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									OVERVIEW
of American Bar
Association Activities

             AUGUST 2010
OVERVIEW
of American Bar
Association Activities

             AUGUST 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS

 SECTIONS                                      2   FORUMS                                   14
 Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice    2   Affordable Housing and Community
 Antitrust Law                                 2      Development Law                       14
 Business Law                                  3   Air and Space Law                        14
 Criminal Justice                              3   Communications Law                       14
 Dispute Resolution                            4   Construction Industry                    14
 Environment, Energy and Resources             4   Entertainment and Sports Industries      15
 Family Law                                    5   Franchising                              15
 Health Law                                    5
 Individual Rights and Responsibilities        5
                                                   COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS,
 Intellectual Property Law                     6
                                                   AND OTHER ENTITIES                       16
 International Law                             6
                                                   Amicus Curiae Briefs                     16
 Labor and Employment Law                      7
                                                   Armed Forces Law                         16
 Law Practice Management                       7
                                                   Bioethics and the Law                    16
 Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar     7
                                                   Center for Professional Responsibility   17
 Litigation                                    8
                                                   Death Penalty Representation Project     17
 Public Contract Law                           8
                                                   Delivery of Legal Services               18
 Public Utility, Communications and
                                                   Domestic Violence                        18
     Transportation Law                        9
                                                   Election Law                             19
 Real Property, Probate and Trust Law          9
                                                   Environmental Law                        19
 Science & Technology Law                      9
                                                   Federal Judiciary                        20
 State and Local Government Law               10
                                                   Group and Prepaid Legal Services         20
 Taxation                                     10
                                                   Homelessness and Poverty                 20
 Tort Trial and Insurance Practice            10
                                                   Immigration                              21
                                                   Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts      21
 DIVISIONS                                    12   Justice Center                           22
 General Practice, Solo and Small Firm        12      „ Coalition for Justice               22
 Government and Public Sector                         „ Judicial Division                   22
   Lawyers Division                           12      „ Federal Judicial Improvements       22
 Law Student Division                         12      „ Judicial Independence               23
 Senior Lawyers Division                      13   Law and Aging                            23
 Young Lawyers Division                       13   Law and National Security                24
Lawyer Assistance Programs                24   OTHER ASSOCIATION-WIDE
Lawyer Referral and Information Service   24   PROJECTS                           32
Lawyers’ Professional Liability           25   ABA Publishing                     32
Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants         25   ABA Webstore                       32
Legal Assistance for Military Personnel   25   American Bar Endowment             33
Medical Professional Liability            26   Career Resource Center             33
Mental and Physical Disability Law        26   Continuing Legal Education         33
Paralegals                                26   Governmental Affairs Office        34
Pro Bono and Public Service               27   Legal Technology Resource Center   34
Public Education                          27
Racial and Ethnic Diversity               28
                                               WEB PAGE INDEX                     35
Rule of Law                               28
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity    29
Specialization                            30
Substance Abuse                           30
Women in the Profession                   30
        INTRODUCTION

Throughout its history, the American Bar Asso-    committees. Through these entities, the ABA
ciation has demonstrated an ability to antici-    studies a variety of issues and formulates
pate the needs of the legal profession and to     responses ranging from policy positions (which
develop a strong response to the problems of      must be approved by the House of Delegates)
a changing society. The ABA brings the re-        and clearinghouse efforts to demonstration
sources of a large national organization to the   projects and conferences. The members who
analysis of issues that are of concern to both    direct these endeavors and guide the work are
the profession and the public. Analysis is fol-   primarily, but not exclusively, lawyers who new
lowed by the development of effective policies.   programs and volunteer their time to the asso-
This work of analysis and policy development      ciation. While initiatives are constantly arising,
is carried out by the various entities of the     an overview of recent and current undertakings
Association, such as sections, divisions, com-    offers a representative profile of the work of
missions, task forces and standing and special    the association. „
                                                      SECTIONS, DIVISIONS
                                                      AND FORUMS

The Association’s current structure includes 22      than five years is automatically a member of
sections, six divisions, and six forums. Sections    this division. Senior Lawyers Division member-
range in size from about 2,300 members to            ship is open to all ABA members 55 years of
more than 70,000. They draw their membership         age and older or who have been admitted to the
from lawyers, judges, academicians and law stu-      bar for 25 years or more. The Government and
dents with common professional interests, and        Public Sector Lawyers Division’s mission is to
operate much like independent bar associations       serve the nation’s public lawyers. The General
with their own officers, dues, programs, publica-    Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division is the only
tions, and committees. They address profes-          ABA group exclusively dedicated to the needs
sional development, improvement of laws, and         of general practitioners, solo and small law firm
continuing education through the work of more        lawyers. There are six Forum Committees which
than 3,500 committees, and publications of out-      were created principally to educate members in a
standing quality. Collectively these entities pub-   specified field, within the purpose of the Associa-
lish numerous magazines, journals, newsletters       tion, and which are not otherwise served within
and new books each year, making the ABA one of       the Association. Each Forum is governed by a
the largest publishers of legal information in the   chair and Governing Committee members who
world. Sections also contribute to policy-making,    are elected by the membership. A Forum must
both in their subject areas and association-wide.    hold one or more educational programs per year,
Sections originate many of the recommendations       open to any member of the Association. Forums
that become the ABA’s policy positions, and act      do not have a representative in the House of
as checks and balances on recommendations of         Delegates or on the Board of Governors. „
other entities. On matters within their fields on
which no Association policy has been developed,
sections can speak directly on their own behalf
through “blanket authority” procedures. Divisions
also produce programs and publications but dif-
fer from sections in internal structure and mem-
bership. The Law Student Division is governed by
a Board of Governors and has an assembly con-
sisting of law school representatives and student
bar association representatives, which meets
only at the Annual Meeting. The Judicial Division
consists of judicial conferences, several with
their own delegates to the ABA House of Del-
egates, and a committee structure. The Young
Lawyers Division has a council representing
geographic districts, and an assembly consisting
of representatives of bar associations from each
state. Every ABA member younger than 36 years
of age or who has been admitted to the bar less
                     SECTIONS

