Urging Prompt Approval of S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011

On January 31, the ABA sent a letter to Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging prompt approval of S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011. Read more…

 

ABA Comments to Proposed 4th Circuit Procedures in Capital Cases

On January 30, the ABA submitted comments to the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding proposed rules concerning compensation for attorney representation in death penalty cases. Read more...

 

ABA Letter to the U.S. Trade Rep Regarding Japan's Expression of Interest in the Proposed TPP Trade Agreement

On January 13, the ABA submitted a letter to the United States Trade Representative regarding the expression of interest from the governments of Japan, Mexico and Canada in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement. Read more...

 

December 2011

 

ABA Letter to Secretary of Defense Panetta Concerning Attorney-Client Privilege Relating to Guantanamo Detainees

On December 21, the ABA sent a letter to the Leon Panetta, Secretary of the Department of Defense, regarding the preservation of attorney-client privilege for Guantanamo Bay Detainees and their lawyers. Read more...

 

ABA Opposes S 1483, the “Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act”

On December 16, the ABA submitted a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee expressing its opposition to S. 1483, the "Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act."  The ABA is concerned that by imposing beneficial ownership and suspicious activities reporting requirements on lawyers who help clients form companies, the bill would undermine the attorney-client privilege, the confidential client-lawyer relationship and traditional state court regulation of lawyers. Read more…

 

ABA Submits Comments for the Department of Treasury’s Consideration in Response to the Notice Published on October 17, 2011

On December 16, the ABA submitted policies for the Department of Treasury’s consideration in response to the Notice published on October 17, 2011. The Notice requested comment on a study being conducted by the Federal Insurance Office, pursuant to requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, on how to modernize and improve the system of insurance regulation in the United States. Read more...

 

ABA Letter to Senator Sanders Supporting Key Provisions of His Proposed “Older Americans Act Amendments of 2011”

On December 16, the ABA sent a letter to Senator Sanders commending him on his leadership on older American issues and supporting key provisions of his proposed “Older Americans Act Amendments of 2011.” In the letter, GAO Director Tom Susman noted the ABA’s particular interest in those portions of the Older Americans Act that ensure the safety and protection of older Americans through high quality long-term care ombudsman services and legal services. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Commending DHS on Prosecutorial Discretion Announcement with Respect to Deportation and Removal Cases

On December 15, the ABA sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security commending the Department on its announcement that it will exercise its prosecutorial discretion with respect to deportation and removal cases in a more robust manner. Read more...

 

ABA Submits Follow-Up Comments to FATF Consultative Meeting in Milan

On December 13, the ABA sent additional comments to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) addressing the issues raised during the recent Consultative Meeting in Milan, Italy in connection with the FATF’s proposed revisions to its international anti-money laundering standards. The ABA’s new comments are designed to supplement its previous comment letters submitted to the FATF in January, June and September of 2011. Read more…

 

ABA Letter Expressing Support for the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011

On December 13, the ABA sent a letter the Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunities Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, expressing support for HR 32, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011. Read more…

 

November 2011

 

ABA Commends Senators Leahy and Crapo for their Introduction of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Bill

On November 30, the ABA sent a letter to Senators Leahy and Crapo commending them on their introduction of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. Read more…

 

GAO Letter on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012       

On November 28, the GAO sent a letter to every Senator opposing provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 that would authorize indefinite detention without habeas review of Guantanamo detainees, permit trial by military commission where trial in an Article III court would be possible, or permit trial by military commission of U.S. citizens or lawful residents. Read more...

 

ABA Supports S. 1763, the Stand Against Violence and Empower Native Women (SAVE) Act

On November 23, the ABA sent a letter to Senator Akaka and to Senator Barrasso of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs supporting S. 1763, the Stand Against Violence and Empower Native Women (SAVE) Act. This legislation would strengthen protection and assistance for victims of gender-based violence, including American Indian and Alaska Native women. Read more…

 

ABA Letter Commenting on Office of Government Ethics Proposed Rule

On November 14, the ABA submitted comments to the Office of Government Ethics regarding the proposed rule that would strengthen the current ban on gifts from lobbying organizations to executive branch employees. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Supporting Increased IRS Funding for FY 2012

On November 9, the ABA sent a letter supporting increased funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for FY 2012. The ABA has consistently supported funding the IRS at a level that will allow it to effectively carry out this mission. Read more...

