For the first time, an Opioid Summit was convened as a collaborative effort of ABA and non-ABA entities to address the opioid crisis permeating our country. Led and organized by the Senior Lawyers Division, the Summit entitled “Experienced Lawyers, American Families, and the Opioid Crisis” was held at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago on Friday, May 4, 2018.
The Summit brought together a multidisciplinary group of experts from a range of legal areas for a holistic approach to the opioid crisis. The Summit involved 30 people from ABA entities and non-ABA organizations, 5 nationally recognized speakers, 17 leaders of the Senior Lawyers Division, as well as 6 ABA staff members and 2 volunteer law students as recorders.
A final report of the Summit recommendations can be found below.
While the ABA in the past has adopted resolutions addressing attorney well-being, the Summit’s planners used the Opioid Summit’s report and recommendations to collaborate with other ABA entities to develop a policy resolution addressing the opioid crisis. It was filed by the Senior Lawyers Division on November 14, 2018. You can view the resolution here. The resolution (108) was adopted by the ABA House of Delegates during the ABA Midyear Meeting on January 28, 2019.