October 23, 2012

IRR News Report

Winter 2007

Midyear Meeting Includes Panel on Education and Drinan Award Reception

The 2007 Midyear Meeting to be held in Miami, Fla., will sponsor some exciting events. In addition to the winter Council Meeting, the Section will hold a panel discussion on the state of education in the U.S., present the Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service, and submit a report with recommendations to the ABA House of Delegates.

The Council will meet on Feb. 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Flamingo Room, in the Hyatt Regency in Miami. It will conclude its meeting on Feb. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Flamingo Room. All members are encouraged to attend.

The State of Education in the U.S.: K-12 panel will examine the state of elementary and secondary education in this country five years after the enactment of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and focus particularly on issues to be considered in the reauthorization of NCLB in 2007, such as: academic achievement and adequate yearly progress; annual testing and the goal that all children be proficient by 2014; teacher quality; and school improvement. Alternative performance measures such as national standards and the use of growth models, whereby a child's progress is measured as he or she moves through the system, also will be discussed. The program will take place on Friday, Feb. 9, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in Pearson I & II, 3rd floor in the Hyatt Regency.

The Section also will sponsor a reception in honor of former ABA President Sandy D’Alemberte, who will receive the 2007 Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service. The reception will be held on Feb. 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Brickell Room, Terrace Level, in the Hyatt Regency.

The ABA House of Delegates at this year’s Midyear Meeting will consider a Section sponsored report with recommendation to amend the Association’s Goal IX to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Currently, Goal IX reads, “To promote full and equal participation in the legal profession by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities”. As stated in the recommendations report, “studies sponsored by numerous state and local bar associations around the country have consistently demonstrated that, while progress is being made, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people within the profession exists. It is important for the ABA to take affirmative steps to promote full and equal participation for such persons within the profession, not only to further the ABA’s diversity commitment, but also because such persons still receive little statutory protection from discriminatory employment practices.”