The ABA, participating in a May 9 briefing for the Congressional Military Family Caucus, told Capitol Hill staff about ABA Home Front, a new website providing an information center where servicemembers and military families can find resources for understanding legal issues and obtaining legal assistance for their problems.
The ABA reassured key Senate leaders April 27 regarding the association’s commitment to educating and encouraging practicing lawyers throughout the country to follow the Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Detect and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, which was adopted by the ABA House of Delegates in August 2010.
The ABA submitted comments in March opposing the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s proposal to permanently adopt a temporary emergency amendment to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines that was put in place last year upon enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA), which reduced the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses.
A bill approved last month by the Senate Judiciary Committee would allow federal trial and appellate judges to permit the photographing, electronic recording, broadcasting or televising to the public of court proceedings over which they preside except when the action might constitute a violation of any party’s due process rights.
In his April 29 Law Day proclamation, President Obama encouraged all Americans to celebrate and reflect upon the example of President John Adams, whose “legacy of dedication to fairness and the rights of the accused has been carried forward by members of the legal profession for more than two centuries.”