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ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III vowed last month that the ABA will work diligently with Congress to seek restoration of lost and desperately needed funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) after President Obama signed into law a fiscal year 2012 appropriations package that cut the corporation’s funding by $56 million to $348 million.
ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III urged the Office of Governmental Ethics (OGE) to retain an exception for nonprofit professional associations that is included in proposed amendments to regulations limiting gifts to executive branch employees from registered lobbyists and lobbying organizations.
The ABA commended Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Michael D. Crapo (R-Idaho) for sponsoring legislation last month to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which the association emphasized has provided, since it original enactment in 1994, life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of women, men and children who are victims of domestic, sexual, stalking and dating violence.
The ABA expressed concerns last month about detainee provisions passed by the Senate Dec. 1 as part of its version of H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
Top national security experts convened Dec. 2-3 in Washington, D.C., for the 21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law, cosponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
A Dec. 6 hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Law and the Courts revived the debate about whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s open proceedings should be televised.