February 14, 2018

House of Delegates Resolutions

The ABA House of Delegates met February 5 at the 2018 Midyear Meeting in Vancouver to debate and vote on a wide range of policy issues.

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RES #

DESCRIPTION

STATUS

10A

Encourages law firms to develop initiatives to provide women lawyers with opportunities to gain trial and courtroom experience.

ADOPTED

100

Concurs with adopting amendments to Standard 106 of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.

ADOPTED

101A

Urges rules and legislation to establish an evidentiary privilege applicable only to clients of USPTO patent agents. (VIDEO of debate)

ADOPTED AS REVISED

101B

Supports certain efforts in Congress and courts to allow copyright infringement filing once a proper application for registration of a copyright has been delivered.

ADOPTED

102

Affects approval, reapproval, withdrawal or extension to several paralegal education programs.

ADOPTED

103A

Grants accreditation to the Privacy Law program of the International Association of Privacy Professionals certification program. (VIDEO of debate)

ADOPTED

103B

Grants reaccreditation to the Elder Law program of the National Elder Law Foundation.

ADOPTED

104

Urges Congress and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to strengthen protections for all individuals receiving benefits via the representative payee program.

ADOPTED

105

Urges consideration consider of recommendations set out in the report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.

ADOPTED

106

Urges re-authorization and funding for the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program of the Violence Against Women Act.

ADOPTED

107

Urges federal courts to adopt pro bono panels for civil litigants.

WITHDRAWN

108A

Urges laws and policies regarding the use of solitary confinement for detainees.

ADOPTED

108B

Urges rights and procedures for individuals to challenge forensic evidence used to obtain their conviction.

ADOPTED AS REVISED

108C

Urges limited use of mandatory minimum sentencing and prohibit its use to secure plea agreements. (VIDEO of debate)

ADOPTED AS REVISED

108D

Urges prohibition of discrimination against jurors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

ADOPTED

108E

Urges the Executive Branch to rescind its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. (VIDEO of debate)

ADOPTED AS REVISED

109

Urges enabling the Library of Congress to adequately staff, maintain, modernize, and enhance its services.

ADOPTED

110

Adopts the Model Provisions on Electronic Commerce for International Trade Agreements.

ADOPTED

111

Urges each death penalty jurisdiction not to execute or sentence to death anyone who was 21 years old or younger at the time of the offense.

ADOPTED

112A

Approves the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.

POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

112B

Approves the Uniform Directed Trust Act.

ADOPTED

112C

Approves the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act.

ADOPTED

112D

Approves the Uniform Parentage Act (2017).

ADOPTED

112E

Approves the Uniform Protected Series Act.

ADOPTED

112F

Approves the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act.

ADOPTED

113

Supports the development of systems to address legal needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

ADOPTED

114

Urges governments to provide legal counsel as a matter of right at public expense to low-income persons in all proceedings that may result in a loss of physical liberty.

ADOPTED

115A

Urges governments to adopt or preserve tax code provisions that allow alimony deduction for payors and treats alimony as taxable income to payees.

WITHDRAWN

115B

Adopts the ABA Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology dated February 2018.

WITHDRAWN

115C

Urges Congress to repeal Section 641 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

ADOPTED

116A

Supports an interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (VIDEO of debate)

ADOPTED

116B 

Urges Congress to enact legislation overruling Middlesex County Sewerage Auth. v. Nat’l Sea Clammers Ass’n.

ADOPTED

117

Urges courts to recognize that individuals in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

WITHDRAWN

300 Urges governments and stakeholders to work to reduce,  social determinants of health that drive the HIV/AIDS epidemic. ADOPTED
301 Endorses General Comment No. 21 on Children in Street Situations issued in June 2017 by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. ADOPTED
302 Urges employers in the legal profession to adopt and enforce policies that prohibit, prevent and redress harassment and retaliation based on sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation. (VIDEO of debate) ADOPTED AS REVISED