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The 13-5 vote on the bill, S. 744, wrapped up a five-day markup during which the committee considered more than 150 amendments but left intact provisions supported by the ABA that seek to improve immigration adjudication and detention systems.
This year’s ABA Day in Washington, the association’s annual lobbying event, drew more than 350 bar leaders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands to the nation’s capital April 16-18 to advocate on issues of importance to the legal profession.
“Realizing the Dream: Equality for All” was the theme of this year’s Law Day, marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the creation this month of a bipartisan task force on over-criminalization to assess federal criminal statutes and make recommendations for improvements.
The ABA Governmental Affairs Office moved to a new home this month when the association relocated its 250-member Washington staff to new offices.