2009 ABA Annual Meeting July 30 - August 1, 2009 Chicago, IL

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2009 Annual Assembly Recap
Resolutions YLD Assembly ABA House of Delegates

Debate Calendar

103 Adopts the ABA Model Act Governing the Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings, dated August 2009, which includes a mandate which requires that a lawyer be appointed for each child who is the subject of a petition in an abuse, neglect, dependency, termination of parental rights or post termination of parental rights proceedings.Failed Withdrawn
112Urges Congress to repeal 1 U.S.C. § 7, which denies federal marital benefits and protections to lawfully married same-sex spouses.Passed Adopted
113 Supports legislation, policies and practices that preserve the categorical approach used to determine the immigration consequences of past criminal convictions, under which the adjudicator relies on the criminal statute and the record of conviction rather than conducting a new factual inquiry into the basis for the conviction.Passed Adopted

Consent Calendar

100Concurs in the action of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in deleting from the Standards for Approval of Law Schools, Standard 104, Seek to Exceed Requirements, and Interpretation 104-1.Passed Adopted
102AUrges corporate counsel to work with the corporation and outside counsel to waive certain limited positional conflicts in areas related to mortgage, bankruptcy and consumer finance in order to reduce the number of pro bono matters declined by outside counsel due to conflicts, so long as the waivers are not inconsistent with applicable rules of professional conduct.Passed Adopted
102BUrges federal, state and local governments to address the unmet legal needs of low-income residents of communities affected by major disasters by action which includes providing additional emergency funding for not-for-profit legal services providers, bar associations and pro bono programs.Passed Adopted
107CUrges that, in considering whether to hold a United States patent unenforceable based upon an applicant’s alleged inequitable conduct arising from proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, information not be found to be material if it would not have been material under statutory and regulatory standards applicable during the prosecution of the application for the patent or its reexamination.Passed Adopted
108Amends the Model Rule on Conditional Admission to Practice Law, including the commentary, dated August 2009, which addresses the standard for conditional admission, notification of violations and terms of art within the language of the Model Rule.Passed Adopted
110Endorses the Responsibility to Protect doctrine set forth in the 2005 United Nations World Summit Outcome Document, under which states have a responsibility to protect their own and other populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity and also endorses the report, Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers, by the joint Genocide Prevention Task Force of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, et. al.Passed Adopted
111BSupports the enactment of legislation such as S. 714 (111th Congress) which would provide for a national study of the state of criminal justice in the United States to consider ways to reduce crime, lower incarceration rates, save taxpayer money, enhance the fairness and accuracy of criminal justice outcomes and increase public confidence in the administration of the criminal justice system.Passed Adopted
114Supports the use of commercial arbitration to resolve disputes involving international business transactions and supports federal or state legislation or regulations that recognize and aid in the enforcement of international commercial arbitration agreements and awards.Passed Adopted
115Adopts the Model Act Governing “Emergency Holding Periods for Disaster Animals”, dated August 2009, which can be used to establish guidelines for providing a safe harbor for shelters and greater certainty for owners concerning the time periods available to them to seek, find and recover their companion animals, and recommends adoption of the Model Act by state legislative bodies.Passed Withdrawn
118AEncourages the federal government, states and school districts to pass laws and implement policies that will secure the right of every child to a high-quality education and encourages attorneys and bar associations to help secure that right through improvements in state and federal law, representation of students, parents and organizations and community legal education.Passed Adopted
118CUrges the enactment and implementation of statutes and policies that support the right of youth who have left school to return to school to complete their education in high-quality, age appropriate programs.Passed Adopted

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