October 25, 2018

Independence of the Legal Profession

116th Congress

1/7/20
House
ABA Support for Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era

10/22/2019
House 
ABA Opposes Anti-Money Laundering Legislation That Undermines Client Confidentiality in Real Estate Transactions, Imposes Burdensome Regulations on Small Businesses

9/19/19
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
ABA Submitted a Comment Letter to the CFPB Regarding its Proposed Rule on "Debt Collection Practices (Regulation F)" 

5/6/19
House Financial Services Committee
ABA Opposes Legislation Imposing Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements on Small Businesses and Their Lawyers

115th Congress

9/19/18
House
ABA Urges House to Pass H.R. 5082, the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act

3/19/18
House Financial Services Committee
ABA Supports H.R. 5082, the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act

2/1/18
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
ABA Opposes S. 1454, the “True Incorporation Transparency for Law Enforcement (TITLE) Act,” Supports Other Means to Fight Money Laundering

11/27/17
House Committee on Financial Services
ABA Opposes Legislation Imposing Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements on Small Businesses and Their Lawyers

11/16/17
House Committee on Financial Services
ABA Supports the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act

5/5/17
Department of Homeland Security
ABA Urges DHS to Preserve Attorney-Client Privilege and Client Confidentiality During Border Searches of Lawyers’ Electronic Devices

4/21/17
House Ways and Means Committee
ABA Letter in Opposition to Accrual Accounting

4/21/17
Senate Committee on Finance
ABA Letter in Opposition to Accrual Accounting

114th Congress

10/25/16
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
ABA Urges CFPB to Protect the Attorney-Client Privilege in New Rules Governing Disclosure of Confidential Information

10/25/16
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
ABA Urges CFPB to Protect the Attorney-Client Privilege in New Rules Governing Disclosure of Confidential Information

6/24/16
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
ABA Urges FDIC to Protect Client Confidentiality in New Deposit Insurance Recordkeeping Rule for Large Banks

5/24/15
Chairman and Ranking Member of House Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing 
ABA Opposes H.R. 4450, the “Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act,” Supports Other Means to Fight Money Laundering

4/27/16
House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
ABA Statement on Department of Labor’s Changes to the “Persuader Rule”

4/6/15
Senate Finance Committee
ABA Urges Congress to Reject Harmful Tax Proposals Affecting Law Firms

4/6/15
House Ways & Means Committee
ABA Urges Congress to Reject Harmful Tax Proposals Affecting Law Firms

113th Congress

10/3/14
Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
ABA Urges Treasury Department to Protect Client Confidentiality in New Beneficial Ownership Disclosure Rule

7/10/14
House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access
ABA Supports Law Firms' Use of Cash Accounting, Warns of Proposed Tax on Phantom Income

6/20/14
Legal Services Corporation
ABA Urges Legal Services Corporation to Preserve Client Confidentiality

1/13/14
House Ways & Means Committee
ABA Urges Congress to Reject Burdensome New Tax Proposal Affecting Law Firms

1/13/14
Senate Finance Committee
ABA Urges Congress to Reject Burdensome New Tax Proposal Affecting Law Firms

11/19/13
News Item Only (ABA Board of Governors)
ABA Resolution Opposing Burdensome New Tax Proposal Affecting Law Firms

11/15/13
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Gov't Affairs
ABA Endorses Legislation Requiring Plain Language in Regulations

11/15/13
House Judiciary Committee and Oversight & Government Reform Committee
ABA Endorses Legislation Requiring Plain Language Regulations

9/16/13
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Gov't Affairs
ABA Endorses Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act of 2013

7/31/13
State and Local Bar Presidents
ABA Urges State and Local Bar Members to Follow New ABA Ethics Opinion and Voluntary Lawyer Guidance to Fight Money Laundering

5/8/13
Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
ABA Comments on FATF’s Draft Report on Money Laundering Vulnerabilities of Legal Professionals

3/27/13
House Subcommittee on Trade
ABA Letter on US-India Trade Relations

112th Congress

11/26/12
Treasury Department and Financial Action Task Force
ABA Advises Treasury Department and FATF of the Bar's Efforts to Fight Money Laundering

9/20/12
Senate
ABA Urges Senators to Support Legislation Protecting Privileged Materials Submitted to the CFPB

7/31/12
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
ABA Opposes Federal Reserve Board's Proposal Requiring Banks to Report Legal Reserves

5/4/12
Treasury Department Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
ABA Opposes Treasury Department Proposal Requiring Law Firms to Disclose Client Identities and Beneficial Ownership Information

4/13/12
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
ABA Submits Comments Opposing CFPB’s Proposed Attorney-Client Privilege Rule

3/27/12
Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
Letter to FATF providing reactions to revised International Anti-Money Laundering Standards

2/21/12
House
Letter to key House Members expressing support for H.R. 4014.

2/21/12
Senate
Letter to Members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee expressing support for S. 2099.

