Chair, 2018-2020

William R. Bay

An accomplished litigator with a career-long record of service to the local, state and national bar, Bill Bay is a St. Louis partner with Thompson Coburn LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm with offices across the United States. As the chair of the ABA House of Delegates, Bill serves in the second-highest office in the ABA and leads the organization’s policymaking body.

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Webinar: Preparing a Resolution with Report

Tips for Drafting, Submitting, and Revising Resolutions

The purpose of this webinar is to offer suggestions and give an introduction on tips for drafting, submitting and revising a Resolution with Report. Guest Speakers: Christina Plum and Jennifer Parent..

Annual Meeting

The House of Delegates will meet virtually on Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Registration for the meeting is required.

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2020 Delegate-at-Large and Vacancy Elections

The Constitution of the American Bar Association provides that there shall be eighteen Delegates-at-Large in the House of Delegates. Six Delegates-at-Large are elected at each Annual Meeting to serve three-year terms. All lawyer members who have registered for the Annual Meeting are entitled to vote for Delegates-at-Large Elections.

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Midyear Meeting

The House of Delegates met during the 2020 Midyear Meeting on Monday, February 17, 2020, at the JW Marriott Hotel, in Austin, Texas.

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E-book of Resolutions with Reports

Obtain copies of Report Books from a Midyear or Annual Meeting

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How an Idea Becomes ABA Policy

The House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the ABA. Any ABA member can bring a resolution or the supporting report to the House. So, if you have an idea for a new piece of legislation to improve our justice system or some other aspect of the law, bring it to the House of Delegates. Watch the video to learn more.

Policy and Planning Division

The Policy and Planning Division provides the highest quality service and information concerning policy and governance issues to the leadership, membership and staff of the Association and the general public. The Division staffs the Board of Governors, the House of Delegates and the Secretary of the Association.