95 ABA Journal Report from Governmental Affairs articles.
U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders have assured advocates that additional reforms are on the way, but they have held off to first focus on oversight of FSA implementation.
Feb 1, 2020 12:20 AM CST
Racially motivated murders and crimes committed more than six decades ago during the civil rights era remain unsolved and unprosecuted. In most cases, victims and their families got no information, no justice and no closure. Ever wonder what happened? High school students in New Jersey did, and they did something about it, prompting government actions that may soon lead to the release of information about these cold cases.
Nov 1, 2019 12:50 AM CDT
Recent legislative developments in the nation’s campaign to end veteran homelessness is attributable in part to the persistent efforts of ABA members working in conjunction with the ABA’s Governmental Affairs Office.
Sep 1, 2019 12:30 AM CDT
The American Bar Association’s Governmental Affairs Office regularly coordinates with members of Congress on legislation of interest to the legal profession. But lawmakers want to hear from constituents rather than lobbyists when deciding how to vote.
Jul 1, 2019 1:05 AM CDT
Signatories to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works to Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled agree to adapt their domestic copyright laws to allow written works to be converted into accessible formats such as braille, large print or digital for personal use and noncommercial distribution. A total of 40 countries are party to the treaty, which also requires that the countries allow eligible people and libraries to export and import works between those countries.
Sep 1, 2018 1:20 AM CDT
More than 300 bar leaders from around the country traveled to Washington, D.C., this year to lobby on issues of critical importance for the legal profession. They focused on two programs that have been targeted for elimination by the Trump administration: the Legal Services Corp. and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Jun 1, 2018 12:45 AM CDT
The tax overhaul package signed into law in late December by President Donald Trump includes key provisions advocated by the ABA that benefit lawyers and law firms.
Mar 1, 2018 1:00 AM CST
Since the Second Chance Act was signed into law in 2008, more than 700 grants have provided employment training, education, housing and other support for over 137,000 former inmates transitioning back to community life after completing their sentences.
Feb 1, 2018 1:05 AM CST
Members of Congress came together in bipartisan agreement this fall to pass a law strongly supported by the ABA that would enhance the federal government’s response to elder abuse and financial exploitation of seniors.
Dec 1, 2017 12:30 AM CST
The American Bar Association urges governments to “prohibit a judicial officer from imposing a financial condition of release that results in the pretrial detention of a defendant solely due to the defendant’s inability to pay.”
Nov 1, 2017 12:25 AM CDT
The ABA is opposing federal legislation that it maintains would strip critical legal and other protections from unaccompanied immigrant children at the U.S. border and undermine the fairness and integrity of the nation’s immigration system.
Sep 1, 2017 1:10 AM CDT
Over 400 bar leaders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands converged on Capitol Hill for hundreds of face-to-face meetings with members of Congress during the 21st annual ABA Day in Washington, D.C., which was held April 25-27.
Jul 1, 2017 12:40 AM CDT
The ABA achieved some significant victories during the past year by advocating for revisions to key federal regulations that will protect the independence of the legal profession and preserve the…
Mar 1, 2017 1:05 AM CST
The ABA Governmental Affairs Office has been closely monitoring positions taken by President Donald J. Trump to determine their impact on issues of concern to the association.
Feb 1, 2017 12:40 AM CST
The “nuts and bolts” guide, which may be downloaded at no charge from the advocacy page on the ABA’s website offers tips for dealing with lobbying disclosure laws, political action committees and the nuances of lobbying at the federal and state levels.
Jan 1, 2017 12:40 AM CST