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND REGULATORY                   Law compendium of the most important develop-
PRACTICE                                            ments for the previous year.
The Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory
Practice focuses on the full range of administra-   ANTITRUST LAW
tive law issues. The mission of the section is to   The Section of Antitrust Law is the leading fo-
promote the sound development of local, state       rum for ongoing analysis of policies and devel-
and federal administrative law, procedure and       opments affecting competition and consumer
practice; to promote regulatory reform through      protection law. Section publications include An-
advancing the principles and gains made under       titrust Law Journal and Antitrust Magazine, each
the Administrative Procedures Act. The section      published three times a year; and the Source,
also seeks improvements in the Act; in the oper-    the section’s online magazine, published six
ations and procedures of local, state and federal   times a year. The section’s website includes
administrative agencies; in governmental person-    the “Searchable Antitrust Library.” Every year,
nel procedures, selection and operations; in the    the section also sponsors more than 14 edu-
skills of lawyers engaged in administrative law     cational programs, including teleconferences
and regulatory practice, and to promote scholarly   and stand-alone meetings; and more than 70
research in the field of administrative law.        “brown bag” presentations.
    More than 40 section committees monitor and         The section is a frequent source of informa-
review agency actions, new legislation and case     tion for the government’s antitrust enforcement
law in areas such as rulemaking, adjudication and   agencies, particularly the Federal Trade Commis-
judicial review, as well as on more specific sub-   sion and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust
jects such as homeland security, transportation,    Division, and is often asked to testify or present
immigration, energy and environment, freedom of     positions on proposed antitrust enforcement leg-
information and the role of the ombudsman.          islation and procedures. In 2009-10 the section
    The section has completed a multi-year proj-    issued more than ten sets of comments to com-
ect to broaden U.S. understanding of administra-    petition law enforcement agencies and commis-
tive law in the European Union. The capstone        sions in several jurisdictions – including interna-
of the project is a Blackletter Statement of EU     tional jurisdictions. The Section also presented
Administrative Law. Additionally, the section has   testimony on behalf of the ABA in October, 2009
authored two a Reports to the President-Elect of    on H.R. 3596, The Health Insurance Industry
the United States that will provide the incumbent   enforcement Act of 2009.”
with an assessment as well as recommendations           y In the last year, the section published about
for improvement of federal government opera-               one dozen new titles, including the 2009
tions, as well as recommendations on improve-              Review of Antitrust Law Developments.
ments to the e-rulemaking process . The section         y The Annual Antitrust Spring Meeting brings
publishes the Administrative Law Review, which             together more than 2,000 government
has the largest circulation of any student-run             officials, antitrust lawyers, economists
law review in the United States; Administrative            and scholars from the U.S. and abroad for
& Regulatory Law News, a quarterly magazine;               programs on the latest in antitrust law and
and the annual Developments in Administrative              consumer protection.



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  y The section has developed a website for              y Within the ABA, the section is the focus
    practitioners in the area of consumer                  for lawyers involved in the law of commer-
    protection                                             cial transactions and commercial financial
  y A new curriculum has been developed for                services, and joins the Section of Litigation
    high school students that will give them a             in addressing business and corporate litiga-
    grounding in economics, consumer pro-                  tion and dispute resolution. The section
    tection and competition law so they can                also serves as the premier national forum
    be equipped to navigate our increasingly               on cyberspace law and is home to more
    complex world of laws and regulations. The             than 6,500 lawyers practicing as in-house
    curriculum was done in cooperation with                counsel.
    the ABA Public Education Division and has            y The section wrote and is responsible for
    the support of numerous educators around               amendments to the Model Business Cor-
    the country.                                           poration Act. It also leads the process of
  y The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship provides               continuous revision of the Uniform Com-
    opportunities for law students to work as              mercial Code. It covers the waterfront on
    paid fellows in the consumer protection de-            business organizations, including corpo-
    partments of state and territorial offices of          rate laws, corporate practice, corporate
    U.S. Attorneys General and with the Georgia            governance, corporate compliance, part-
    Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs. For             nerships, LLCs, and other unincorporated
    the summer of 2010. 20 fellowships were                business forms, and is leading the discus-
    awarded in 20 states.                                  sion regarding development of consensus
  y The Section has created a grant program                as to customary practice in third party
    for two years to support original empirical            legal opinions.
    economic research to explore relevant tops           y The section funds the Business Law Pro
    in domestic and/or foreign antitrust and               Bono Project through the ABA Center for
    consumer protection law and policy. The                Pro Bono. This project supports pro-bono
    goal is to develop a body of relevant data             bankruptcy, consumer, small business
    to guide academics, policymakers, lawmak-              and non-profit governance assistance at
    ers and practitioners considering issues in            over 250 sites around the country. It also
    antitrust and consumer protection law.                 provides numerous opportunities for young
                                                           lawyers, minority lawyers, and lawyers with
BUSINESS LAW                                               disabilities through fellowship, scholarship
Through the efforts of its 60,000 members and              and award programs.
68 substantive committees, the ABA Section of
Business Law has positioned itself as the domes-      CRIMINAL JUSTICE
tic and international expert resource on all sub-     With a diverse membership that includes pros-
stantive areas of corporate and transactional law.    ecutors, private and public defense lawyers, law
    y The section has a long history of involve-      professors, judges, justice system administra-
      ment with the development of securities         tors, and correctional and law enforcement per-
      regulatory policy, including all aspects of     sonnel, the Criminal Justice Section is well-suited
      federal and state securities regulation,        to shoulder primary responsibility for the asso-
      regulation of futures and derivative instru-    ciation on issues involving crime, criminal law,
      ments, and trust indentures and inden-          and the administration of criminal and juvenile
      ture trustees. The section’s resources          justice. It does this through initiating and promot-
      and state-of-the-art model documents for        ing ABA criminal justice policies, being a source
      negotiated acquisitions are well known and      of “cutting-edge” information on criminal justice
      widely used.                                    issues – especially White Collar Crime – and
    y All aspects of the law of financial institu-    providing educational opportunities for criminal
      tions, including banking law, credit union      justice practitioners.
      law, the law of investment services, and           The section is responsible for recommend-
      consumer finance law are addressed in the       ing revisions and additions to the prestigious
      substantive work of a number of commit-         ABA Criminal Justice Standards that have guided
      tees. The section’s committees on consum-       criminal justice practitioners for 40 years. The
      er and business bankruptcy address debtor       multi-volume set of standards contains ABA
      and creditor issues in both of these areas.     policy covering the gamut of the criminal process



