ABA President Laurel G. Bellows urged the Senate Judiciary Committee last month to take prompt action to prevent gun violence by strengthening the nation’s gun laws through taking “reasonable, common-sense steps” that do not violate the constitutional right to bear arms or impinge on gun owner traditions and ordinary uses of firearms.
A bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled a framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration system last month, expressing hope that legislation could be passed by the Senate this summer.
ABA President Laurel Bellows expressed strong support this month for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), an effort she said will “renew proven and effective programs that support victims of domestic, sexual, stalking and dating violence and their families.”
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., issuing his 2012 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, highlighted the judiciary’s strategy for achieving cost savings in the face of the government’s budget deficit, but he encouraged the president and Congress to be especially attentive to the needs of the judicial branch and provide the resources necessary for its operations.
The ABA House of Delegates, meeting Feb. 11 during the association’s Midyear Meeting in Dallas, is expected to consider policy recommendations ranging from human trafficking to changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.