 

ABA Supports S. 598, the Respect for Marriage Act to Protect the State Regulation of Marriage

On November 2, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging support for the Respect for Marriage Act, S. 598. This legislation would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and protect the state regulation of marriage by making clear that all marriages validly licensed and recognized by the various states must be recognized by the federal government as well. Read more...

 

October 2011

 

ABA Commends the White House on Its Efforts to Diversify the Federal Judiciary

On October 24, the ABA sent a letter to the White House commending the White House on its efforts to diversify the federal judiciary and encouraged the White House to ensure that there are no barriers that would inhibit the nomination of disabled individuals to lifetime positions on the federal bench. Read more...

 

ABA Encourages Congressional Deficit Reduction Committee to Protect Equal Justice and Rule of Law Programs

On October 21, the ABA sent a second letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging it to preserve several key domestic and international programs designed to promote equal justice and the rule of law, even if the Committee finds it necessary to reduce funding for these programs in the short term. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Congressional Deficit Reduction Committee to Preserve Funding for LSC and Federal Courts

On October 21, ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III wrote to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and urged them to maintain adequate funding for civil legal services and the federal court system. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Responding to Senator Boxer on Law School Accreditation Questions

On October 20, the ABA responded to Senator Barbara Boxer on additional law school accreditation questions. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Urging Rejection of Provisions to Ban Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

On October 19, 2011, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging members to reject attempts to include provisions in appropriations measures for FY 2012 that would reverse current law by banning the use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Commending Senator Klobuchar on Her Attention to Adult Guardianship Reform and the Impending Introduction of S. 1744, the Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act

On October 19, 2011, the ABA sent a letter to Senator Amy Klobuchar commending her for paying critical attention to area of adult guardianship reform and the impending introduction of her bill S. 1744, the Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Commending Senate Majority Leader Reid on Recent Confirmations and Urging Sustained Action

On October 13, 2011, the ABA sent a letter commending senate leadership on recent confirmation of 10 judges and urging the Senate to continue to schedule multiple nominees at a time for a confirmation vote. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Commending Senate Minority Leader McConnell on Recent Confirmations and Urging Sustained Action

On October 13, 2011, the ABA sent a letter commending senate leadership on recent confirmation of 10 judges and urging the Senate to continue to schedule multiple nominees at a time for a confirmation vote. Read more...

 

ABA Letter of Support for H.R. 3126, Legislation to Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs

On October 12, 2011, the ABA expressed its strong support for the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2011. Read more...

 

James Felman testifies on behalf of the ABA regarding the status of the sentencing guidelines and the US Sentencing Commission at House Hearing

October 12, 2011, James Felman testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the status of the federal sentencing guidelines, 6 years after Booker v. U.S. Read more...

 

ABA Letter to Appropriators Regarding Criminal Justice Funding Priorities

On October 6, 2011, the sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies urging continued funding support for Second Chance Act and juvenile justice funding and expressed support for steps to achieve savings in corrections spending. Read more...

 

ABA Asks President Obama to Recognize October 16-22 as "Mediation Week"

On October 3, 2011, ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III wrote to President Obama requesting that he issue a proclamation designating October 16-22 as "Mediation Week." Previously, at its February 2011 meeting, the ABA Board of Governors officially recognized the third week in October as " Mediation Week" as a means of promoting the greater use of mediation to resolve legal and other disputes. Read more...

 

ABA Asks Attorney General Holder to Recognize October 16-22 as "Mediation Week"

On October 3, 2011, ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder asking the Justice Department commemorate the week of October 16-22 as "Mediation Week." Previously, at its February 2011 meeting, the ABA Board of Governors officially recognized the third week in October as " Mediation Week" as a means of promoting the greater use of mediation to resolve legal and other disputes. Read more...

 

ABA Letter of Support for S. 306, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011

On October 3, the ABA sent a letter urging Senators to support and cosponsor S. 306, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011, to initiate the first comprehensive examination of America's criminal justice system in 45 years and to make recommendations for responsible and effective reforms. Read more...

