Legislation signed Sept. 16 by President Obama contains the most comprehensive revision and improvement of U.S. patent laws since 1952, the original date of codification.
ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III urged the Labor Department Sept. 21 to reconsider a proposed rule that the association maintains would require many labor lawyers and law firms to report sensitive and confidential client information to the government.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2012 funding level of $396 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) last month.
The ABA urged the Senate Judiciary Committee last month not to attach amendments to a data security bill that would add mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes under the measure.
Guardianship is a “double-edged sword” that provides protection yet removes fundamental rights, the ABA said in a statement submitted to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee last month as the association urged the panel to support efforts by the federal government to enhance guardianship systems at the state level.
Bills to reauthorize and strengthen the Trafficking Victims Protection Act have begun moving through both houses of Congress, with approval early this month of legislation by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and markup for a similar bill expected shortly by the Senate Judiciary Committee.