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In light of recent reports of the arrests, detentions, and interrogations of lawyers in China, the American Bar Association (ABA) at its Annual Meeting in Chicago this week highlighted the importance of supporting Chinese lawyers, maintaining progress on rule of law reform in China and continuing the ABA’s collaboration on that agenda.
ABA President William C. Hubbard highlights his accomplishments during his term in the areas of the criminal justice reform, future of legal services, domestic violence, immigration, and legacy of Magna Carta.
WASHINGTON, JULY 20, 2015 — The National Law Journal today published an op-ed based on the joint statement released last week by the president of the American Bar Association, William C. Hubbard, and the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Sherrilyn Ifill. The statement sets out a plan to take forceful action aimed at eliminating racial bias and inequity from our justice system, in the aftermath of Charleston.
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2015 — The American Bar Association commends Swaziland’s Supreme Court decision to release from prison human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and editor Bheki Makhubu, sentenced last year to two years in prison for publishing an article questioning the independence of the judiciary in Swaziland.
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 — American Bar Association President William C. Hubbard commended the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that the 14th Amendment grants same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry and would require states to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.
The American Bar Association welcomes today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that the 14th Amendment requires states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and to recognize legally valid same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 — American Bar Association President William C. Hubbard has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch urging the government to condemn any use of torture and ensure the international community that the United States is a leader in promoting human rights and the rule of law.
As the nation mourns the nine people who were gunned down in a Charleston, S.C., church, America — once again — grapples with how such a horrendous crime can happen.
CHICAGO, June 19, 2015 – A report released today by an American Bar Association presidential task force calls for enhanced law student debt counseling, wider collection and publication of law school financial data and innovation at law schools to lower costs for students while maintaining sound educational programs.