 

September 2011

 

ABA Submits Comments on Issues in the Appointment and Oversight of Court-Appointed Guardians of Adults

On September 22, 2011, the ABA submitted a statement to the Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee commending the Senate Judiciary subcommittee for holding a hearing to explore issues in the appointment and oversight of court-appointed guardians of adults. Additionally, the ABA submitted comments on the ABA's role in adult guardianship reform. Read more...

 

ABA Submits Letter Opposing DOL Proposed "Persuader Activities" Rule

On September 21, the ABA submitted a coment letter to the U.S. Department of Labor urging it to withdraw or substantially modify its proposed rule that would substantially narrow the "advice" exemption to the current "persuader activities" reporting rule. If adopted, the proposed DOL rule would require many labor lawyers and law firms representing employers to report sensitive and confidential client information to the government. Read more...

 

ABA Submits Additional Comments on FATF Consultation Paper

On September 16, 2011, the ABA sent additional comments to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regarding its Consultation Paper that proposes various refinements to the FATF's current anti-money laundering standards and urges the entity to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the legal profession before the new standards are finalized. The ABA previously submitted comments on the FATF's Consultation Paper in January and June of 2011. Read more...

 

ABA Opposes Adding New Mandatory Minimum Provisions to Cybercrime Legislation

On September 14, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject an amendment to add mandatory minimum sentence provisions to S.1151, the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act. Read more...

 

ABA Submits Technical Comments to the Department of Education

On September 12, the ABA submitted a letter to the Department of Education providing technical comments on the Department’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness form. Read more...

 

August 2011

 

ABA Letter Urging the Tennessee Supreme Court to Incorporate ABA Standards on Indigent Defense.

On August 31, the ABA sent a letter to the Tennessee Supreme Court urging it to incorporate ABA standards in rules governing indigent defense. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Responding to Senator Grassley on Law Student Loans and Economic Prospects for Future Law School Graduates               

On August 29, the ABA wrote a letter in response to Senator Charles Grassley on law student loans and economic prospects for future law school graduates. Read more...

 

ABA Letter Urging Enactment of Technical Amendment to Congo Conflict Minerals Provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act

On August 18, the ABA sent a letter to the leaders of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee urging them to enact a technical amendment to the Congo conflict minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. Read more...

 

July 2011

 

ABA Letter Responding to Senator Boxer on Law School Merit Scholarships

On July 28, the ABA responded to Senator Barbara Boxer in a letter concerning law school merit scholarships. Read more...

 

Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Regarding the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) Between the United States and India

On July 28, the ABA sent a a letter to Secretary of State Hillary regarding the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the United States and India, and the ability of U.S. lawyers to provide services in India. Read more...

 

Letter to Senate Leadership Regarding Judicial Vacancies

On July 28, ABA President Stephen Zack sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell asking them to schedule up-or down votes before the August recess on all nominees pending on the Senate Calendar who were reported out of committee with no recorded opposition. Read more...

 

Stephen Saltzburg testifies before Equal Employment Opportunities Commission on the Barriers to Employment Posed by Criminal Records

On July 26, Stephen Saltzburg testified on behalf of the ABA before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission on the barriers to employment posed by criminal records. Read more...

 

ABA Letter to Senator Charles Grassley Regarding the Law School Accreditation Process and Other Issues Affecting Law Students

On July 20, ABA President Steve Zack sent a cover letter with a detailed memo from the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA); Grassley had written with 31 questions regarding the law school accreditation process, as well as issues regarding law students assuming too much debt and their inability to find jobs upon graduation. Read more...

 

ABA urges Senate Committee’s prompt approval of S. 1231, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011

On July 12, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging the committee’s prompt approval of S. 1231, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011, legislation to reduce recidivism and support successful prisoner reentry into the community. Read more...

 

ABA urges Administration on Aging to consider four recommendations in its pursuit of reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.

On July 12, the ABA sent a letter to the Administration on Aging, urging it to consider four recommendations in its pursuit of reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Read more...

