January 12, 2016 Articles

American Bar Association House of Delegates Update: Winter 2016

At the ABA Annual Meeting, the House considered a number of recommendations, including some that may be of interest to healthcare litigators and young lawyers.

By Grant Killoran

At the American Bar Association’s Midyear and Annual Meetings each year, the ABA House of Delegates meets to consider various policy initiatives proposed by the various constituents of the ABA. A number of these proposals come from the Section of Litigation and the Health Care Section.

The House is the policy-making body for the ABA to which its officers, Sections, committees, and employees are responsible. The House represents not only various groups within the ABA but also the legal profession as a whole. Its membership of 559 comprises delegates elected by ABA members in each state; delegates from every state bar association, the larger local bar associations, the sections and divisions, and other national organizations of the legal profession; and delegates elected by the members of the ABA registered at the ABA Annual Meeting. The U.S. Attorney General and the director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts also are members of the House by virtue of their offices. The House elects ABA officers and members of the ABA Board of Governors and formulates ABA policy.

The House again convened at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on August 3, 2015. The House considered a number of recommendations, including those discussed below, that may be of interest to health care litigators and young lawyers.

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