Winter 2006

Midyear Meeting Agenda Includes Panels on Constitutional Law and Health Care Rights

The Section will sponsor a number of events at the 2006 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago, Ill. In addition to the winter Council Meeting, the Section will hold two panel discussions, present the Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service, and submit two reports with recommendations to the ABA House of Delegates.

The Council will meet on Friday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gold Coast Room, Bronze Level, West Tower. It will conclude its meeting on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Toronto Room, Gold Level, West Tower.

Also on Friday, the Section will present From Dred Scott to Rosa Parks and Hurricane Katrina: Where Do We Go from Here? Constitutional Law Through the Eyes of Black America. The program will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. From 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Section will sponsor Advocating for Health Care as a Human Right: Health Care in Prison and Detention. Using the imprisonment/detention context as an analytical framework, the panel will examine domestic and international sources of health care law, compare and contrast the “right” to health care versus “access” to health care, and explore ways to make the right to health care a legal reality in the United States.

Friday evening the Section will sponsor a reception in honor of Jerome J. Shestack, former Section Chair, who will receive the 2006 Drinan Service Award (see related story, this page).

The ABA House of Delegates will consider two Section-sponsored reports with recommendations. The first urges Congress to pass legislation to establish a process to provide federal recognition and to restore self-determination to Native Hawaiians. It further resolves that self-determination and self-governance are defined as an authority similar to that which American Indian and Alaska Native governments possess under the Constitution to govern and provide for the health, safety, and welfare of their members. The second recommendation urges the United States Congress to 1) create and appropriate funds for a Commission to study and make findings relating to the present day social, political, and economic consequences of both slavery and the denial thereafter of equal justice under law for persons of African descent living in the United States; and 2) authorize the Commission to propose public policies or governmental actions, if any, that may be appropriate to address such consequences.

For more information about the Section’s activities, please contact the Section office at 202/662-1030.

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