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from pretrial release through appeal; specifying        – and vice versa. The Section’s fall Advanced
functions of prosecutors, defense counsel and           Mediation Institute, and winter Arbitration Train-
judges who oversee criminal cases; and address-         ing Institute, are highly regarded and typically sell
ing topical evidentiary issues.                         out. The Legal Educator’s Colloquium is a unique
    The section’s 34 committees are grouped in          forum for professors teaching dispute resolution
divisions on the following topics: equal justice;       and negotiation to share research and discuss
corrections and sentencing; specialized practice;       new developments in the field. The Section’s
professional development; communication, mem-           Court ADR Symposium offers court personnel
bership and services; and white collar crime. In        responsible for implementing and running court
addition to initiating policy in their subject areas,   ADR programs to learn and share from peers
the committees sponsor CLE programs for the             across the country.
bench and the bar. These include popular annual             The Section’s Representation in Mediation
programs on white collar crime and money laun-          Competition offers law students from around
dering, conferences on major issues confronting         the country the chance to compete and show off
the criminal justice system, and seminars focused       their advocacy skills. The Boskey Essay Competi-
on specialized areas of criminal justice practice.      tion is another opportunity for law students to be
    The section works with the ABA Governmental         engaged and gain recognition among peers and
Affairs Office to ensure that ABA criminal justice      in the ADR community.
policy is brought to the attention of Congress              The Section’s quarterly Dispute Resolution
and state legislatures. It also spearheads ABA          Magazine is the premier journal for the field.
amicus briefs in appropriate cases.                     Members are also kept up to date by the Sec-
    The section’s quarterly magazine, Criminal          tion’s monthly Just Resolutions electronic news-
Justice, and its printed newsletter include schol-      letter, as well as through a robust and ever-
arly articles and timely items as well as “practice     changing web site at www.abanet.org/dispute.
tips.” Up-to-the-minute news is conveyed in an
electronic newsletter. The section also sponsors        ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND RESOURCES
a book publication program.                             The section’s mission is to be the premier forum
                                                        for strategies and information for environmen-
DISPUTE RESOLUTION                                      tal, energy, and resource lawyers, advisors, and
Some 18,000 lawyers, neutrals, academics,               decision-makers. Its membership reflects a broad
judges and law students comprise the Section of         spectrum from both private and public sectors,
Dispute Resolution. The Section seeks to encour-        including law firms, major companies, govern-
age the development and broad use of dispute            ment, public interest and academia.
resolution processes.                                       By sponsoring and co-sponsoring live pro-
    Section projects include initiatives to educate     grams, teleconferences, and Web seminars, the
the public about mediation and other conflict           section disseminates information on hot topics
resolution processes; promoting the use of me-          and promotes professional networking. Substan-
diation in public policy areas including the resi-      tive information is also disseminated through the
dential mortgage foreclosure crisis; an electronic      section’s quarterly magazine, Natural Resources &
clearinghouse compiling all ethics opinions is-         Environment. The bimonthly newsletter, Trends, re-
sued by the states concerning mediation and me-         ports on current developments and section news.
diators; and promotion of dispute resolution as a           The section has a significant book publish-
profession internationally. In the area of arbitra-     ing program with titles including Global Climate
tion the Section continues to study the fairness,       Change and U.S. Law; The Law of Environmental
efficiencies, and pitfalls of the U.S. consumer         Justice: Theories and Procedures to Address
arbitration system. In commercial arbitration the       Disproportionate Risk, Second Edition; Toxic Tort
Section has supported a new set of protocols for        Litigation; Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy;
making arbitration faster and less expensive.           The Federal Information Manual; and Amend-
    Central to the Section’s mission is the deliv-      ing CERCLA: The Post-SARA Amendments to
ery of quality CLE programs. Our Spring Confer-         the Comprehensive Environmental Recovery,
ence draws 1,000 participants and offers over           Compensation, and Liability Act. In addition, the
100 programs. A key feature of the Section’s            section has developed a “Basic Practice Series”
programs is the ability for lawyers who represent       with titles that focus on either a specific statute
clients in mediation and arbitration to directly        or an area of interest including EPCRA, CERCLA,
interact and hear from mediators and arbitrators        RCRA and FERC.



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   Targeted information on specialized areas             other news of interest to family law practitioners.
within environment, energy and resources law is          In addition, the section publishes books that ad-
addressed by more than 40 substantive com-               dress all aspects of family law.
mittees, service groups and task forces. Com-
mittees prepare substantive newsletters for              HEALTH LAW
their membership which are posted online. Each           The Health Law Section’s primary focus is on the
committee also contributes to The Year in Review,        legal problems and interdependent relationships
an annual digest summarizing judicial decisions,         between providers and recipients of health care
new legislation and regulatory developments.             and the parties financially responsible.
Through the ABA Award for Excellence in Environ-             Members practice in all areas of law with
mental and Resources Stewardship, the section            a special interest in health care. The section
recognizes and honors the accomplishments                offers interest groups that focus on different
of a person, organization or group that has              substantive areas – hospital facility operations;
distinguished itself in the areas of sustainable         medical research, biotechnology and clinical ethi-
development and environmental and resources              cal issues; ehealth privacy and security, which
stewardship. In addition, the section cosponsors         encompasses health information privacy; health-
the ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement              care transactions, and health care technology
in Environmental Law and Policy with the ABA             dispute resolution; employee benefits provided
Standing Committee on Environmental Law.                 by hospitals, physicians and other health care
                                                         providers to their employees; health care fraud
FAMILY LAW                                               and compliance; health care litigation and risk
The Section of Family Law was organized in               management; managed care and insurance; pay-
1958 to improve the administration of justice in         ment and reimbursement; tax and accounting;
the field of family law. Today, family law is a fast-    and transactional and business health care and
growing, complex area of law with an interna-            public health law.
tional reach.                                                The section promotes professional networking
    The section has more than 10,000 members.            and disseminates information on cutting-edge
Members monitor well-known but rapidly chang-            topics by sponsoring and co-sponsoring live pro-
ing areas of law such as divorce, custody, adop-         grams, teleconferences and satellite seminars
tion, alimony and child support, which lead to a         on emerging issues in health care. The section’s
focus on related issues such as domestic vio-            highly regarded newsletter, The Health Lawyer,
lence, child sexual abuse, elder law, bankruptcy,        is published six times a year and covers topics
taxation, international law, and the special issues      ranging from Medicare reform to the effects of
of families in the military. Members are also con-       technology on health law to analyses of legisla-
cerned with emerging issues such as third-party          tion. The section also publishes a monthly eN-
parental rights, marital torts, relocation of the        ewsletter. The section sponsors a writing contest
custodial parent, and the complicated questions          for law students, has been active in government
of paternity, perinatal drug addiction, assisted         submissions (Stark, HIPAA, etc.) and is develop-
reproductive technologies, and same-sex unions.          ing a database of resources for lawyers working
Members explore cutting-edge approaches to the           with the health care needs of children. The sec-
practice of family law such as the use of uni-           tion works with the Centers for Disease Control
fied family courts, alternative dispute resolution       and Prevention to promote emergency prepared-
and collaborative law. The section sponsors an           ness for the private sector working in conjunction
annual weeklong Trial Advocacy Institute to train        with local health authorities through local work-
practitioners in the latest skills.                      shops and teleconferences.
    The section publishes two quarterlies: Family
Advocate, a magazine addressing current family           INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND
law topics; and Family Law Quarterly, a schol-           RESPONSIBILITIES
arly periodical offering legal analyses of timely        Created in 1966, the section is dedicated to
subjects. The section also publishes two monthly         providing leadership to the legal profession in
electronic newsletters: Family Law Case Update           protecting and advancing human rights, civil liber-
features recent case decisions while eNewslet-           ties and social justice.
ter features upcoming continuing legal education            In recent years, the section has focused
conferences and telephone seminars; announce-            on such fundamental constitutional concerns
ments of section events, books, and awards; and          as First Amendment free speech, the balance



