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“American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters” was the theme of this year’s Law Day USA, a May 1 celebration initiated by the ABA that has grown to include weeks of events conducted by bar associations, courts, schools and other organizations throughout the country.
The ABA is opposing a proposal to cut authorized funding for Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act (PAIMI) programs and to bar the programs from using funds to provide critical legal services on behalf of groups of individuals with serious mental illness.
ABA President James R. Silkenat urged Republican Governors Association (RGA) Chair Gov. Chris Christie to retract a new video ad aired last month that vilifies South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen for his work as a criminal defense attorney.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a clemency initiative April 23 that will encourage qualified federal inmates to petition to have their sentences commuted or reduced as part of the “Smart on Crime” initiative announced last year by U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. during the ABA’s Annual Meeting.
Harriet Miers, a longtime ABA member, is former White House counsel and a commissioner on the Texas Access to Justice Commission. She inspired this year’s ABA Day participants with her speech during the April 9 Breakfast Briefing on Capitol Hill.
The ABA is urging Congress to provide fiscal year 2015 appropriations for the Elder Justice Act (EJA), which has received no funding since it was enacted with bipartisan support in 2010 as part of P.L. 111-48, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The ABA is continuing its efforts to oppose draft tax reform legislation that would have negative consequences for many lawyers and law firms.