December 19, 2018

Governmental Initiatives

The ABA, through its Governmental Affairs Office, issues letters to government entities, such as Congress and federal agencies, concerning ABA policy.


ABA Supports the Marrakesh Treaty
As a supporter of the Marrakesh Treaty since its negotiation, the ABA recommends swift ratification to ensure greater access to published works by people with print disabilities. 

ABA Maintains Strong Support for Medicaid 
American Bar Association (ABA) expresses strong support for Medicaid during the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

ABA Supports SC Legislation H. 3538 Persons with Disabilities Right to Parent Act 
American Bar Association (ABA) expresses its support for H. 3538, the Persons with Disabilities Right to Parent Act.

ABA Supports Washington State Bar's Recommendation to Eliminate Mental Health Character and Fitness Questions
The American Bar Association (ABA) expresses its support for the Washington State Bar Association's suggested amendments to eliminate questions related to mental health history from Washington's character and fitness review of bar applicants.

ABA Responds to HR 2646

The ABA expresses its' opposition to portions of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015.

Sen. Tom Harkin introduces Community Integration Act
The ABA commends Senator Tom Harkin for introducing the Community Integration Act of 2014.

President Silkenat Shows Continued Support for CRPD Ratification
Read the full letter ABA President James R. Silkenat sent to the Sente Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Robert Menendez's statementfollowing the committee's approval of CRPD.

The ABA Opposes HR 3717 
ABA Opposes Parts of Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013. 

Additonal Support for CRPD

ABA shows continued support for ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in another letter to the US Senate.

Letter to Governor Brown in Support of AB 1005
ABA supports AB 1005, which adds persons with disabilities to the list of demographic data provided by judicial applicants, nominees, appointees, justices, and judges in California.

Seeking Demographic Data
ABA Supports Adding Disability To Demographic Data Provided by Applicants Seeking Judicial Office in California.

ABA Shows Support for CRPD
Letter to the Senate, seeking support for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

LSAT Equity
Letter to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., seeking support for the California Legislation AB 2122 regarding LSAT Equity for Students with Disabilities.

The GAO Supports CRPD
Read the ABA Letter Expressing Support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) addressed to US Senators John Kerry and Richard G. Lugar.

Law School Admissions Testing

ABA notifies members of Congress and the U.S. Attorney General about ABA resolution on ensuring accessibility on law school admissions tests, and offers its assistance.

Federal Judges with Disabilities
ABA urges White House to evaluate current vetting procedures to further ensure it fully includes individuals with disabilities who are seeking a federal judicial nomination and that there are no barriers or unintended bias.

ABA Advocates for P&As
Letter to House Committee on the Judiciary expresses opposition to bill that restricts ability of state Protection and Advocacy organizations.

Comments on Web Accessibility
The Commission submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Justice on the coverage of websites under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

ABA on the ADA
ABA brings disparate success rate of employers under the Americans with Disabilities Act Title I to the attention of the House Committee on Education and Labor.