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between individual rights and national security         and artistic works, scientific works, discoveries,
protections, and discrimination based on gender,        inventions, innovation, trade secrets, know-how
race, disability, and sexual orientation. In 2007       and unfair competition.
the section helped launch a student-led national            The section has been influential in securing
organization of law students with disabilities and      legislation such as the Patent Act of 1952, the
sponsored ABA policy that initiated the establish-      Copyright Act of 1976, and the Trademark Dilu-
ment of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orienta-           tion Act of 1995. In recent years, at the recom-
tion and Gender Identity. The section’s substan-        mendation of the section, the ABA has adopted
tive committees carry out much of its activity          resolutions calling for ending the diversion of
involving issues analysis and policy development.       user fees from the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Committees include Civil Rights and Equal Op-           Office, adoption by the United States of a first
portunity, Criminal Justice, Death Penalty, Elder       inventor- to-file system, clarification of the scope
Rights, Environmental Justice, First Amendment          of patentable subject matter, U.S. adherence to
Rights, Health Rights and Bioethics, International      the Madrid Protocol for International Registration
Human Rights, Privacy and Information Protec-           of Trademarks, and opposition to state exemp-
tion, National Security and Civil Liberties, Native     tion from liability for damages for private actions
American Concerns, Public Education, Public             brought under the U.S. patent, trademark and
Interest Law, Rights of Children, Rights of Per-        copyright laws. Recently the section has been
sons with Disabilities, Rights of Women, Sexual         actively working with Congress and others in the
Orientation and Gender Identity, and National           private sector to reform the U.S. patent laws
Security and Civil Liberties.                           and to make recommendations to Congress on
    In 2001 the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium            upcoming copyright-related bills and proposals.
Implementation Project was established within
the section to encourage bar involvement in             INTERNATIONAL LAW
moratoriums state by state. In 2008 the project         The ABA Section of International Law, with a
completed a comprehensive study of state death          diverse membership of more than 23,000, has
penalty systems across the United States.               long been the home of leading experts in inter-
    Since 1987 the section’s AIDS Coordination          national law, and it serves as the network for
Project has carried out the work of the ABA AIDS        those who practice in international settings. The
Coordination Committee to serve as the core of          section is the leader in advocacy for international
the ABA’s response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In         legal policy and the rule of law.
2008 the project launched the HIV Legal Check-up            Since the section’s first overseas project in
Initiative that provides diagnostic tools for lawyers   1986, assistance has been delivered to countries
to identify and address the legal needs of people       in every region of the world. The section’s Inter-
living with HIV/AIDS. The section also houses           national Legal Exchange Program, which seeks
the ABA Center for Human Rights, a coordinating         to promote a worldwide exchange of ideas and
entity responsible for developing collaborative hu-     programs, is integral to the section’s promotion
man rights projects among other ABA partners.           of the ABA’s Goal VIII. By organizing an annual
                                                        briefing trip for legal professionals to one or more
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW                               foreign countries, the section fosters awareness
The oldest substantive membership group within          of the role of law and lawyers in other countries
the ABA, and the largest intellectual property          and ensures the strengthening of ties across
organization in the world, since 1894 the Sec-          the global legal community. In 2008, the ILEX
tion of Intellectual Property Law has advanced          program visited China, Korea and Japan; in 2007
the development and improvement of intellectual         Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In 2009 the pro-
property laws and their fair and just administra-       gram is scheduling visits in India. In addition, for
tion. The section keeps its members and the bar         foreign lawyers with offers to receive legal training
at the forefront of policy developments about           in the United States, ILEX certifies their eligibility
trademark, copyright and patent law issues that         to receive the J-1 exchange program visa.
may have profound effect on commerce, law and               In December 1999, the ABA-UNDP Internation-
society. It shares expert knowledge, balanced           al Legal Resource Center was established based
insight and reasoned commentary through advo-           upon the common commitment of the ABA Sec-
cacy and the work of more than 60 committees            tion of International Law and the United Nations
focusing on a full IP spectrum including patents,       Development Programme to support and promote
trademarks, copyright, industrial design, literary      good governance and the rule of law around



