Midyear Meeting

339 ABA Journal Midyear Meeting articles.

5 champions of diversity and inclusion will receive Spirit of Excellence Award at 2020 midyear meeting
A Texas judge and four attorneys who have worked to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession will receive the 2020 Spirit of Excellence Award at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February.
ABA Board of Governors moves 2021 midyear meeting to Chicago
The ABA Board of Governors voted on Friday to move its 2021 Midyear Meeting from Orlando to Chicago, citing economic reasons.
Abortion law prompts more than 200 ABA members to protest plan to hold 2021 meeting in Atlanta

Updated: On Friday, the ABA Board of Governors will be discussing whether to move the 2021 ABA Midyear Meeting from Orlando, Florida, to Atlanta. In a letter sent on…

Equality Act would afford federal protections to LGBTQ+ individuals, ABA president says

ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, urging members to support the Equality Act of 2019, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of…

ABA develops guide for drafting laws to ban controversial conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors

An online and printed resource will help develop state statutes and tribal codes to ban a controversial practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

$150,000 grant will bolster ABA’s pro bono immigration work

The American Bar Association Board of Governors approved a one-time American Bar Endowment Opportunity Grant of $150,000 from the ABE to the Commission on Immigration. The money is expected to fund the hiring of a pro bono coordinator to manage new volunteers.

Proposed lactation-room legislation should cover all courthouses, ABA president urges
ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to the congressional sponsors of the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019, expressing the association's support for the legislation–with a caveat.
Inconsistent policies in military housing can lead to families losing their pets, ABA president tells Senate committee
ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, urging members to expand their inquiry into the condition of the military housing privatization initiative to also consider policies that may prevent military families from bringing their pets—or even service or emotional support animals—when transferred between duty stations.
Executive director unveils redesigned ABA logo, branding at Midyear Meeting

Executive Director Jack L. Rives presented delegates with the new logo design, which had been approved by the Board of Governors the day before. While the current ABA logo has been in use for more than 40 years, a new logo could assist the association in proving its value to both potential and current members, Rives said.

ABA House of Delegates rejects changes to bar passage standard for law schools

Language in Resolution 105 called for at least 75 percent of a law school’s graduates to pass a bar exam within two years of graduation. Under ABA rules, the House can send a potential revision—in this case for Standard 316—back to the council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar twice for review with or without recommendations, but the council has the final decision on matters related to law school accreditation.

ABA ‘will bend the moral arc towards justice,’ President Bob Carlson says

The ABA sets the gold standard for the American legal profession, ABA President Bob Carlson told the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas—and it will never stop championing due process and the rule of law.

ABA House OKs resolutions on criminal justice, LGBT rights, immigration issues

The policymaking body of the American Bar Association passed a slate of criminal justice resolutions, including ones on clarifying expungement procedures, tightening child abuse laws and ensuring female prisoners have access to toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

Proposed model rules for online legal document companies go back to the drawing board

A resolution adopting model rules for companies that offer legal documents online was withdrawn from the ABA House of Delegates after calls for clarification.

Model rules don’t always generate much…

Breed-neutral pet policies are needed for families in military housing, ABA House of Delegates says
After a spirited debate, the ABA House of Delegates on Monday voted to ask Congress and the Department of Defense to instruct the Armed Forces and its public-private venture housing contractors to implement breed-neutral pet policies for families living in military housing in the United States.
ABA House condemns government shutdown, opposes any diversion of disaster-relief funds
In two late resolutions, the ABA House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to condemn government shutdowns and oppose withholding or diversion of emergency relief funds.

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