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President Obama signed an ABA-supported bipartisan bill March 7 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The ABA House of Delegates, convening Feb. 11 during the association’s Midyear Meeting in Dallas, approved numerous new policies that included resolutions calling for protection of human trafficking victims, supporting adequate funding for the federal courts and legal services, and supporting greater disclosure of campaign spending.
William C. Hubbard, nominated during the Midyear Meeting to be the ABA’s president-elect nominee, told the ABA House of Delegates Feb. 11 that the association should “create a new standard for diversity and inclusion that is the envy of the world.”
Cybersecurity issues are once again in the forefront on Capitol Hill following the president’s Feb. 12 presidential policy directive and executive order and reintroduction the next day of cybersecurity legislation in the House.
ABA President Laurel G. Bellows joined with American Association for Justice President Alice McLarty and Mary Massaron Ross, president of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, in a statement warning about the impact that mandatory funding cuts for 2013, known as sequestration, will have on access to justice.
Citing an immigration system “plagued with problems at every level,” ABA President Laurel G. Bellows urged enactment last month of comprehensive immigration reform legislation.