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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

As Howard Kenison prepared to chair the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources in August 2020, he put environmental justice at the top of his list of initiatives. In particular, Kenison planned to create a task force to review and possibly revise a 1993 resolution related to environmental justice.

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. In-person lobbying was the meat and potatoes of ABA advocacy for decades, but closing the halls of Congress to the public for more than two years elevated digital communications to the forefront.

‘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.

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.”

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