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Emphasizing that “insufficient resources are diminishing the ability of our federal courts to serve the people and deliver timely justice,” the ABA expressed support this month for S. 1385, a bill to increase the number of authorized Article III judgeships by 10 percent as recommended by the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Following a request from the ABA for clarification on work that may be performed by unpaid law student interns, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) responded Sept. 12 that law students may work as unpaid interns on pro bono matters at for-profit law firms.
A bill that has been years in the making to protect journalists from unwarranted intrusion by the government and maintain free flow of information to the public was approved Sept. 12 by a 13-5 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The ABA expressed strong support Sept. 16 for S. 1173, a bill that seeks to expand presidential involvement in the rulemaking activities of independent regulatory agencies.
The ABA opposes legislation approved Sept. 11 by the House Judiciary Committee that would amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to reinstate a mandatory sanctions provision.
Legislation introduced this month in both the House and Senate would amend the Adoption Incentives Program to encourage reunification and overall permanency outcomes for children – a goal strongly supported by the ABA.