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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – in response to concerns raised by the ABA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and numerous other legal and business organizations – recognized the importance of protecting the attorney-client privilege and the confidential lawyer-client relationship in its final whistleblower rules issued May 25.
The ABA testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 18 that, although progress is being made toward improving the immigration court system, significant problems remain.
The ABA expressed opposition May 31 to a bill to expand Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detention authority, emphasizing that Congress should be taking steps to shorten and provide alternatives to, not prolong, detention.
ABA President Stephen N. Zack last month urged House and Senate leaders of the Budget, Appropriations and Judiciary Committees to rethink the country’s approach to criminal justice and corrections spending and look toward less costly and more effective alternatives.
A bipartisan bill introduced last month in the Senate would authorize the Defense Department (DoD) to support approved programs designed to provide pro bono legal representation to low-income military families – a move strongly supported by the ABA.
The ABA urged key congressional leaders to make additional changes to this year’s version of the proposed Arbitration Fairness Act, maintaining that even though the bills include some of the association’s earlier suggestions, the legislation still would have certain profound and unintended negative consequences.
In May 23 comments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the ABA commended the commission for its attention to bullying and other types of peer-to-peer violence where students are targeted because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.