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the world. The ILRC provides a legal resource          and finance. Practical information is available
capability and service to UNDP global governance       to members on issues including attracting
projects supporting legal reform and democratic        clients, retaining quality staff, keeping partners
institution building. The ILRC has worked with         happy, implementing technology, paying bills,
more than 80 UNDP country and regional offices         and collecting fees. The section helps members
to provide recommendation of experts and legal         prepare for the future, cope with an environment
research assistance. Volunteers have contributed       of new rules and constant change, and improve
thousands of hours to projects through in-country      their quality of life to better serve their clients.
assignments, expert reviews of draft legislation,      As one of the largest publishers within the ABA,
and other means for providing legal information.       Law Practice Management has more than 80 ti-
   The section produces a quarterly journal,           tles in print covering such topics as setting fees
The International Lawyer, a quarterly newsletter,      and alternative billing methods; legal technology
International Law News, and other publications on      for lawyers; choosing, planning and managing a
both the practice of international law and policy      career in law; personal and practice marketing
issues related to public international law.            techniques; maintaining a solo practice; client
                                                       development and management; and balancing
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW                               life and career.
The Section of Labor and Employment Law is the             In addition, the section publishes Law Practice
legal profession’s most knowledgeable and influ-       Magazine six times each year, and a monthly
ential voice on matters involving labor-manage-        webzine, Law Practice Today, containing special
ment and employment relationships. Through its         interest columns about new products, technology
18 substantive committees, the section provides        advances, cultural changes in the legal environ-
a forum for lawyers and other professionals to         ment, and practice management trends.
engage in substantive programming, exchange                The section sponsors more than 100 edu-
ideas, learn from each other, and test their           cational programs annually, including monthly
perspectives in an environment of civility, mutual     CLE teleconferences, and ABA TECHSHOW®,
respect and collegiality. Section members include      the world’s largest legal technology conference
leaders in this field of law, representing diverse     and expo. ABA TECHSHOW® features more than
viewpoints. Policymakers look upon the section         100 exhibitors, product showcase sessions for
as a valuable source of balanced information and       the latest advances in technology and training
perspective on the expanding roster of labor and       institutions on a variety of topics, more than 50
employment topics. Section work is driven by the       educational sessions, and information about
conviction to promote justice, human welfare,          the continuing transformation of law practice
workplace harmony, diversity, and recognition of       through technology. Other conferences include
the importance of the rule of law in labor and         a Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference
employment matters.                                    and a Women Lawyers Mid-Career Conference,
    The Section of Labor and Employment Law is         sponsored by the section’s ABA Women Rain-
a leading provider of continuing legal education       makers, providing programs, publications and
programming and has authored a large selection         other resources focused on business develop-
of treatises and supplements for this field of         ment, networking, and practice success for
practice. Section members have the opportunity         women lawyers.
to participate in the drafting and editing of these
publications, many of which are recognized as          LEGAL EDUCATION AND ADMISSIONS
the pre-eminent legal reference tools in labor         TO THE BAR
and employment law, and to be recognized for           The Section of Legal Education and Admissions
their contributions in the publications. Section       to the Bar, created in 1893, was the first ABA
members also can participate in presenting sub-        section. Its mission is to be a creative national
stantive training to federal court law clerks and      force in providing leadership and services to
government agency staff.                               those responsible for, and those who benefit
                                                       from, a sound program of legal education and
LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SECTION                        bar admissions, and to provide a fair, effective
The ABA LPM section focuses on the business            and efficient accrediting system for American law
of practicing law and offers significant resources     schools. The section’s Council and Accreditation
in the four core areas of law practice manage-         Committee are recognized by the U.S. Depart-
ment— marketing, management, technology                ment of Education as the national accrediting



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agency for programs leading to the first profes-        justice, children’s rights, diversity in the profes-
sional degree in law. In this function, the council     sion, human rights, mentoring and development
and the section are independent of the ABA, as          of new lawyers and the “vanishing trial.”
required by DOE regulations. All state supreme              Litigation provides tools and resources to
courts recognize ABA-approved law schools as            assist lawyers to be better litigators as they
meeting the legal education requirements to             serve their clients. Among the Section’s key CLE
qualify for the bar examination.                        resources are the Sound Advice Audio Library
    To achieve its goals of improving the quality       and Litigation podcasts, now available on the
of legal education, character and fitness assess-       website and iTunes. The book publishing arm is
ments, and bar admission standards, the section         active, with more than 60 titles; the Section also
works closely with the Association of American          publishes two highly respected and award-win-
Law Schools, the Law School Admission Council,          ning magazines – Litigation and Litigation News -
the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the           as well as numerous newsletters on substantive
Conference of Chief Justices, the American Asso-        issues facing litigators.
ciation of Law Libraries, the National Association          The Section annually recognizes a commit-
for Law Placement, the Access Group, and other          ment to diversity with its Diversity Leadership
organizations interested in legal education.            Award, acknowledges contributions of lawyers
    Published annually, the ABA Standards and           through pro bono and public service with the
Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools,         John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Profes-
sets forth the Standards and their Interpretations      sionalism, and annually honors and recognizes
that a law school must meet to obtain or retain         individuals who have made special contributions
ABA approval. The Official Guide to ABA-Approved        in the area of human rights in a foreign jurisdic-
Law Schools, produced jointly with LSAC, pres-          tion with the International Human Rights Award.
ents comprehensive information about the ABA-               Through the Section, members are afforded
approved law schools. Other section publications        opportunities for growth, learning and networking
include the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admis-           through its professional communities. Its activi-
sion Requirements, published in conjunction             ties reflect and support the commitment of its
with the National Conference of Bar Examiners;          members to a strong, diverse and vibrant profes-
Syllabus, a newsletter published electronically         sion, a fair and accessible justice system, and
four times a year, and the Annual Report of the         the continuing obligation to achieve both through
Consultant on Legal Education, which provides an        a wide range of pro bono activities.
overview of the section’s activities and accom-
plishments for the previous year.                       PUBLIC CONTRACT LAW
    The section sponsors conferences for the            The Section of Public Contract Law seeks to
legal education community including workshops           improve public procurement and grant law at the
for deans, new deans, and associate deans; a            federal, state and local levels, and to promote
law school development conference, a facilities         the professional development of lawyer and as-
and technology conference, and a bar exam pas-          sociate members in public procurement law.
sage conference.                                            The section offers substantive committees
                                                        and educational and training programs that
LITIGATION                                              encourage member involvement, foster opportu-
The ABA Section of Litigation, the largest section,     nities for members, and recognizes the diverse
represents about 68,000 lawyers, judges and             needs, talents and interests of its member-
others involved in all aspects of litigation and        ship. The section uses its expertise to identify
the dispute resolution process. It is the national      developments in procurement legislation and
voice for litigators and is the preeminent orga-        regulations by objectively and fairly evaluating
nization for trial lawyers, providing information       such developments; communicating the sec-
through its programs, publications, website and         tion’s evaluations, critiques and concerns to
special programs and projects.                          policy makers and government officials; and
    The section has long been a leader in advocat-      sharing those communications with members
ing for improvements in the justice system, with        and the public. Composed of practitioners from
dedicated study and programming on issues such          industry, government, academia and the private
as rule of law in times of disaster, e-discovery, the   bar, the section provides a unique forum for the
jury system, perceptions of the profession, the         exchange of views. It strives to achieve balanced
right to counsel in civil litigation and access to      positions on the issues it addresses and to



