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More than 350 attendees representing 49 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill for ABA Day 2014, the American Bar Association’s annual effort to advocate for the legal profession and access-to-justice issues.
Held April 8-10, ABA Day drew volunteer leaders from the ABA and bar associations around the country. Participants asked their representatives for increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation and expressed their opposition proposed legislation that would place an undue financial tax burden on lawyers and law firms, among several other priority concerns.
Two awards ceremonies were held during the three-day event. The ABA Justice Award recognized members of Congress who demonstrated leadership on matters of primary importance to the organized bar. Recipients were Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).
The ABA Grassroots Advocacy Awards recognized individuals who demonstrated leadership on matters of primary importance to the organized bar. Recipients were were North Carolina lawyer Mark Sullivan, D.C. law professor Stephen Saltzburg, South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson and State Bar of South Dakota Executive Director Thomas C. Barnett Jr.