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Highlighting two top ABA priorities, ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III urged the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction last month to maintain adequate funding for civil legal services and the federal court system.
The ABA, in testimony last month before a House Judiciary subcommittee, maintained that there is no need to fundamentally overhaul the current advisory sentencing guidelines system.
ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III commended Senate leaders last month for confirming 10 judges during the first two weeks of October and urged them to continue to schedule multiple nominees for votes on the same day at regular intervals throughout the remainder of this session to make progress toward reducing the vacancy rate.
The ABA expressed strong support this month for S. 598, the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a 10-8 vote Nov. 10 in an effort to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who first proposed the idea of a National Criminal Justice Commission in 2009, vowed last month at the ABA Criminal Justice Section Fall Conference to keep fighting for his legislation after the Senate failed to attach language to create the study commission to a fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill.
ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III provided Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) with a letter last month from the association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar detailing the steps the section is taking to provide accurate and timely information to assist prospective law students and law school graduates in making informed choices about law schools and legal careers.
Conferees began negotiations this month on the first fiscal year 2012 “minibus” appropriations package, which combines three of the 12 funding bills required to keep the government running – Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-State, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.