 

ABA Urges the House Appropriations Committee to Restore Current Funding Levels for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC)

On July 7, the ABA sent a letter to Rep. Harold Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, to request that he restore current funding levels for the LSC in the Fiscal Year 2012 Commerce Justice Science (CJS) bill. Read more...

 

June 2011

 

ABA Expresses Opposition to H.R. 1932, the Keep Our Communities Safe Act

On June 30, ABA President Stephen Zack sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee to express the ABA's opposition to H.R. 1932, the Keep Our Communities Safe Act, which would expand the Department of Homeland Security's immigration detention authority and consolidate judicial review of detention decisions in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Read more...

 

ABA Submits Statement for Hearing on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act)

ABA President Stephen N. Zack submitted a statement to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security for a June 28, 2011 hearing on the DREAM Act (S. 952), to express the ABA's support for the bill, which would provide a path to legal residence and citizenship for certain deserving undocumented immigrant youth. Read more...

 

ABA Submits Statement for Hearing on "Improving Programs Designed to Protect At-Risk Youth"

The ABA submitted a statement for the June 16, 2011 hearing on "Improving Programs Designed to Protect At-Risk Youth", supporting reauthorization of the Court Improvement Program, as part of Preserving Safe and Stable Families Act, that provides funding for state courts to study and improve court procedures in cases involving foster care. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Support for Full Funding for Fiscal 2012 Appropriations for the Second Chance Act

On June 28, the ABA sent letters to Senate and House appropriators urging support for full funding for Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations for the Second Chance Act, a common sense, evidence-based approach to reducing crime and improving public safety. Read the House letter. Read the Senate letter.

 

ABA Opposes Manager's Amendment to H.R. 1249, the Patent Reform Bill

On June 23, the ABA sent a letter to the full U.S. House of Representatives, urging members to vote "No" on a manager's amendment to H.R. 1249, the patent reform bill, which would eliminate the guarantee of certainty and stability in providing paid-for resources to the USPTO, and relegate the flow of funds to operate the nation's patent system to the existing system of delay and diversion. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Rep. Lamar Smith to Reject Proposed Substitute for Section 22 of H.R. 1249, the Patent Reform Bill

On June 20, the ABA sent a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to reject a proposed substitute for Section 22 of H.R. 1249, the patent reform bill, which would destroy the establishment of a revolving fund into which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) fee collections would be deposited and from which the Office would have immediate access to operating funds. Read more...

 

ABA Seeks Dialogue with FATF Regarding Proposed New International Anti-Money Laundering Standards

On June 17, the ABA urged the Financial Action Task Force to engage in a more active dialogue with the ABA and other representatives of the international legal community before issuing the final version of its revised international anti-money laundering standards. Read more...

 

ABA Opposes Legislation to Place Restrictions on the Ability of State Protection and Advocacy Agencies to Bring Class Action Lawsuits on behalf of Disabled Individuals in Intermediate Care Facilities

On June 15, the ABA sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Members of the House Judiciary Committee expressing opposition to H.R. 2032, which will place restrictions on the ability of state Protection and Advocacy Agencies to bring class action lawsuits on behalf of individuals with disabilities in intermediate care facilities. Read more...

 

ABA Urges Consideration of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act

On June 13 the ABA sent a letter to House Majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor, urging the prompt consideration in the House of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. Read more...

 

ABA Submits Technical Comments to the Department of Education

On June 13, the ABA submitted a letter to the Department of Education providing technical comments on the Department’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness form. Read more...

 

ABA Urges the Senate Special Committee on Aging to Amend the Older Americans Act

On June 9, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Special Committee on Aging urging it to amend the Older Americans Act to improve the delivery of legal services to older Americans. Read more...

 

ABA Expresses its Opposition to H.R. 966, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2011

On June 1, the ABA sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee to express its opposition to H.R. 966, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2011. Read more...

 

ABA letter Urging DOJ to Revise Proposed Rule for the "Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems."

On June 1, ABA President Stephen Zack sent a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., to urge DOJ to revise its proposed rule for the "Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems." Read more...

 

Comments Filed with DOJ Regarding the Proposed Rule for the "Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems."

The ABA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the proposed rule for the "Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems." Read more...

