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The ABA House of Delegates has the ultimate responsibility for establishing association policy on professional and public issues. Patricia Lee Refo, who presides over the 560-member body, explains how an idea becomes policy that may eventually have a nationwide or worldwide impact. “There’s no question that what happens at the House of Delegates makes a big difference,” said Refo. “Members of Congress and their legislative staffs rely on the expertise that comes from the American Bar Association when they consider legislation.”Read More »
The House of Delegates urges jurisdictions that impose capital punishment to promulgate execution protocols in a transparent manner. It also calls for public review and comment before final adoption of any execution protocol.
Resolution 108B was adopted at the 2015 Midyear Meeting session of the policy-making body.Read More »
House delegates pass resolution 108A, urging all governments that impose capital punishment to require unanimous decisions by juries before imposition of death-penalty sentences. Of the states, only Florida, Alabama and Delaware do not require unanimous verdicts in capital punishment cases. The resolution also covers military courts.
Resolution 108A was adopted at the 2015 Midyear Meeting session of the policy-making body.Read More »
Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg speaks in favor of resolution 107D during the 2015 Midyear Meeting session of the House of Delegates.
House delegates voted in favor of the measure, which adopts the black letter of the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Prosecution Function and Defense Function, dated February 2015, to supplant the third edition (1993) of the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Prosecution Function and Defense Function.Read More »
The House of Delegates adopts resolution 107B, urging states to hold accountable those who unlawfully intimidate or tamper with victims. The resolution urges governments to adopt practices, procedures and training to ensure the integrity of criminal proceedings.
Resolution 107B was adopted at the 2015 Midyear Meeting session of the policy-making body.Read More »
President-Elect Nominee Linda A. Klein gave remarks to the House of Delegates during the 2015 Midyear Meeting in Houston. Klein lauded the courage and the direction in which President Hubbard is leading the ABA. “Working together is what the ABA does best,” she said, citing the association’s work with state, local and minority bars.Read More »
At its 2015 Midyear Meeting, the American Bar Association adopted Monday a broad range of criminal justice policies and a host of others, including a measure seeking more help with student debt for young lawyers.Read More »