ABA witness James E. Felman, testifying Feb. 16 before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, maintained that the current system of advisory guidelines is the best means available of achieving the original goals of the 1994 Sentencing Reform Act (SRA) – the elimination of both unwarranted disparity and unwarranted uniformity in sentencing.
ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III last month urged prompt enactment of S. 2099 and H.R. 4014, bills that the association maintains would create a single, consistent standard for the treatment of privileged information submitted to all federal agencies that supervise banks, including the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III expressed support March 1 for efforts to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided appropriate accommodations when taking law school admission tests.
The Indian Madras High Court ruled Feb. 21 that foreign lawyers may participate in international arbitration proceedings in India and advise clients on foreign law on a “fly-in fly-out” basis.
The ABA last month commended the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) for undertaking a study of immigration adjudication, noting that both the ACUS draft report released in January and a detailed report issued by the ABA in 2010 focus on ensuring fairness and promoting efficiency in the adjudication system.
The Fourth Circuit Judicial Council suspended the March 1 effective date for implementation of new special procedures for requesting attorney compensation requests in death penalty cases to permit the council to consider concerns expressed by individuals and groups, including the ABA.
The ABA submitted a report to U.S, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. earlier this year with the five key findings of the National Focus Group on Indigent Defense Reform, which was brought together to identify concrete strategies for reforming and strengthening indigent defense services throughout the United States.