Policy Initiatives


The Cybersecurity Legal Task Force has authored the following policy initiatives.

Report and Resolution 118

Report and Resolution 118, Adopted at the Midyear Meeting in Austin February 2020

This Resolution urges the United States Congress to protect the security and integrity of U.S. federal elections by enacting legislation that authorizes and appropriates necessary funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Report and Resolution 108

Report and Resolution 108, Adopted at the Midyear Meeting in Miami February 2017

The Cybersecurity Legal Task Force authored a section within this report on the importance of cyber-preparedness and actions that should be taken to prevent a cyber-attack from occurring. See pages 6-7 of the report.  

Report and Resolution 116

Report and Resolution 116, Adopted at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago
August 2015

This resolution urges the federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal legislatures and government agencies to provide the funding necessary to develop, implement, and maintain appropriate cybersecurity programs for the courts and to train court personnel on methods to counter threats and protect judicial information systems from cyber intrusions or data breaches.

Report and Resolution 109

Report and Resolution 109, Adopted at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston
August 2014

This Resolution addresses cybersecurity issues that are critical to the national and economic security of the United States (U.S.).  It encourages private and public sector organizations to develop, implement, and maintain an appropriate cybersecurity program that complies with applicable ethical and legal obligations, and is tailored to the nature and scope of the organization, and the data and systems to be protected.

Report and Resolution 118

Report and Resolution 118, Adopted at the 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco
August 2013

This Resolution condemns intrusions into computer systems and networks utilized by lawyers and law firms and urges federal, state, and other governmental bodies to examine and amend existing laws to fight such intrusions.

Resolution 105A

House of Delegates: Resolution 105A, Adopted at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago
August 2012

The ABA House of Delegates amends the black letter and Comments to Model Rules 1.0, 1.6, and 4.4, and the Comments to Model Rules 1.1 and 1.4 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct dated August 2012.

Five Principles 

Cybersecurity Legal Task Force: Resolution and Report to the ABA Board of Governors
November 2012

The ABA's Board of Governors approved a policy in November comprised of five cybersecurity principles developed by the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.