ABA Journal

Midyear Meeting

414 ABA Journal Midyear Meeting articles.

LGBTQ rights should be protected with ‘proactive policymaking,’ ABA entity leaders urge

Nearly a decade ago, one of Bobbi Bittkerā€™s three kids came out as transgender. While she and her family were supportive, she quickly understood other LGBTQ kids were rejected by their families or denied access to vital medical and legal resources. That deeply bothered Bittker, an attorney who has long been passionate about civil rights.

Warm Welcome: ABA leaders tout accomplishments and encourage outreach

Entrance exams like the LSAT remain an accreditation requirement after proposed change is voted down

A proposed revision to a law school accreditation standard that would remove an entrance exam requirement was rejected by the ABA House of Delegates on Feb. 6 at the organization’s midyear meeting in New Orleans.

A binding code of ethics for SCOTUS justices is needed to protect the court’s credibility, delegates say

The U.S. Supreme Court should adopt a binding code of ethics for its justices that is akin to the code of conduct the Judicial Conference of the United States adopted for other federal judges, the House of Delegates said after a spirited debate at the midyear meeting.

ABA urges removal of Confederate monuments from courthouse grounds

ABA endorses 10 principles to improve gender equality in the criminal legal profession

ABA resolves to ‘take a leadership role in opposing antisemitism’

Citing events like the 2017 riots in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol; and recent synagogue shootings in Pennsylvania and California, proponents of Resolution 514 asked the ABA to formally condemn antisemitism.

Supreme Court justices should follow binding code of ethics, ABA House says

The U.S. Supreme Court should adopt a binding code of ethics for its justices that is akin to the code of conduct the Judicial Conference of the United States adopted for other federal judges, the House of Delegates said after a spirited debate at the 2023 ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans on Monday.

Confederate symbols should be removed from courthouses, ABA House says

Confederate memorabilia “and other symbols of racial and ethnic bias” should be removed from facilities where court proceedings are held, according to a resolution passed Monday by the ABA House of Delegates.

ABA supports right to travel for abortion services and other medical care

All government entities should enact laws and regulations that protect the right of any individual to travel across state lines to access medical care, the House of Delegates said at the 2023 ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans on Monday.

Intersex children should be allowed informed consent on surgeries, ABA House says

Most intersex surgeries are performed on children under the age of 2, according to a report attached to a resolution adopted by the ABA House of Delegates. Some youth would like medical intervention, but others who had it experienced trauma as a result of the choices that were made for them, according to the report.

United Nations must adopt wildlife crime protocol to stop illegal trafficking, ABA House urges

The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a measure addressing the illegal taking and trade of wildlife.

Change is good ‘and will carry us into the future,’ says ABA president-elect nominee Bill Bay

While urging the ABA House of Delegates to recognize that change in the profession is necessary and a challenge, William R. Bay, the president-elect nominee, shared a story about his family.

Jack Rives touts cost-cutting progress in final House address as ABA executive director

In his final speech to the ABA House of Delegates, Jack Rives thanked the leaders of the association for the trust and confidence they placed in him for almost 13 years.

These 10 principles will advance gender equity in criminal legal profession, ABA House says

The House of Delegates addressed the deep-rooted differences between male and female attorneys in the criminal legal profession at the ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans on Monday.

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