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Statement by ABA President Deborah Enix Ross

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Re: Civility in Government

The American Bar Association is concerned by the way the Tennessee state legislature has dealt with discussions about important issues presented to the body following the March 27 mass shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville that resulted in the deaths of three students, three adults and the alleged shooter. Click below to read full statement.

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Statement by ABA President Deborah Enix Ross

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Re: Killing of Tyre Nichols

The American Bar Association joins the nation in once again mourning a senseless loss of life as a result of inexcusable police actions. Tyre Nichols’ killing in Memphis is the latest in what has been a horrific number of attacks, injuries and deaths against people of color by some members of the very groups sworn to protect them. Click Below to Read Full Statement.

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Justice Reform

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ABA Bail Policy: Taking Steps to Achieve Reform

Resolution 112C, which urges jurisdictions to release defendants unless secured bond is necessary to ensure appearance in court, was adopted by the ABA House of Delegates in August 2017. Since then, the ABA continues to take a leading role in bail reform.