March 28, 2017 Articles

American Bar Association House of Delegates Update: Spring 2017

The House recently tackled about 30 different resolutions, including some that will undoubtedly be of interest to healthcare litigators and young lawyers.

By Grant C. Killoran

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates meets at the ABA Midyear and Annual Meetings each year to consider various policy initiatives proposed by the various constituents of the ABA.

The House is the policy-making body for the ABA to which the ABA’s officers, sections, committees, and employees are responsible. In addition to formulating policy, the House elects ABA officers and members of the ABA Board of Governors.

The House represents not only various groups within the ABA but also the legal profession as a whole. Its membership of 589 is comprised of 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 again convened at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, on August 8–9, 2016. During two days of deliberations, the House tackled about 30 different resolutions, including those listed below that will undoubtedly be of interest to healthcare litigators and young lawyers.

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