March 26, 2021 Columns

Chair’s Message

Erica Levine Powers

On Jan. 6, 2021, ABA President Patricia Lee Refo issued a powerful statement condemning the assault on the Capitol and calling on President Trump to “restore and protect the rule of law.” As Section Chair, I am proud of our ABA President and her statement. I also am proud of the many state and local government officials, who after the national election, carried out their duties consistent with the rule of law, including those under seemingly relentless pressure to abrogate the election results. The members of our Section are at the cutting edge of responsibility and carry out tasks that maintain democratic institutions — voting, education, land use, ethics, housing, transportation and infrastructure, the judiciary, civil rights and civil liberties.

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