Legislation & Lobbying

3134 ABA Journal Legislation & Lobbying articles.

Meet 14 ABA members who inspired us in 2020

Throughout the year, the ABA Journal profiles exceptional ABA members in its Members Who Inspire series. In 2020, we featured attorneys from across the country whose important and influential work includes using visual storytelling for legal advocacy, bringing attention to the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, and combating racial injustice and inequity.

Supreme Court rules for Muslim men seeking damages for alleged no-fly-list retaliation
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that federal officials can be liable for money damages in their individual capacities for violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
Afternoon Briefs: Suits accuse Facebook of ‘buy or bury’ approach; House bill makes PACER records free

State and FTC lawsuits accuse Facebook of stifling competition

Facebook is accused of stifling competition in two lawsuits filed Wednesday. One suit was filed by the Federal Trade Commission, and…

Artist sues law school to stop destruction of his Underground Railroad murals
Vermont-based artist Samuel Kerson has filed a lawsuit against the Vermont Law School to prevent destruction of his murals depicting the fight against slavery and the Underground Railroad in Vermont.
ABA president urges Congress to prevent COVID-19 eviction crisis
ABA President Patricia Lee Refo is calling on Congress to immediately pass a renewed moratorium on housing evictions and provide essential economic relief to rental property owners.
ABA joins with dozens of law schools to address issues in police practices

“The American Bar Association stands for equal justice and has long worked to eliminate bias in our justice system. We always must encourage innovative and proactive approaches that promote justice for all,” writes ABA President Patricia Lee Refo.

You can help determine the ABA’s goals for the 117th Congress

The legislative agenda for this past year has essentially been placed on hold, so there is a plethora of unfinished business confronting the soon-to-be-organized new Congress: criminal justice, immigration, election security, gun violence, infrastructure, appropriations, health care, national security and more.

Afternoon Briefs: Another Trump campaign loss in court; donor sues to get back $2.5M

Top Pennsylvania court tosses challenge to mail-in ballot law

Republican plaintiffs waited too long to file a lawsuit challenging a 2019 Pennsylvania law that allowed no-excuse mail-in voting, the Pennsylvania…

Ban on therapy to change sexual orientation in minors violates First Amendment, 11th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked two ordinances on First Amendment grounds in Florida that ban licensed therapists from providing “conversion therapy” to minors.
Barrett appears confident in her first oral arguments in the Supreme Court
Justice Amy Coney Barrett took part in her first oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in cases involving the Freedom of Information Act and the federal railroad retirement laws.
5th Circuit judge blasts abortion procedure as ‘barbaric’ in dissent
Judge Don Willett of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans has made clear his distaste for the most common second-trimester abortion procedure in a dissent filed last week.
SCOTUS order allows late counting of absentee ballots in Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. apparently joined with the high court's three liberal justices Monday in a Pennsylvania election dispute, creating a 4-4 split that allowed Pennsylvania to count absentee ballots received up to three days after Election Day.
Barrett tells of lessons learned from Scalia in confirmation hearing opening statement
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett told of the lessons she learned from Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she served as a law clerk, in an opening statement prepared for the first day of her confirmation hearing on Monday.
What if? Some presidential succession questions aren’t answered by 25th Amendment and federal law
President Donald Trump’s hospitalization Friday has led to speculation about what could happen in some unusual succession and election scenarios.
Racial disparities in maternal mortality are exacerbated by COVID-19

New concerns about maternal risks in pregnancy emerged as COVID-19 plowed its way across the country this year. Maternal mortality across the spectrum shows stunning increases in the United States. The number of deaths has risen while declining in almost every other nation.

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