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ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this month to forward the Law of the Sea Convention to the full Senate for its advice and consent for ratification of the treaty.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced the adoption May 17 of new standards to prevent, detect and respond to prison rape.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) called a hearing June 6 to examine S. 2197, the Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012, ABA-supported legislation that would codify a clear uniform standard for disclosure of evidence by federal prosecutors that may be favorable to a defendant in a criminal prosecution.
As the push intensifies this month for passage of legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), June 26 has been designated as a National Day of Action on the issue.
The Senate Armed Services Committee acknowledged the work of the ABA Military Pro Bono Project last month when it released its committee report on the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
The ABA reiterated its support last month for the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would update key provisions of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to assure that men and women have the tools to assert their legal right to equal pay for equal work.
ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III expressed the ABA’s opposition last month to military child custody provisions in H.R. 4310, defense authorization legislation that passed the House May 18.