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August 05, 2023

Guidelines for coverage of Merrick Garland and ABA House of Delegates

DENVER, Aug. 5, 2023 — The following are guidelines for coverage of the American Bar Association House of Delegates on Monday and Tuesday. The House will meet from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MDT Monday, Aug. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in the Mile High Rooms 1-3 at the Colorado Convention Center.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland will speak at the policymaking session on Aug. 7 at 9:30 a.m.

ABA credentials are required for admission to the House of Delegates meeting, and media is encouraged to register in advance by contacting Media Relations and Strategic Communications at [email protected] with proof of credentials. Access code for online registration will follow ABA approval.

Pre-registered media representatives may pick up their badges at main registration, located in the lobby of the convention center. To receive credentials on site, reporters must produce their official press identification to ABA Communications and Media Relations Division staff at the ballroom. Credential guidelines can be found online.

During the House of Delegates meeting, reporters, photographers and camera crews are not permitted on the floor or in the well of the House unless accompanied by a member of the ABA Communications and Media Relations Division staff. To request interviews, photos or to tape sessions with officers, speakers or House members, contact a member of the communications staff at the designated media tables. 

  • The ballroom will be accessible at 7:45 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. There will be a designated platform for broadcast media at the rear of the room. A mult box and power will be provided. 
  • The designated platform will be about 100 feet from the dais and speaker’s lectern. It is recommended that crews and photographers have equipment that will facilitate long shots of the dais and the delegates
  • There will be a seating area for reporters adjacent to the platform. Electrical power will be provided. 
  • Flash photography is prohibited in the well of the House.  
  • There will be adequate lighting for taping the dais and speaker’s lectern; however, auxiliary lighting and camera-mounted lights may be required to take audience cut-away shots.  

The policy recommendations to be considered by the House are available online and will be in the news media seating area in the House. 

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.