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2022 ABA Annual Meeting attendees are coming back to Chicago

For the first time in more than two years, the ABA is bringing lawyers and other legal professionals together for an entirely in-person annual meeting.

ABA honors 5 female trailblazers with Margaret Brent awards

The Margaret Brent awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Sunday as part of the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The event was last in-person during the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco; the ceremonies were virtual in 2020 and 2021.

ABA amicus brief asks Supreme Court to uphold use of race-conscious admissions policies

The U.S. Supreme Court should uphold Grutter v. Bollinger, its decision from 2003 that allowed colleges and universities to use race as one factor in admissions decisions, the ABA said in an amicus brief filed Monday.

Attorneys advocate for cancer patients and their caregivers through longtime ABA project

“When you take on something like a law degree or a medical degree, there is an obligation to help someone other than yourself,” says Eunice Aikins-Afful, a clinical research project manager at BeiGene, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “We’re blessed to be able to do what we do, and then turn it around to someone who can’t do it for themselves. And it doesn’t have to be altruistic and fancy. It can simply just be answering a question.”

ABA urges Supreme Court to hear case of inmate convicted based on faulty DNA evidence

The ABA is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a Texas death row inmate who was convicted based on DNA evidence deemed to be “false, misleading and unreliable” by a state habeas court.

A Fresh Approach: ABA steps up efforts to advance environmental justice

Much has changed since the ABA turned its sights on environmental justice more than 25 years ago.

ABA Treasurer’s Report for Fiscal Year 2021

ABA Notices - August-September 2022

Optimizing Outreach: In-person lobbying is returning, but digital advocacy will remain

The pandemic forced organizations like the ABA to adopt new ways to connect with their elected officials and lobby for policy changes of interest to their professions.

‘ABA Profile of the Legal Profession’ report shines a light on judicial diversity

It’s been 94 years since Genevieve Rose Cline became the first female federal judge, and 77 years since President Harry Truman appointed the first Black federal judge, Irvin Charles Mollison. Decades later, judicial diversity remains an ongoing concern. And it is front and center of the ABA Profile of the Legal Profession 2022 report released Thursday.

Last 2 winners of ABA Journal Ross writing contest attended this workshop

The last two winners of the ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction had two things in common. Both were students at the Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tennessee. And both wrote their stories in a legal fiction workshop run by Kristi Arth, a legal writing professor at Belmont University.

Law students want more distance education classes, according to ABA findings

A recent survey of 1,394 students in their third year of law school found that 68.65% wanted the ability to earn more distance education credits than what their schools offered.

Washington Supreme Court justice shows ‘representation does matter’

G. Helen Whitener brings several different perspectives to her work as a state supreme court justice. She is the first Black woman and fourth immigrant-born justice to sit on the Washington Supreme Court. She is the first Black LGBT judge in the state of Washington. She also identifies as an individual with a disability.

Alabama’s redistricting plan violates the Voting Rights Act, ABA says in SCOTUS brief

In an amicus brief Monday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that the state of Alabama’s redistricting plan for its seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Breyer to head ABA ROLI board

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will become the next chair of the Rule of Law Initiative Board, the ABA announced Friday. ROLI’s current portfolio includes work in more than 50 countries.

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