Annual Meeting 2008

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With more than 1,500 programs ranging from the fallout of the economy on the legal profession to what the presidential candidates should be saying about judicial selection, the American Bar Association is expected to attract some 10,000 lawyers, legal professionals and family members to its 131st annual meeting this week in New York City.

The annual meeting, which kicks off today, will offer a little bit of something for every lawyer, from successful strategies to combat drug abuse in communities of color and bullying of minorities in the workplace to an examination of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The ABA’s policymaking House of Delegates will convene Monday, Aug. 11 and Tuesday, Aug. 12 to close the meeting. The 555-member House will consider policy recommendations and vote on resolutions affecting the association and the legal profession. Critical issues expected to come before the House of Delegates include policies that ensure military personnel access to the courts when they are victims of injurious governmental conduct, ways to improve the federal judicial nomination process and efforts that enhance bans on racial profiling. Attorney General Michael Mukasey also is expected to address the House.

In addition to the wide range of programming, this year’s annual meeting will introduce some eco-friendly initiatives. Noticeable changes will include recycling of plastic name badges, water stations in lieu of bottled water and the elimination of shuttle bus service to reduce the meeting’s carbon footprint.

Stay tuned to ABAJournal.com for daily coverage of this year’s annual meeting.

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