8 OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
maintain a balance in its council representation      newsletter. The section sponsors CLE programs
and within committees.                                on topics ranging from antitrust to deregulation
    In July 2000 the ABA approved the Revised         to basic primers on telecommunications.
Model Procurement Code, developed by the sec-
tion in co-sponsorship with the Section of State      REAL PROPERTY, TRUST AND ESTATE LAW
and Local Government Law. The original 1979           This section, one of the oldest and largest in the
Code was adopted by approximately 15 states           ABA, consists of two divisions, the Real Property
and dozens of local jurisdictions across the          Division and the Trust and Estate Division.
country. The Revised Code adds features and               The Real Property Division focuses on legal
flexibility needed to meet the changing demands       aspects of the ownership, use, development,
of infrastructure development. In recent years,       transfer, regulation, financing, taxation and dispo-
the section has produced a series of Procure-         sition of real estate.
ment Principles, approved by the ABA, that have           The Trust and Estate Division is concerned
guided the section’s comments on legislation          with the ownership, disposition and taxation of
and numerous proposed regulations at the fed-         estates of decedents, people under disability and
eral and state levels.                                missing persons; the methods, procedures and
    Section programs and publications cover a         problems relating to the creation, administration,
wide spectrum of topics and issues, including         accounting, modification, reformation, revocation
procurement reform; subcontracting, teaming and       and termination of trusts and their distribution;
other forms of business alliance; international       the drafting of wills and trusts; estate and legal
procurement; cost and pricing; financing; socio-      and financial planning, including income, gift, es-
economic issues; health care contracting; claims,     tate, inheritance and generation-skipping tax plan-
remedies and dispute resolution in general; fraud,    ning for estates, trusts and individuals, both pre-
waste and abuse; contract award disputes; “con-       and post-death; employee benefits; life insurance;
tracting out” for services historically performed     probate and trust litigation; charitable giving and
by government employees; special ethical issues       charitable institutions; creditors’ rights; and plan-
raised when doing business with the government;       ning and probate problems of special groups.
contracting under federal grants; and state and           The section’s publications include the quar-
local government procurements. Of particular          terly Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal,
interest to the section are acquisition reforms       which contains scholarly articles on real property
currently being generated and future reforms an-      and trust and estate topics, and other areas of
ticipated as a result of the new administration.      the law pertaining to its members’ interests; and
                                                      the bimonthly Probate & Property magazine pro-
PUBLIC UTILITY, COMMUNICATIONS AND                    viding practical, how-to-do-it articles and notes on
TRANSPORTATION LAW                                    current developments. The section has recently
Established in 1917, the section’s original char-     released a new bimonthly electronic publication,
ter focused on intensely regulated industries and     the RPTE eReport. The section has a single-title
businesses. With the advent of deregulation in        book program, offering more than 60 titles on all
the transportation, communications and utility in-    aspects of real property, probate and trust law
dustries, the focus has shifted to how the current    and estate planning.
climate affects regulatory policy and business.           The section sponsors educational programs
    The section examines common issues through        and seminars, including the section’s spring CLE
20 substantive committees that deal with electric     meeting, a two-day conference at which develop-
power companies, aviation, gas, oil pipelines,        ments in the field are presented.
railroads, communications, cable television,
and utilities. Issues that cut across the various     SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW
industries under the section’s purview, such as       The Section of Science & Technology Law helps
antitrust, corporate governance, infrastructure       to define the legal frontiers of scientific discov-
security and corporate finance, are explored by       ery and technological innovation and shape
the practice areas. The section’s membership          related law and policy. Members with diverse
reflects a broad spectrum from both private and       backgrounds in areas such as computer law,
public sectors, including law firms, major com-       communications law, engineering, physics, biol-
panies and government. The section publishes          ogy and medicine work through three substan-
a comprehensive annual report and semi-annual         tive divisions and 27 committees to explore
substantive reports in addition to a quarterly        topics such as cleantech and climate change,



