Winter 2004

Midyear Meeting Agenda Includes PATRIOT Act and Moratorium Programs

The Section has a busy schedule of activities planned for the ABA 2004 Midyear Meeting in San Antonio, Tex. In addition to holding its winter Council meeting, the Section will hold two programs, sponsor four policy recommendations in the ABA House of Delegates, and host a reception for the presentation of its Fourth Annual "Robert F. Drinan Distinguished Service Award."

The Section Council will meet from 9:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m. on Friday, Feb. 6, and from 9:00 a. m. to 11:30 a. m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, in room Salon J (3rd Floor) at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel.

On Friday, Feb. 6, the Section will sponsor a program entitled, "Son of Patriot," addressing international impacts of the USA PATRIOT Act and examining whether its enactment triggered the passage of similar laws in other nations. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Section and the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project will sponsor a program entitled, "A Moratorium on Executions: The Professional Responsibility to Make the Case," discussing impacts of the ABA's call for a moratorium on executions in San Antonio seven years ago and ways in which individuals and bar associations can get involved in the moratorium movement.

Other Section activities during the Midyear Meeting include a reception and presentation of the Section Service Award to past Chair Marna Tucker and sponsorship of ABA House of Delegates recommendations concerning Native American Health Care, Civil Marriages, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and Universal Jurisdiction.

During the Section Council meeting on Friday, Feb. 6, the Council will elect a new member to fill the vacant Council position created by the resignation of Jay Kanassatega in October. The Section's Nominating Committee, chaired by Past Section Chair Bill Robinson, will nominate a candidate for this position prior to that meeting.

For more information on the Section's Midyear Meeting events, please contact the Section office at 202/662-1030.

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