October 25, 2018

Judiciary

Letters & Testimony

The ABA frequently corresponds with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental bodies and testifies before Congress on matters of importance to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

115th Congress

9/13/18
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter on Markup of H.R. 3487, H.R. 6730, H.R. 6754, and H.R. 6755

7/27/18
Senator Elizabeth Warren
ABA Letter in Support of Amendment No. 3659 to H.R. 6147

7/16/18
House Rules Committee
ABA Letter in Support of Scott Amendment to H.R. 6147

6/27/18
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
ABA Letter on Judgeships Needs of the Federal Judiciary

5/11/18
Louisiana Governor John Edwards
ABA Letter to Louisiana Governor Opposing HB699 Re: Jury Polling

8/23/17
Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee On Privacy, Technology and the Law
ABA Opposes Restructuring the 9th Circuit

5/16/17
House of Representatives
ABA Urges Passage of Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017, H.R. 2266

3/16/17
House Judiciary's Subcommittee On The Courts, Intellectual Property, And The Internet
ABA Opposes Current Legislative Efforts to Restructure the Ninth Judicial Circuit

114th Congress

9/23/16
Office of Management and Budget; Office of Personnel Management
ABA Expresses Concern Over Proposal to Authorize the Appointment of Term-Limited Administrative Law Judges

9/20/16
Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice
ABA Urges Caution Regarding Federal Diversity Jurisdiction Changes

9/6/16
Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Reid
ABA Urges Action on Judicial Nominees

6/17/16
Senator Mazie Hirono
ABA Supports S. Res. 373, recognizing the historical significance of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II

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

1/6/16
Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives
ABA Opposes the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015

12/2/15
Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Reid
ABA Urges Senate Leadership to Schedule Confirmation Votes on 15 Judicial Nominees

9/17/15
House of Representatives
ABA Opposes H.R. 758, Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

6/23/15
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee
ABA Opposes the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015

4/14/15
Chair and Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter Urging Opposition to the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

3/23/15
House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Consitution and Civil Justice
ABA Letter Opposing the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

113th Congress

12/9/14
Representative Goodlatte, Chair, House Judiciary Committee
ABA Supports Expanded Experimentation with Electronic Media Coverage of Federal Judicial Proceedings

4/7/14
Senate
ABA Supports Paycheck Fairness Act 

1/13/14
Senate
ABA Letter Regarding the Nomination of Debo Adegbile

11/12/13
House
ABA Letter Opposing the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013

10/29/13
House
ABA Letter Regarding House Judiciary Hearing on Judgeships

10/8/13
House
ABA Testimony Regarding the Impact of the Government Shutdown and Sequestration on the Federal Judiciary

9/10/13
Senate
ABA Testimony Supporting the Federal Judgeship Act of 2013

8/27/13
Bar Members
ABA Action Alert on Federal Court Funding Crisis

8/15/13
ABA Grassroots Action Team
ABA Action Alert on Federal Court Funding Crisis

7/30/13
Senate
ABA Letter to Senator Coons Regarding Sequestration and the Federal Courts

7/24/13
Senate
ABA Letter Opposing the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013

6/19/13
Senate
ABA Letter Supporting Feinstein/Coons Amendment to S. 744

5/15/13
Administrative Conference pf the United States 
ABA Comments on the Social Security Administration's Region I Pilot Program 

112th Congress

11/14/12
White House
ABA Letter to President Obama Regarding Adequate Judicial Resources

10/17/12
Bar Leaders
ABA Letter to Bar Leaders Regarding Sequestration and the Courts

9/28/12
Senate
ABA Letter Regarding the Social Security Administration's Disability Programs

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

9/12/12
Senate
ABA President Urges Illinois Senators to Consider Diversity in Attorney Nominations

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

6/20/12
Senate
ABA Urges Senators Reid and McConnell to Schedule Confirmation Votes on Three Pending Circuit Court Nominees

6/14/12
White House
ABA Asks President Obama to Recognize October 14-20, 2012 as "Mediation Week"

