The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled this month that Congress violated the Constitution’s compensation clause when it blocked cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for federal judges in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999, and that Congress improperly withhold COLAs in 2007 and 2010 based on erroneous interpretation of a statute.
A number of important barriers restricting U.S and other foreign law firms from operating in China still remain, the ABA told the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in comments submitted Sept. 24 on China’s compliance with its commitments in connection with its accession in 2001 to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The ABA recommended to Congress last month that federal administrative law judges (ALJs) be subject to, and accountable under, appropriate standards for ethical conduct adapted from the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct.
ABA President Laurel G. Bellows urged Senate leaders last month to promptly enact S. 3394, a bill that 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).
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) officially launched a new free website Sept. 19 on Capitol Hill that was developed and is being updated and maintained by the ABA Criminal Justice Section in conjunction with the National Institute of Justice.
A task force report released this month by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) identifies and recommends innovative ways to enhance pro bono services throughout the country.
The fight against human trafficking intensified recently as President Obama announced initiatives Sept. 25 to expand resources and legal assistance to human trafficking victims and to strengthen government contractor compliance with anti-human trafficking efforts.