The Board applies the following nine criteria to determine whether an issue should be made a Priority: breadth and strength of ABA interest; importance to the practice of law; public perception of the profession; opportunity for impact; potential for achievement; timeliness of issue; expertise of lawyers on the issue; importance to society; and importance to the administration of justice.
The views of the leaders of the organized bar and the recommendations of the Governmental Affairs Office are also considered by the Board when establishing the annual Priorities. Current Priorities include:
- Access to Legal Services
- Criminal Justice System Improvements
- Election Integrity and Civic Education
- Elimination of Discrimination
- Immigration Reform
- Independence of the Judiciary
- Judicial Oversight of the Legal Profession
- International Rule of Law
- Legal Education
Please click on any of the above priorities to see their pages.