6/14/12
DOJ
ABA Asks Attorney General Holder to Recognize October 14-20, 2012 as "Mediation Week"

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

10/24/11
White House
Commends the White House on Its Efforts to Diversify the Federal Judiciary

10/13/11
Senate
ABA Letter Commending Senate Majority Leader Reid on Recent Confirmations and Urges Sustained Action

10/13/11
Senate
ABA Letter Commending Senate Minority Leader McConnell on Recent Confirmations and Urges Sustained Action

10/3/11
Department of Justice
ABA Asks Attorney General Holder to Recognize October 16-22 as "Mediation Week"

7/28/11
Senate
Letter asking Senate leaders to schedule up-or down votes before the August recess on all nominees pending on the Senate Calendar who were reported out of committee with no recorded opposition

6/23/11
California
ABA Letter to Governor of California and California State Legislature expressing concerns regarding funding cuts of state court budget. (Gov. Brown, Sen. Dutton, Sen. Steinberg, Sen. Corbett, Rep. Conway, Rep. Perez)

6/1/11
House
ABA letter expressing its opposition to H.R. 966, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2011.

4/29/11
House
ABA letter suggesting technical amendments to the draft "Arbitration Fairness Act" legislation.

3/11/11
House
ABA Expresses its Opposition to the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act to Amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

111th Congress

11/15/10
Senate
Letter urging senate consideration and passage of Paycheck Fairness Act.

8/6/10
Senate
Letter urging to promptly fill federal judicial vacancies

8/5/10
Other
Letter urging to promptly fill federal judicial vacancies (President and Senate Leadership)

7/26/10
Senate
Letter supporting the passage of S. 182, the Paycheck Fairness Act (Leadership)

7/26/10
Senate
Letter supporting the passage of S. 182, the Paycheck Fairness Act

7/20/10
House
ABA Supports the Senate Amendments to H.R. 725, the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act

7/13/10
House
ABA Offers Suggested Technical Amendments to H.R. 1020

3/10/10
Senate
Letter supporting S. 182, the Paycheck Fairness Act (Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions)

3/9/10
Public
Statement regarding the Detainees Accused of the 9/11 Attacks

3/9/10
Senate
Letter supporting S. 1789, the Fair Sentencing Act of 2009 (Committee on Judiciary)

3/5/10
Public
Statement regarding the Justice Department Lawyers’ Representation of Detainees

1/12/10
House
Letter supporting H.R. 569, Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009 (Committee on Judiciary)

12/8/09
House
Letter supporting H.R. 569, Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009 (Committee on Judiciary)

11/25/09
DOJ
Letter supporting prosecution in federal court for the five Guantanamo detainees

10/5/09
House & Senate
Letter supporting S. 417 and H.R. 984, state secrets legislation (Committee on Judiciary)

9/30/09
Senate
Letter supporting S. 417 and H.R. 984, state secrets legislation (Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts)

9/30/09
Senate
ABA Supports the Use of Electronic Signatures For Disclosure of Medical Records When Appropriate (SSA Commissioner Astrue)

7/21/09
Senate
Letter supporting provisions in S. 797, Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009

6/11/09
Senate
ABA Supports Full Funding of the Social Security Administration (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies)

6/11/09
House
ABA Supports Full Funding of the Social Security Administration (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies)

6/11/09
House
Letter supporting H.R. 569, the Equal Justices for our Military Act of 2009 (Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy)

6/2/09
House
Letter opposing H.R. 1508, the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009 (Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law)

5/6/09
Senate
Letter supporting for S. 417, the State Secrets Protection Act (Senator Patrick Leahy)

4/13/09
Senate
Letter opposing S. 537, the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009 (Committee on the Judiciary)

4/13/09
House
Letter opposing H.R. 1508, the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009 (Committee on the Judiciary)

2/23/09
House
Letter supporting reauthorization of tribal justice programs. (Committee on Natural Resources)

