September 12, 2013

About Us

About Us

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education is 501(c)(3) charitable fund that support the public service and educational programs of the American Bar Association.

The Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law is a unique entity in that it is comprised of four At-Large members and representatives of 16 Association entities.  Both the At-Large members and the representatives of the ABA entities are deeply involved in the field of bioethics and are considered experts in the nexus of bioethics and the law.  The unique perspectives and expertise which entity representatives bring to the Special Committee help to assure a rich and thorough analysis of the many bioethics issues of importance and mutual interest.  The composition of the Committee also ensures that the Special Committee’s efforts do not reflect a particular subject matter perspective that may be attributed to various Sections.

The Special Committee continues its tradition of distinguished contributions to the Association.  Since it was established over ten years ago, the Committee has become increasingly active. It has sponsored and co-sponsored continuing legal education programs, produced informational publications, and provided a forum for discussion of various policy resolutions focusing on bioethics and the law.

The Special Committee is part of the ABA’s Division for Public Services, an ABA department dedicated to applying the knowledge and experience of the legal profession to promotion of the public good. To learn more about the Division and its other constituent entities, please visit Division for Public Services.

The Special Committee was created in 1991 to foster coordination, communication and partnerships among ABA entities working in the field of bioethics and the law. The Committee's primary aim is to serve as the focal point for Association activities related to bioethics. The Committee disseminates information on ABA bioethics programs and activities and related undertakings by outside bioethics organizations, serving as an ABA information clearinghouse on bioethics topics.

Chair: Nanette Elster

Board of Governors: Joseph Bluemel

Director: Elizabeth M. Yang

Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law