Winter 2005

Midyear Meeting Agenda Includes Slavery Redress and Indian Trust Beneficiary Programs

In addition to holding its winter Council meeting at the 2005 ABA Midyear Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Section is sponsoring two programs, resubmitting a recommendation on patients’ rights to the House of Delegates, and hosting a reception for the presentation of its Fifth 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. 11, and from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Prime Hotel and Suites.

Also on Friday, the Section will present Slavery and Post-Slavery Redress: Do We Need a Study? This panel will examine the purpose and parameters of a study of the issue of slavery and post-slavery redress, and will discuss slavery and post-slavery redress issues generally. On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Section will sponsor for CLE credit The United States’ Responsibility to Indian Trust Beneficiaries: An Examination of the Historic Cobell v. Norton Case. This program will examine the landmark Cobell v. Norton individual Indian trust class action,in which a U.S. federal district court ruled that all sales and transfers of Indian-owned land by the Department of the Interior (DOI) must include a detailed court-approved notification of the landowner's rights as trust beneficiaries and class members. Program panelists will discuss Cobell, the historical background and present day status of the United States' special trust relationship to Indian tribes, and activity within the DOI as it reorganizes itself to comply with orders issued in the case.

Other Section activities planned for the Midyear Meeting include a reception and presentation of the Section Service Award to past Section Chair Hon. Cruz Reynoso and sponsorship of an ABA House of Delegates recommendation addressing the rights of patients to receive all relevant and medically appropriate information necessary to make fully informed healthcare decisions. The Section’s Health Law and Bioethics Committee drafted the Report with Recommendation.

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

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