ABA Journal

Midyear Meeting

372 ABA Journal Midyear Meeting articles.

California and North Carolina representation in ABA House of Delegates is being reviewed

In the aftermath of California’s and North Carolina’s mandatory state bars relinquishing their seats in the ABA’s House of Delegates, the House has formed a working group to study issues surrounding state bar participation in the policymaking body.

The 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting kicks off in Texas

The 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting opens in the Lone Star State this week, providing ABA members the opportunity to attend hundreds of legal programs and events; hear from recognized law experts; and meet with colleagues in their sections, divisions, committees and councils.

Meet the 2020 Spirit of Excellence Award honorees

The ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession presents the annual awards to lawyers who excel professionally; personify excellence at the national, state or local level; and demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the law.

5 champions of diversity and inclusion will receive Spirit of Excellence Award at 2020 midyear meeting

A Texas judge and four attorneys who have worked to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession will receive the 2020 Spirit of Excellence Award at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February.

ABA Board of Governors moves 2021 midyear meeting to Chicago

The ABA Board of Governors voted on Friday to move its 2021 Midyear Meeting from Orlando to Chicago, citing economic reasons.

Abortion law prompts more than 200 ABA members to protest plan to hold 2021 meeting in Atlanta

Updated: On Friday, the ABA Board of Governors will be discussing whether to move the 2021 ABA Midyear Meeting from Orlando, Florida, to Atlanta. In a letter sent on…

Equality Act would afford federal protections to LGBTQ+ individuals, ABA president says

ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, urging members to support the Equality Act of 2019, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of…

ABA develops guide for drafting laws to ban controversial conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors

An online and printed resource will help develop state statutes and tribal codes to ban a controversial practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

$150,000 grant will bolster ABA’s pro bono immigration work

The American Bar Association Board of Governors approved a one-time American Bar Endowment Opportunity Grant of $150,000 from the ABE to the Commission on Immigration. The money is expected to fund the hiring of a pro bono coordinator to manage new volunteers.

Proposed lactation-room legislation should cover all courthouses, ABA president urges

ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to the congressional sponsors of the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019, expressing the association's support for the legislation–with a caveat.

Inconsistent policies in military housing can lead to families losing their pets, ABA president tells Senate committee

ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, urging members to expand their inquiry into the condition of the military housing privatization initiative to also consider policies that may prevent military families from bringing their pets—or even service or emotional support animals—when transferred between duty stations.

Executive director unveils redesigned ABA logo, branding at Midyear Meeting

Executive Director Jack L. Rives presented delegates with the new logo design, which had been approved by the Board of Governors the day before. While the current ABA logo has been in use for more than 40 years, a new logo could assist the association in proving its value to both potential and current members, Rives said.

ABA House of Delegates rejects changes to bar passage standard for law schools

Language in Resolution 105 called for at least 75 percent of a law school’s graduates to pass a bar exam within two years of graduation. Under ABA rules, the House can send a potential revision—in this case for Standard 316—back to the council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar twice for review with or without recommendations, but the council has the final decision on matters related to law school accreditation.

ABA ‘will bend the moral arc towards justice,’ President Bob Carlson says

The ABA sets the gold standard for the American legal profession, ABA President Bob Carlson told the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas—and it will never stop championing due process and the rule of law.

ABA House OKs resolutions on criminal justice, LGBT rights, immigration issues

The policymaking body of the American Bar Association passed a slate of criminal justice resolutions, including ones on clarifying expungement procedures, tightening child abuse laws and ensuring female prisoners have access to toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

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