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This year’s ABA Day in Washington drew 350 lawyers from 49 states and the District of Columbia April 8-10 to meet with members of Congress to discuss issues of importance to the legal profession.
ABA President James R. Silkenat urged a House Appropriations subcommittee March 31 to fund the LSC at no less than $430 million in fiscal year 2015 – the same amount requested by President Obama.
The ABA is urging U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to withdraw what the ABA calls an “ill-reasoned and pernicious” Justice Department opinion issued in 2008 in Matter of Silva-Trevino that permits an immigration judge to consider evidence outside the record of a noncitizen’s conviction when determining immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
Accepting a change recommended by the ABA, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved an amendment in March to the federal judiciary’s Model Grand Jury Charge that clarifies that grand jurors must consider charges against each person separately when charges are brought against more than one person.
The Senate failed this month to garner the 60 votes necessary to proceed to consideration of the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill supported by the ABA.
ABA President James R. Silkenat said this month that the recent Supreme Court 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, 572 U.S. ___ (2014), “will result in significant additional money pouring into the campaign finance system and is bound to increase the public concern over undue influence in governmental decision making.”