The Young Lawyers Division had a busy ABA Annual Meeting and a successful, first-of-its-kind virtual Assembly. Young lawyer delegates came together from across the country to speak with debate resolutions of importance for the legal profession, but also to speak with one voice in the end. The Division adopted 19 resolutions, of which 15 were House of Delegates (HOD) Resolutions. These 15 resolutions were among those that were ultimately adopted by the House during its session on August 3 and 4, 2020, and have officially become ABA policy.
Of particular interest to our affiliates are the following resolutions, which the YLD was instrumental and drafting and supporting, all of which were adopted:
- Resolution 100A urges all employers in the legal 1 profession to implement, maintain, and encourage the use of paid family leave policies for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child;
- Resolution 100B supports the interpretation that "race" includes characteristics associated with race, not just skin color, and also supports the adoption of the CROWN Act and similar legislation;
- Resolution 10D called for an extension of student loan forbearance during the pandemic, lessening the crushing debt load on young professionals; and
- Resolution 10G asks the highest court or bar admission authority in each state or other licensing jurisdiction to cancel or not administer in person the examination during the COVID-19 crisis unless cleared by public health authorities. The resolution offers several alternative approaches to the bar exam, including a diploma privilege during the crisis.
Before the dust had settled on the Annual Meeting, the Nevada Supreme Court cited Resolution 10G in order about the Nevada bar exam, and the ABA President sent a letter to all chief justices in the country pointing them to Resolution 10G.
We will next meet for Assembly in February 2021, but the Resolution Idea forms are due sooner, on October 15, 2020. Stay tuned for contact from a member of the Resolutions Team as we solicit resolutions ideas!