Annual Meeting

599 ABA Journal Annual Meeting articles.

First all-virtual ABA Annual Meeting highlights accessibility

Just hours after the final bang of the gavel, Judy Perry Martinez answered the million-dollar question: How was the first all-virtual annual meeting in ABA history?

Calls for police reform and racial justice spur a flurry of resolutions before the ABA House
ABA will advocate to end unreasonable restraints, seclusion and searches of children

Leslie Margolis once represented a 7-year-old child in foster care who had been restrained more than 147 times by his school’s staff. Margolis shared the story with the House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting as it considered a trio of resolutions related to the well-being and rights of children and youth.

ABA leaders vow to fight effects of racism and COVID-19
SCLAID celebrates centennial by recognizing 2 young lawyers’ work to promote access to justice

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense is celebrating its 100th anniversary by also celebrating the contributions two young lawyers have made to advance access to justice in their communities.

Calls for police reform and racial justice spur a flurry of resolutions before the ABA House
The ABA House of Delegates responded forcefully to calls for police reform at this year's annual meeting, passing resolutions calling for a curtailing of the qualified immunity doctrine blocking civil lawsuits and for heightened oversight of law enforcement through a national use-of-force database.
States should postpone in-person bar exams during COVID-19 pandemic, ABA House says
A resolution urging state courts of last resort to defer in-person bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic and develop alternate plans to license candidates was adopted Tuesday by the ABA.
Incoming president-elect calls on lessons learned from Detroit riot in speech to House of Delegates
Reginald Turner has spent the past few months comparing the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, calls for police reform and resulting unrest to the anxiety he experienced during the 1967 Detroit riot, he told the House of Delegates on Tuesday.
Data on police deadly force should be tracked, ABA House urges
Amid the national debate on police brutality and racial injustice, the ABA House of Delegates adopted a resolution Monday calling for greater oversight of law enforcement, including more comprehensive data collection about deadly force incidents and excessive force complaints.
Children should be protected from unreasonable restraints, seclusion and searches, ABA House says
The well-being and rights of children and youth were addressed in three resolutions approved by the ABA House of Delegates at the annual meeting on Monday.
Legal community has a ‘special responsibility to fight injustice,’ ABA president says in final speech

“Let none of us say the job is too big or the problems of racism run too deep,” ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said in prerecorded remarks for the House of Delegates. “This is our torch to carry.”

Law schools should have flexibility in responding to ‘extraordinary circumstances,’ ABA House of Delegates says
Resolutions regarding distance-education programs, the adoption of emergency policies by law schools, teach-out plans and provisional program approval were approved this week by the American Bar Association's House of Delegates.
ABA to consider recommending in-person bar exams be postponed during COVID-19 pandemic
A resolution urging state courts of last resort to cancel in-person bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic, and develop alternate plans to license candidates, will be considered by the ABA House of Delegates assembly.
Father-daughter duo serves together in ABA leadership

“It has taken me a lifetime to get to the House of Delegates, and now I have to answer to my daughter, who is on the Board of Governors,” says Michael Posner of Michaela Posner. “It’s pretty unique.”

How the ABA has adjusted to the COVID-19 pandemic

The ABA launched its Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic on March 13 to address legal challenges facing Americans during the public health crisis and make recommendations on how to overcome those challenges.

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