 

James Felman Testifies before the United States Sentencing Commission

On June 1, James Felman testified on behalf of the ABA before the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) for the hearing regarding the question of retroactivity of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 implementing amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines. Read more...

 

 

May 2011

 

ABA Opposes Measures to Expand the Department of Homeland Security's Detention Authority

On May 31, the ABA sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement stating its opposition to measures to expand the Department of Homeland Security's detention authority contained in H.R. 1932, the "Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011." Read more...

 

ABA Comments on Proposed Regulations under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

On May 23, the ABA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the Proposed Rule under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act regarding sharing of information between educational institutions and child protection agencies regarding children in foster care. Read more...

 

ABA Commends the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for Holding a Hearing on Peer-to-Peer Violence and Bullying

On May 23, the ABA issued comments regarding a hearing titled "Peer-to-Peer Violence and Bullying: Examining the Federal Response." The hearing was hosted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the ABA urged the Commission to, "do everything within its power to address this very serious problem." Read more...

 

Criminal Justice Cost-Savings Proposals

On May 23, the ABA sent a letter to the House and Senate Budget, Appropriations and Judiciary Committees, urging support for federal sentencing and corrections reforms to implement steps states have taken to cut costs while improving public safety. Read the House letter. Read the Senate letter.

 

ABA Urges SEC to Protect Attorney-Client Privilege and Client Confidentiality in Final Whistleblower Rule

On May 20, the ABA sent a letter to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro reiterating the ABA's support for protecting the attorney-client privilege and the confidential lawyer-client relationship in the final version of the Commission's proposed whistleblower rule issued under the Dodd-Frank Act. Read more...

 

ABA Testifies before U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Hearing on the Immigration Court System

On May 18, Karen T. Grisez, of the ABA Commission on Immigration, testified on behalf of the ABA before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing titled "Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System." Read more...

 

ABA Urges Technical Amendments to Arbitration Fairness Act Legislation

On May 12, the ABA sent a letter to Sens. Franken (D-MN) and Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) urging them to adopt certain technical amendments to the draft "Arbitration Fairness Act" to prevent the bill from inadvertently voiding international commercial arbitration agreements or causing the U.S. to violate longstanding treaty obligations. Read more...

 

ABA Expresses its Concerns Regarding H.R. 5, the "Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011"

On May 10, the ABA sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing its concerns regarding key provisions in H.R. 5 relating to damages, proportionate liability, contingent fees, and the collateral sources rule. Read more...

 

ABA Supports Library and Law Library of Congress Space Needs

On May 4, the ABA submitted a letter for the hearing record of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch for FY2012. The letter supports a priority request for acquisition space of the Library and Law Library as both institutions are running out of shelf space. Read more...

 

ABA Sends Letter Opposing the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2011 (S. 623)

On May 4, 2011, the ABA sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressing opposition to S. 623, the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2011. Read more...

 

April 2011

 

ABA Letter Suggesting Technical Amendments to the Draft "Arbitration Fairness Act" Legislation

On April 29, the ABA sent a letter to Rep. Hank Johnson, sponsor of proposed legislation known as the Arbitration Fairness Act, urging him to adopt certain technical amendments crafted by the ABA that would prevent the bill from inadvertently voiding many existing international commercial arbitration agreements, and violating long-standing U.S. treaty obligations. Read more...

 

ABA  Sends Letter Regarding Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Fight Money Laundering

On April 27, the ABA sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, updating them on the ABA's recent efforts to disseminate the Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Detect and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing to the legal community. Read more...

 

ABA Sends Letter to Senator Barbara Boxer on Law School Graduation Data

On April 27, the ABA sent a response to Senator Boxer regarding the need for increased integrity in data collection of law school statistics (graduation placement, salaries, job data, etc.) Read more...

 

ABA Encourages State and Local Bar Members to Follow the Voluntary Lawyer Guidance to Fight Money Laundering

On April 8, the ABA sent a letter to state and local bar presidents urging them to encourage their bars' members to follow the Voluntary Lawyer Guidance to fight money laundering and avoid more burdensome federal regulations on lawyers. Read more...

 

ABA Files Written Comments to DOJ Relating to the National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape

On April 4, 2011, the ABA filed written comments with the Department of Justice regarding the proposed rule to implement recommendations of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. Read more...