                                                     OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES 9
e-discovery and digital evidence, privacy and the     proposed tax legislation and regulations, and
Internet, scientific misconduct, the legal implica-   provides technical comment and analysis to tax
tions of the human genome, homeland security,         policy makers. In its analysis of specific tax pro-
biotechnology and the law, telecommunications         posals, the section’s goal is to ensure that they
law, nanotechnology, open source licensing of         are equitable, easily understood and enforceable,
software and scientific evidence.                     with the ultimate goal of a fair, efficient and work-
    The section publishes two quarterly periodi-      able tax system. The section does not involve
cals: The SciTech Lawyer, a magazine with practi-     itself in the political aspects of tax policy, such
cal timely articles, and the substantive journal      as using tax incentives to stimulate the economy
Jurimetrics. The section recently introduced a        or shifting tax burdens among income classes,
quarterly electronic newsletter, SciTech E-Merging    but uses the expertise of section members to
News, which features the most up-to-date prac-        provide policy makers with technical information
tice perspectives, industry news and updates on       and analysis.
section activities and opportunities. Additionally,       The section provides high-quality continuing le-
the section presents the newest research and          gal education through its committees, which put
work of its special committees in monographs          together programs on topical issues for quarterly
such as The Scientific Evidence Review Series         meetings, monthly teleconferences and in peri-
and quarterly publications such as Biotech Brief-     odic seminars throughout the year. The section’s
ing. The section also publishes, through its book     committee projects address a wide variety of
program, books on topics such as virtual law,         issues, ranging from corporate and partnership
cybercrime, e-discovery, science for lawyers and      taxes, to individual income taxes, international
information security.                                 taxation, ethics concerns and many others.
    The section also sponsors the National Confer-    Among recent section comments are those on
ence of Lawyers and Scientists. This conference       changes in the estate and gift tax, funding for
group is composed of members from the Ameri-          Low Income Taxpayer Clinics, and the tax compli-
can Association for the Advancement of overview       ance of pension plans.
Science and the section. NCLS is involved in a            The section also carries out a number of
variety of activities surrounding the complex rela-   special projects meant to assist taxpayers,
tionships between law, science and society.           particularly those in underserved communities
                                                      and those with financial need. It regularly trains
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW                        members on issues that may arise when assist-
The section serves as a collegial forum for mem-      ing low-income taxpayers, encourages participa-
bers, the profession and the public, in providing     tion in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance centers
leadership and educational resources on state         and in U.S. Tax Court Calendar Calls, , and
and local government law and policy. The State        awards two-year Public Service Fellowships to
and Local Law News newsletter, ENewsletter            recent law school graduates who pledge to work
and special publications are available to section     in tax-related public service. Finally, the section’s
members. The newsletter relates member, com-          consumer Web site, http://www.taxtips4u.org,
mittee and section activities. The E-Newsletter       includes important tax information and updates
is a 60-second update on what’s happening in          for taxpayers.
state and local government law. The Urban Law-
yer, a scholarly journal published quarterly, keeps   TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE
members informed on developments in the field         The only professional group in the country uniting
through articles, comments on recent cases and        plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate coun-
statutes and book reviews. The section’s com-         sel to advance the civil justice system, the Tort
mittees provide a forum for exchange of ideas         Trial & Insurance Practice Section is one of the
and knowledge, offering a vehicle for state and       most wide-ranging sections in the ABA. TIPS has
local government lawyers to work together on          32 general committees that focus on substantive
issues of mutual concern.                             and procedural matters in areas including health
                                                      and disability law, fidelity and surety law, medical
TAXATION                                              malpractice, transportation law and others. Mem-
The section provides leadership and education         bers can also acquire skills in practice methods
in the complex, ever-changing world of tax law.       in a number of committees ranging from appel-
Through its more than 40 substantive com-             late advocacy to trial techniques to alternate
mittees, the section examines and evaluates           dispute resolution.



10 OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
    TIPS provides its more than 30,000 members               the year. National and regional programs cover
with three quarterly publications. The Brief, the            topics such as class action litigation, corporate
section’s magazine, reports on new issues and                governance, aviation litigation, trial techniques,
trends, and includes a “Practice TIPS” section               animal law, insurance coverage and automobile
offering practical articles by legal experts on prac-        law. TIPS is the only section that sponsors a
tice methods. Tort Trial and Insurance Law Journal           National Trial Academy, an intense program held
contains in-depth articles about new legal develop-          annually, where students receiving training from
ments. It is the most widely recognized law review           some of the top plaintiff and defense lawyers in
in the field. A quarterly publication, TortSource, the       the country.
section’s newsletter, highlights current tort trial and          The section has been at the forefront of many
insurance issues and includes technology updates,            policy issues considered by the ABA, including as-
practice tips, young lawyer information and a host           bestos, contingent fees in medical liability litiga-
of unique columns. E-TIPS News, an electronic                tion, product liability, federal involvement in insur-
newsletter, is sent monthly to section members               ance regulation modernization, health courts and
and highlights many of the most current section              disaster insurance. The section is also involved
activities. TIPS also publishes books and conducts           in a number of public service projects and has
teleconferences on a wide range of topics.                   introduced a “leadership academy” that focuses
    More than 50 in-depth continuing legal educa-            on diversity and the development of leadership in
tion programs are conducted by TIPS throughout               our communities and in the legal profession. „




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                     DIVISIONS

GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO AND SMALL                       magazine, The Public Lawyer, provides the
FIRM DIVISION                                          latest information on complex issues such as
The General Practice, Solo and Small firm Divi-        government attorney–client privilege, the hiring
sion (GPSolo) is the only ABA entity working           of private outside counsel, politically-motivated
exclusively for solo and small firm practitioners.     dismissals and restrictions on pro bono work.
To succeed and stay competitive as a solo, small           Created to provide benefits and services for
firm or general practitioner, GPSolo provides          military lawyers, the Military Lawyers Conference
timely programs, publications and resources that       publishes Reveille, offering the latest military law
deliver information in everything from law prac-       news. The division presents three annual awards
tice management to such substantive legal spe-         to an exceptional public law office and to out-
cialties as business law, litigation, real property,   standing public lawyers, providing an opportunity
estate planning and family law. GPSolo offers          to recognize the extraordinary achievements of
outstanding Continuing Legal Education (CLE)           public lawyers and to help the public gain a better
programs and teleconferences.                          understanding and appreciation of their vital work.
    The Division meets four times a year: Divi-            In addition to its Web-based Public Lawyer
sion Fall Meeting/National Solo and Small Firm         Career Center, the division presents public lawyer
Conference in October: ABA Midyear Meeting in          career panel programs at law schools across the
February: Division Spring Meeting in May; and          country, providing information about various pub-
ABA Annual Meeting in August. GPSolo provides          lic sector jobs, practical advice about securing
additional information through special-interest        positions and general job-hunting tips. The divi-
listservs such as SoloSez, useful electronic           sion’s pro bono Web page features a step-by-step
newsletters, practical books loaded with how-to        guide to creating a government office pro bono
information and sample forms for easy use and          program, sample policies and relevant articles.
online legal resources.
                                                       LAW STUDENT DIVISION
GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SECTOR                           With more than 50,000 members, the Law Stu-
LAWYERS DIVISION                                       dent Division is the largest professional student
The mission of the Government and Public Sector        organization in the country. The division repre-
Lawyers Division is to deliver relevant, practical     sents law students and their interests and helps
information and programs of specific interest          shape the policies and priorities that affect legal
to public lawyers The members-only Public Law          education. The division offers leadership training,
Office Management page offers resources on             public service opportunities, educational pro-
improving communication with clients, obtaining        gramming and competitions.
grants for office programs, supervising employ-           One of the benefits of membership is the
ees and mentoring programs.                            opportunity to participate in one or more of its
    The division’s quarterly newsletter, Pass It On,   four nationally recognized competitions: arbitra-
reports on division activity and carries pieces        tion, client counseling, national appellate ad-
on topics such as transitioning to private prac-       vocacy and negotiation. The competitions help
tice, determining who is the government law-           students develop legal writing and reasoning
yer’s client and tips on litigation. The division’s    skills, encourage creative approaches to legal



