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December 16, 2021

Statement of ABA President Reginald Turner Re: Florida Supreme Court opinion on CLE programming

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2021 — The American Bar Association appreciates the Florida Supreme Court’s consideration of comments from the American Bar Association and so many others concerning the ABA’s policies for Continuing Legal Education courses. While we are disappointed in today’s opinion, we continue to believe the ABA’s CLE practices do not constitute a quota system. The ABA remains deeply committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. We will review the impact of this decision and consider whether changes are necessary to continue to bring more diversity and inclusion to our CLE programming.

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