March 15, 2012

IRR News Report

Summer 2007

AIDS Committee Hold Town Meeting, Plans Anniversary Program

On April 11 and 12, 2007, in Washington, D.C., the ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee hosted a town hall meeting on AIDS, Color and Equality: Removing Barriers to HIV Prevention.  The April 11 session assembled at-risk youth to discuss HIV/AIDS and to share critical prevention information with them.  A DVD of the session will be available to all District public schools and viewable on the town hall Web page ( ). 

The April 12 session included lawyers, policymakers, public health experts, representatives of community-based organizations, local service providers and social workers discussing issues of injustice inherent in HIV’s disparate impact on communities of color and exploring how to address those issues more effectively.  A summary of the session and related discussion papers also are available on the town hall Web page.

To mark its 20 th anniversary, the Committee is planning a 2007 ABA Annual Meeting CLE program on Sex, Drugs and the Law: The ABA’s Response to HIV/AIDS, on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m., in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Cal.   Current and former Committee chairs will review the legal and policy issues present in the early years of HIV/AIDS, examine how they have evolved, explore new issues that have emerged, and explain the ABA’s responses to them.  The program also will honor the Committee's founders and early supporters, including former ABA President Robert MacCrate, former IRR Chair William L. Robinson, and Alexander Forger and Abby R. Rubenfeld.

For more information about these and other activities, visit the Committee’s Web site at or contact the AIDS Coordination Project at 202/662-1025.