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The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced May 20 that it has reached a settlement with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) that requires systemic reforms to LSAC’s treatment of individuals with disabilities who request accommodations for taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and will compensate victims of past discrimination.
The House took a significant step May 20 when it passed H.R. 4058, a bipartisan bill supported by the ABA to address the problem of sex trafficking and foster youth.
James E. Felman, the ABA’s liaison to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and chair-elect of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, testified at a June 10 commission hearing that the 2014 amendments to the drug sentencing guidelines should be applied retroactively.
ABA President James R. Silkenat has offered the ABA’s assistance to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. as the Justice Department undertakes, at President Obama’s request, an analysis of the current use of state death penalty and protocols and policies.
ABA President James R. Silkenat last month welcomed the May 27 Supreme Court decision in Hall v. Florida, 572 U.S. ___ 2014, which held as unconstitutional Florida’s rigid 70-point IQ cutoff for determining whether an individual has intellectual disabilities that prohibit imposition of the death penalty.
Staff from various congressional office and federal agencies gathered on Capitol Hill May 20 for a mock Social Security Administration (SSA) disability appeals hearing sponsored by 10 ABA entities and coordinated by the ABA Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs. The free mock hearings, which have been offered since 2004, involve ABA volunteers portraying those who participate in SSA hearings.
Hearings continued on Capitol Hill this spring on the impact of the Supreme Court’s April 2 decision abolishing limits on aggregate amounts that an individual may contribute to political candidates and political party committees.