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For the first time, representatives from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands attended the annual ABA Day in Washington, an opportunity for participants to meet face-to-face with their representatives and senators to advocate on issues of importance to the legal profession.
When Attorney General Eric Holder convened a hearing last month for his Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, Governmental Affairs Director Thomas M. Susman submitted comments on the ABA’s long history of advocating on behalf of children.
“No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom” was the theme of this year’s Law Day, which brought together legal and civic leaders from around the country for events highlighting the need for adequate funding for the courts.
The ABA expressed support last month for legislation to address confusion and uncertainty in situations where Medicare is a secondary rather than the primary payer of medical expenses related to workplace injuries.
The Senate, after rejecting proposals to narrow the scope of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization legislation, passed the bill April 27 by a 68-31 vote.
LEGAL SERVICES: ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III participated April 18 in a White House Forum on the State of Civil Legal Assistance. Those appearing on the panel were (from left): former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh; White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler; Will A. Gunn, general counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs; moderator Martha Minow, Harvard Law School dean and LSC Board vice chair; Jess H. Dickinson, Mississippi Supreme Court justice; Robinson; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan; and Mark Childress, deputy chief of staff to President Obama.
The ABA last month urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to withdraw a proposed rule that the association believes would improperly pressure both bank- and non-bank-supervised entities to submit privileged information to the CFPB.