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Washington Letter May 2016


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Legislation & Lobbying

ABA Day draws hundreds of bar leaders to Capitol Hill for annual lobbying event

ABA Day in Washington, the association’s annual grassroots lobbying event coordinated by the Governmental Affairs Office, brought a record number of state and local bar leaders to the nation’s capital this year to meet with members of Congress on issues of importance to the legal profession. “It is your local voices that have the power to make your congressional delegations stop and listen,” ABA President Paulette Brown told the group.

Military & Veterans

ABA expresses concern about some proposed changes to UCMJ

ABA President Paulette Brown expressed concerns to Congress this month that some of the recommended reforms proposed for the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) could cause unintended consequences that should be considered as legislation is crafted to improve the code. Brown wrote May 5 to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees that the ABA commends the comprehensive approach taken by the Department of Defense when it appointed a Military Justice Review Group to analyze the UCMJ and make recommendations for reform.

Civil Rights & Constitution

“Miranda: more than words” is theme of 2016 Law Day

This year’s Law Day featured events around the country focused on this year’s theme, “Miranda: more than words,” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona, ‎384 U.S. 436 (1966), the landmark Supreme Court case establishing that, prior to custodial interrogation, police have an affirmative duty to warn detained criminal suspects of their right to remain silent and request to have counsel present.