ABA Announcements: Annual Meeting, Racial Equity in the Justice System, COVID-19 Resources, Virtual Programming for Law Students

2020 ABA Annual Meeting – Register Today!
Judges, NASA leaders, legal experts, former ambassadors, a police commissioner and a ski mountaineer ... What do they have in common?  They are all speaking at the ABA Virtual Annual Meeting, July 29-August 4.  These programs and conversations will be available via livestreaming or on-demand during the meeting.

Registration is free for members and $95 for nonmembers. Register today!

This year’s meeting will offer governance and business meetings, CLE Showcase programs, virtual networking opportunities, the General Assembly with the presentation of the ABA Medal, and the House of Delegates.  Please check back for the latest information by visiting the ABA’s Annual Meeting website.

ABA Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic
In response to the growing legal needs of Americans arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the American Bar Association has created a nationwide task force of volunteer lawyers and judges from across the legal profession. The task force will identify the legal needs arising from the pandemic, make recommendations to address those needs, and help mobilize volunteer lawyers and legal professionals to assist people who need help.

The task force includes experts in disaster response; health law; insurance; legal needs of families to protect basic human needs such as food, shelter, medical and employment benefits; criminal justice; domestic violence; civil rights; and social justice.

The website of the task force is intended to serve as a national source of information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the delivery of legal services.  It includes resources on remote service delivery, court access and rules changes, legal needs, public benefits programs, and pro bono mobilization.  The ABA appreciates receiving new information for inclusion on the site, preferably links to dynamic content that is updated regularly. Please contact Denise Dempsey at denise.dempsey@americanbar.org with submissions for consideration.

ABA CLE programming related to COVID-19 can be found here

Racial Equity in the Justice System
On June 15, the ABA launched the newRacial Equity in the Justice System web page—a central clearinghouse of ABA-related information and resources for attorneys, the legal profession and the public on a wealth of issues addressing bias, racism, and prejudice in the justice system and society.  Visit this website to find a curated collection of resources from across the Association, including webinars, articles, books, publications, periodicals, statements, standards, policies, reports, model rules, training tools, and more, all related to equity in the American Justice System. 

Virtual Law Student Programming
Due to recent circumstances with the COVID-19 outbreak, the ABA is adjusting the way in which it engages with law students through virtual programming.  There are several ways in which the ABA continues to design meaningful and relevant programming through the use of  virtual office hours, webinars, and virtual campus visits.  If you are interested in collaborating with the ABA on virtual programming for law students, please contact ABA Campus Relationship Development Manager, Marina LoCasto at marina.locasto@americanbar.org.