 

March 2011

 

ABA Opposes Banning Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

On March 30, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging it to reject attempts to ban federal funding for state based syringe exchange programs. Read more

 

ABA Opposes Banning Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

On March 30, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging it to reject attempts to ban federal funding for state based syringe exchange programs. Read more

 

ABA President Stephen Zack Testifies Before the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

On March 29, 2011, ABA President Stephen Zack submitted testimony to the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, House Appropriations Committee, to discuss the importance of fiscal year 2012 funding for rule of law assistance. Read more

 

ABA Comments on Permanent Amendments to Implement the Fair Sentencing Act

On March 21, the ABA submitted comments to the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) regarding implementation of the permanent amendments to the federal Sentencing Guidelines to implement the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. Read more...

 

ABA Expresses its Support for Enactment of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act

On March 16, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the Senator Jim Webb to commend him for introducing S. 306, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011, and to express its strong support for the bill's enactment. Read more

 

Written Testimony of Stephen N. Zack on Legal Services Funding for Fiscal Year 2012

On March 11, 2011 ABA President Stephen N. Zack submitted testimony on behalf of the ABA to the House Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, regarding LSC funding for FY2012 and the ABA's support for the Administration's request of $450 million. Read more

 

ABA Comments on Policy for Resumed Removals to Haiti

On March 11, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement urging a cessation of deportations to Haiti until further infrastructure has been developed and the country is in a better position to receive deportees. Read more

 

ABA Expresses its Opposition to the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2011

On March 11, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee to express its opposition to H.R. 966, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2011, which seeks to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Read more

 

ABA Commends the Senate Special Committee on Aging for Holding a Hearing on Elder Abuse

On March 1, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Special Committee on Aging to commend the committee for holding a recent hearing on elder abuse and to urge implementation of several actions to combat elder abuse. Read more

 

February 2011

 

ABA Expresses its Support for S. 23, the "Patent Reform Act of 2011"

On February 28, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the U.S. Senate to express its support for Senate approval of S. 23, the "Patent Reform Act of 2011," and ABA opposition to any amendment that may be offered to strike the "first-inventor-to-file" provisions of the bill. Read more

 

ABA Expresses its Concerns Regarding Recently Announced Reductions in Funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC)

On February 10, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science urging its opposition to cuts in LSC funding and emphasizing the benefits of pro bono programs providing civil legal services for the poor. Read more

 

ABA Expresses its Concerns Regarding HUD's Attorney-Client Privilege Waiver Policies and Practices

On February 8, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to enlist its help and support in preserving the fundamental attorney-client privilege and work product protections of HUD grantees, particularly public housing agencies. Read more

 

ABA Expresses its Concerns Regarding H.R. 5, the "Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011"

On February 8, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee expressing its concerns regarding key provisions in H.R. 5 relating to damages, proportionate liability, contingent fees, and the collateral source rule. Read more

 

ABA Expresses Concerns and Recommendations Regarding Funding for The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

On February 4, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging an increase in funding for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the remainder of the fiscal year. Read more

 

January 2011

 

ABA Expresses its Views on the Regulation of U.S. Lawyers in India

On January 25, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to the Chairman of the Bar Council of India, urging the Bar Council to maintain the status quo and not restrict U.S. lawyers from carrying on their activities in India on an "in and out" basis to advise on home country laws and other non-Indian laws. Read more

 

ABA supports Iowa Executive Order 42, automatic restoration of voting rights

On January 13, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad urging the Governor to retain in force Executive Order 42, which restores the right to vote automatically to all persons convicted of crimes upon completion of sentences. Read more

 

ABA requests full funding for student loan repayment program

On January 12, 2011 the ABA sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting full and adequate funding for the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program in the Justice Department Fiscal Year 2012 budget request. Read more

 

ABA Gatekeeper Task Force comments on the FATF's Consultation Paper

On January 7, 2011 the ABA Gatekeeper Task Force sent a comment letter to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) expressing the ABA’s views on the FATF’s Consultation Paper that proposes various possible refinements to its current anti-money laundering standards. Read more

 

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