12/21/11
DOD
ABA Letter to Secretary of Defense Panetta Concerning Attorney-Client Privilege Relating to Guantanamo Detainees

12/16/11
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
ABA Opposes S 1483, the “Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act”

9/21/11
Department of Labor
ABA Submits Comment Letter Opposing DOL Proposed "Persuader Activities Rule"

9/16/11
Financial Action Task Force
ABA Submits Additional Comments on FATF Consulation Paper

6/17/11
Financial Action Task Force
ABA seeks dialogue with FATF regarding proposed new international anti-money laundering standards

5/20/11
SEC
ABA Urges SEC to protect attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality in final whistleblower rule

5/12/11
Senate and House
ABA Urges Technical Amendments to Arbitration Fairness Act Legislation

4/27/11
Senate
ABA letter to key Senators regarding Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for lawyers to fight money laundering

2/8/11
Department of Housing and Urban Development
ABA Expresses its Concerns Regarding HUD's Attorney-Client Privilege Waiver Policies and Practices

111th Congress

9/20/10
FASB
Letter commenting on proposed accounting standards

6/15/10
Leadership
Letter to House/Senate Leadership commenting on Lawyer Regulation within the Consumer Financial Protection Act, H.R. 4173

6/11/10
Conferee
Letter commenting on Lawyer Regulation within the Consumer Financial Protection Act, H.R. 4173

5/28/10
IRS
Letter commenting on IRA Announcements with Regards to Attorney-Client Privilege

3/29/10
FTC
Letter commenting on a Proposed Rule regarding Mortgage Assistance Relief Services

3/22/10
Senate
Letter commenting on the Lawyer Regulation Provisions in Revised Consumer Financial (Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs)

3/3/10
HUD
Letter proposing changes to the Practice of Law Exemption to the HUD proposed rule titled, "SAFE Mortgage Liscencing Act: HUD Responsibilities Under SAFE Act"

11/19/09
House
On November 19, the ABA sent a letter to the House Financial Services Committee expressing concerns regarding provisions H.R. 3126

110th Congress

6/20/08
GSA
Letter commenting on proposed FAR rule on “Contractor Compliance Program and Integrity Reporting” (General Services Administration)

3/21/08
House
Letter from ABA Governmental Affairs Office supporting S. 2450, legislation to adopt proposed Federal Rule of Evidence 502 (Committee on the Judiciary)

3/21/08
House
Letter from ABA Section of Litigation supporting S. 2450, legislation to adopt proposed Federal Rule of Evidence 502 (Committee on the Judiciary)

12/7/07
Senate
Letter supporting legislation to adopt proposed Federal Rule of Evidence 502 (Committee on the Judiciary)

11/8/07
House
Letter supporting H.R.3013,the "Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007" (Committee on the Judiciary)

6/4/07
Senate
Letter supporting for S. 186, the "Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007" (Committee on the Judiciary)

3/8/07
House
Written Statement on the McNulty Memorandum's Effect on the Right to Counsel in Corporate Investigations (Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security)

2/15/07
AOUSC
Letter from ABA Section on Litigation regarding changes to proposed Federal Rule of Evidence 502 (Administrative Office of U.S. Courts)

2/15/07
AOUSC
Letter from ABA Task Force regarding changes to proposed Federal Rule of Evidence 502 (Administrative Office of U.S. Courts)

2/5/07
SEC
Letter regarding requesting waiver of attorney-client privilege, work product, and employee legal protections (Securities and Exchange Commission)

109th Congress

12/8/06
HUD
Letter regarding policies, practices and procedures related to legal assistance provided to employees (Department of Housing and Urban Development)

10/24/06
Senate
Letter amending ABA testimony during hearing on September 12, 2006, "The Thompson Memorandum’s Effect on the Right to Counsel in Corporate Investigations" (Committee on the Judiciary)

9/12/06
Senate
Written statement on "The Thompson Memorandum's Effect on the Right to Counsel in Corporate Investigations" (Committee on the Judiciary)

7/11/06
Senate
Letter commenting on the Hamdan decision regarding military commissions and the attorney-client privilege (Committee on Armed Services)

7/11/06
Senate
Letter commenting on the Hamdan decision regarding military commissions and the attorney-client privilege (Committee on the Judiciary)

7/11/06
House
Letter commenting on the Hamdan decision regarding military commissions and the attorney-client privilege (Committee on Armed Services)

5/2/06
DOJ
Letter commenting on the DOJ's attorney-client privilege and world product doctrine waiver policy (Department of Justice)

3/28/06
USSC
Letter commenting on the waiver of attorney-client privilege (United States Sentencing Commission)

3/3/06
House
Letter to commenting on attorney-client privilege and corporate waivers (Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Committee on the Judiciary)

2/9/05
USSC
Letter commenting on the Booker/Fanfan Decisions and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (United States Sentencing Commission)

12/5/05
USSC
Letter commenting on waiver of attorney-client privilege (United States Sentencing Commission)

11/15/05
USSC
Written statement commenting on proposed amendment to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (United States Sentencing Commission)

8/15/05
USSC
Letter noting proposed priorities for the waiver of attorney-client privilege (United States Sentencing Commission)

5/17/05
USSC
Letter concerning revision of the commentary of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines (United States Sentencing Commission)