2/23/09
Senate
Letter supporting reauthorization of tribal justice programs. (Committee on Indian Affairs)

110th Congress

11/20/08
Senate
Letter supporting 2009 cost-of-living adjustment for judges

11/20/08
House & Senate
Letter supporting 2009 cost-of-living adjustment for judges (Congressional Leadership)

9/19/08
House
Letter supporting a floor vote on H.R. 3174, the Equal Justice for United States Military Personnel Act of 2007 (Leadership)

9/16/08
Senate
Letter supporting a floor vote on H.R. 3174, the Equal Justice for United States Military Personnel Act of 2007 (Leadership)

9/16/08
Senate
Letter supporting a floor vote on H.R. 3174, the Equal Justice for United States Military Personnel Act of 2007 (Senator Carl Levin)

4/18/08
JC of US
Comments on proposed revisions to the Code of Conduct for United States Judges(Judicial Conference of the United States)

4/11/08
House & Senate
Letter supporting an immediate pay increase for federal judges (Leadership)

4/2/08
Senate
Letter supporting S. 2533, the State Secrets Protection Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

2/13/08
Senate
Written statement on "Examining the State Secrets Privilege" (Committee on the Judiciary)

2/4/08
Senate
Letter supporting S.A.3910, an amendment reiterating FISA exclusivity (Committee on the Judiciary)

1/30/08
Senate
Letter supporting S. 1638, the Federal Judicial Salary Restoration Act of 2007 (Committees on the Judiciary)

1/29/08
House
Testimony on reform of the state secrets privilege (Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties)

11/14/07
Senate
Letter supporting an immediate pay increase for federal judges (Committees on the Judiciary)

11/2/07
Senate
Letter supporting an immediate pay increase for federal judges (Committees on the Judiciary)

11/1/07
House
Letter supporting an immediate pay increase for federal judges (Committees on the Judiciary)

10/15/07
JC of US
Comments regarding draft rules governing judicial conduct and disability proceedings (Judicial Conference of the United States)

4/19/07
House
Written statement in support of an immediate and substantial judicial pay raise (Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property)

109th Congress

12/8/06
House
Letter urging amendment to H.J. Res. 102 to assure judges receive a COLA commencing January 2007

12/8/06
Senate
Letter urging amendment to H.J. Res. 102 to assure judges receive a COLA commencing January 2007

9/27/06
House Senate
Letter regarding the urgent need for judicial redaction authority (Committees on the Judiciary)

9/27/06
House Senate
Letter regarding the urgent need for judicial redaction authority (Congressional Leadership)

9/20/06
Senate
Written statement opposing proposals to split the Ninth Judicial Circuit (Committee on the Judiciary)

9/20/06
House
Written statement on executive and judicial compensation in the federal government (Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce and Agency Organization)

7/18/06
House
Letter opposing H.R. 2389, the Pledge Protection Act of 2005

6/6/06
House
Letter opposing H.R. 2389, the Pledge Protection Act 2005 (Committee on the Judiciary)

3/23/06
Senate
Letter commenting on S.489, the Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

11/17/05
Senate
Letter regarding cameras in federal courts (Committee on the Judiciary)

11/9/05
House
Letter opposing the restructuring of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

11/8/05
House
Letter commenting on a proposed habeas corpus amendment to H.R. 1751, the Safe Access to Justice and Court Protection Act of 2005

10/26/05
Senate
Written statement on "Revisiting Proposals to Split the Ninth Circuit" (Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts)

10/25/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 1751, the Safe Access to Justice and Court Protection Act of 2005 (Committee on the Judiciary)

10/10/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 420, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

9/30/05
House
Letter opposing H. Res. 97 regarding foreign law and the federal courts (Committee on the Judiciary)

9/2/05
Senate
Letter supporting temporary relocation of federal district courts in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina

9/2/05
House
Letter supporting temporary relocation of federal district courts in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina

8/1/05
House
Letter commenting on the separation of powers (Committee on the Judiciary)