Policy

In an effort to provide lawyers with access to legal resources and services, the Standing Committee works closely with the ABA Governmental Affairs Office to coordinate advocacy and communication with members of Congress and their staff in support of funding for the Law Library of Congress.

ABA Midyear Meeting, 2018
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the Congress to approve appropriations to the Library of Congress necessary to enable the Law Library of Congress to adequately staff, maintain, modernize, and enhance its services, collections, facilities, digital projects, and outreach efforts.

ABA Midyear Meeting, 2011
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association supports efforts by the Law Library of Congress and the Library of Congress to create and continue programs that:

  1. Develop, maintain, and enhance the Law Library’s services, facilities, operations, and staff;
  2. Develop, maintain, and enhance the Law Library’s acquisition of materials and their preservation and care; and
  3. Utilize the best technologies and methods available to make the Law Library’s vast and growing collections accessible.

ABA Annual Meeting, 1993
Adoption of an amendment to the ABA Bylaws to change the name of the Standing Committee on the Facilities of the Law Library of Congress to the Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress: The Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress shall cooperate in maintaining and expanding the facilities of the Law Library of Congress.


ABA Midyear Meeting, 1993
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association supports the Library of Congress and its Law Library in their efforts to secure reasonable cost recovery for specialized services such as identification of foreign law sources and expedited document delivery, while also affirming the basic principle of free access to core library services for the public while providing adequate safeguards for copyrighted works and private sector competition; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association supports efforts to secure the level of appropriations necessary to enable the Library of Congress and its Law Library to maintain and enhance their many services to the nation and the legal community.

ABA Midyear Meeting, 1992
BE IT RESOLVED, That the Library of Congress continue to be arranged in two departments, a general library and a law library, and that any reorganization of the Library of Congress not change the status of the Law Library as a Department, or in fact or appearance alter the status, autonomy or function of the Law Library of the Library of Congress.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association encourages and supports the creation by an enactment of the United States Congress of a National Law Library as an independent, separate entity; that such National Law Library include the present Law Library of the Library of Congress; that the mission of the National Law Library be to serve Congress and the legal profession and to improve the nation’s access to legal information.

November, 1991
BE IT RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urge the Congress to approve continued adequate funding for the Law Library of the Library of Congress.

The Standing Committee works closely with the Legislative Counsel from the ABA Governmental Affairs Office to coordinate advocacy and communication with Members of Congress and their staff in support of funding for the Law Library of Congress in an effort to provide lawyers across the country and around the globe access to legal resources and services.

Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act

ABA Policy Resolution 102B
ABA Midyear Meeting, 2012
Requests approval of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act by the ABA House of Delegates. The Act was approved by the National Conference in 2011.