On April 9-11, 2019, hundreds of lawyers and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories met with their members of Congress, and with congressional staff. They were there for ABA Day in Washington—an annual event in which delegations talk to legislators about issues pertaining to the legal profession, access to justice, and the rule of law.
For the third year in a row, the possible elimination of Legal Services Corp.—via President Trump’s proposed budget—was in the news as the delegations prepared for ABA Day. Another issue that was at the forefront for many delegations was the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program; under the Trump administration, many lawyers and other professionals have had their applications denied, and there’s a current proposal to eliminate the program entirely.
Bar Leader recently spoke with members of two delegations, and with Holly Cook, director of the ABA Governmental Affairs Office, about their strategies and experiences during this year’s ABA Day event.