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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.

Judge blocks no-contact orders against Christian law students who discussed opposition to same-sex marriage

A federal judge has ordered the University of Idaho to rescind no-contact orders against three Christian law students who expressed their views against same-sex marriage at an LGBTQ event and a meeting concerning ABA accreditation.

ABA project seeks more pro bono attorneys in wake of Supreme Court death penalty decision

The Death Penalty Representation Project offers varying opportunities for mid- to large-size firms, small firms and solo practitioners. Its staff is actively recruiting pro bono attorneys for about two dozen cases at any given time and will hire law students and undergraduate students for semester-long internships throughout the year.

Asylum-seeker reflects on ABA pro bono assistance in pursuing American dream

“Sixteen years ago, I came to America with nothing but hope and aspiration for a peaceful and prosperous life. ... As former President Barack Obama once said, my story is possible only in America.”

Retiring Supreme Court Justice Breyer will receive ABA Medal

“We could not find a more deserving recipient of our association’s highest honor, the ABA Medal,” ABA President Reginald Turner said. “Justice Breyer is a giant in the legal world who has dedicated nearly 50 years of his career to public service.”

ABA supports reproductive choice, opposes prosecution for having an abortion, ABA president says

ABA President Reginald Turner emphasized Friday that the American Bar Association “remains committed to doing all it can to support reproductive choice.”

Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade and the right to abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that there is no constitutional right to abortion in an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito—the same justice who wrote the opinion when it was leaked in draft form.

ABA supports several of the Biden administration’s proposed nursing home reforms

Nina Kohn, a professor at the Syracuse University College of Law, has long focused on the intersection of the law and the experiences of older adults, including those who need long-term care. In recent months, she has helped draw attention to three policies that closely align with nursing home reforms the Biden administration announced in February.

Minnesota lifer will attend online law school accredited by the ABA after variance granted

In what may be a first, Minnesota inmate Maureen Onyelobi will attend online classes this fall at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Lawyer population is up 6.6% in 10 years; percentage of Black lawyers remains the same, new ABA survey says

The total number of active lawyers in the United States has increased 6.6% since 2012, according to the 2022 National Lawyer Population Survey released by the ABA on Friday.

After repeat failures to meet bar pass standard, ABA gives Cooley Law School extension

Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School continues to not meet the 75% bar passage rate required under Standard 316, and the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recently gave the school an extension to come into compliance.

Congress should ‘take swift, evidence-informed action’ to stop gun violence, ABA president says

In the wake of recent mass shootings in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, ABA President Reginald Turner is urging Congress “to take swift, evidence-informed action to dramatically reduce the threat and devastating impacts of gun violence.”

Participants were pleased to be at the first in-person ABA Techshow in 2 years

This year’s Techshow, which took place March 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, wasn’t quite a return to normal. Nevertheless, for some vendors, setting up shop in the in-person exhibit hall again for the first time since the ABA Techshow 2020 gave them a chance to cement relationships that they have built online with customers.

As ABA president-elect nominee, Mary Smith says her North Star is member service

Mary Smith asks herself the same two questions any time she considers a new opportunity: “Am I the right person for this role?” and “Can I make a difference?” She didn’t join or become active in the ABA thinking she would one day be the association’s president. But she began to contemplate the possibility while serving as its secretary, a position she held from 2017-2020. “I believe the ABA really helps lawyers with their practice, and it helps with rule of law issues and promoting democracy and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, and I care about all of those things,” Smith says.

Meet This Year’s Nominees: ABA candidates highlight positive experiences, plans for year

Ahead of the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting in August, we asked incoming leadership candidates the same four questions: What positive experiences have you had with the ABA? What would you like to accomplish during your term? What is something not a lot of other ABA members know about you? And why would you encourage other lawyers and judges to join the association?

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