12 OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
problems, assist students in recognizing ethical           summarizes articles of interest to elder law prac-
and legal issues that confront lawyers and their           titioners and provides links to relevant national
clients, and foster legal professionalism. More            and local news stories. The newsletter Voice of
than 3,600 ABA law student and lawyer members              Experience covers the business of the division
participate in the competitions each year.                 and promotes member benefits such as travel
    The division publishes the award-winning Stu-          and leisure programs and continuing legal educa-
dent Lawyer, the only national magazine published          tion. The newsletter also features short articles
exclusively for law students. Along with feature           with useful tips for practicing senior lawyers
articles on novel and controversial legal issues,          and elder law attorneys on topics such as elder
Student Lawyer provides helpful columns on                 abuse, joint tenancy questions, guardianship,
financial assistance, effective writing, and transi-       and revocable trusts, among others.
tioning from law student to lawyer. Additionally, the
division publishes a career series that includes           YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION
updated editions of Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers;          The Young Lawyers Division is the home for
The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Law-           young lawyers. Composed of more than 150,000
yer; and How to Start and Build a Law Practice.            members and 300 affiliated young lawyer groups,
    The division is also committed to public inter-        the division is committed to providing the profes-
est work designed to benefit the community and             sion with the young lawyer voice, ensuring that it
enhance the image of the profession. The divi-             reflects the society it serves, and providing young
sion encourages and assists law schools in their           lawyers with the tools and opportunities for pro-
public service programming efforts by providing            fessional and personal success.
program ideas and offering financial assistance                The division helps young lawyers navigate
for new programs. “Work-A-Day,” a nationwide               the profession and ABA with tools like the New
public service project, encourages all law schools         Lawyer Roadmap. The YLD also produces con-
to donate one Saturday each year during which              tent in various formats. These include The Young
students volunteer in the community. Through its           Lawyer, a members-only newsletter focused on
grant program, the division provides seed money            quality-of-life and practice area issues; 101 Prac-
and programming support to law school orga-                tice Series: Breaking Down the Basics book and
nizations that develop public service projects,            Web site, featuring new lawyer insights; YLDirect,
diversity, ethics, and professionalism program-            a bi-monthly teleconference series allowing
ming, preferably in conjunction with state and             participants to ask questions of related experts;
local bar associations. Through such partner-              and the e-Affiliate, a regular electronic publica-
ships, students begin relationships and become             tion articulating the news and activities of young
familiar with many organizations in which they will        lawyer groups from around the world.
be active upon admission to the bar.                           The YLD adjusts its featured public service
                                                           project annually and continues to maintain the
SENIOR LAWYERS DIVISION                                    ABA’s Disaster Legal Services Program. Through
The Senior Lawyers Division addresses both the             the DLS program, the division and the Federal
interests of lawyers who have been admitted to             Emergency Management Agency provide immedi-
the bar for at least 25 years and lawyers of any           ate and temporary legal assistance to disaster
age who are engaged in the practice of elder law.          victims at no charge.
The division is an excellent resource for lawyers              YLD membership is automatic for ABA mem-
interested in the growing field of “elder law.” Small      bers under the age of 36 or admitted to their first
firm practitioners looking to expand their practices       United States bar within the last five years. The
can benefit from developing expertise in this area,        division’s Web site is www.abanet.org/yld. „
not only to attract older clients who require assis-
tance, but also to reach adult children of parents
who need assistance with advance health direc-
tives and contracts for assisted living or long term
care facilities, among many other issues.
    The division publishes Experience magazine
that features a wide variety of topics including
financial planning, second careers and practice
management, historical articles and memoirs. A
monthly electronic publication, Elder Law ENews,



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                          FORUMS

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY                      of up-to-date, carefully researched professional
DEVELOPMENT LAW                                       commentary on current issues in aviation and
This forum deals with legal problems relating to      space law. The forum now provides the newslet-
affordable housing and community development,         ter on-line to members.
including housing finance (bond financing, equity
syndications, financial institutions and govern-      COMMUNICATIONS LAW
ment assistance), tax credits, public housing,        The Forum on Communications Law, created in
nonprofit organizations, housing of the homeless      1979, is governed by a 13-member governing
and elderly, state and local land use and zoning,     committee. The forum focuses on all aspects
fair housing and tenant rights, and economic          of communications law, including newspapers,
development. It holds two or more conferences         broadcasting (radio and television), cable, maga-
each year and publishes a quarterly journal. It is    zine and book publishing, common carrier (includ-
managed by a 14-member governing committee.           ing satellite and other new technology) and the
Opportunities for specialty projects and network-     Internet. It holds two or more conferences a year,
ing are provided by 5 practice committees.            and publishes The Communications Lawyer, a
                                                      quarterly newsletter, and the Journal of Interna-
AIR AND SPACE LAW                                     tional Media and Entertainment Law.
The Forum on Air and Space Law, with a mem-
bership of about 1,500 members, focuses on            CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
the legal, regulatory, and policy issues that arise   The Forum on the Construction Industry is the
in the air transportation and commercial space        largest organization of construction lawyers in
industries. Forum membership is primarily com-        the United States and abroad. Its more than
posed of aviation and space lawyers from both         6,000 members are drawn from all areas of
the public and private sectors. They represent        practice: large law firms, small firms, solo prac-
government agencies, including the Department         titioners, government lawyers and corporate in-
of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Adminis-      house counsel. It publishes an annual member-
tration and the National Aeronautics and Space        ship directory; a newsletter, Under Construction,
Administration, as well as airlines, aerospace        three times a year; and a quarterly journal, The
manufacturers and service providers, travel           Construction Lawyer.
distribution companies, travel agencies, tour             The forum has 12 divisions: Dispute Avoid-
operators, airports, the financial and insurance      ance and Resolution; Contract Documents;
communities, and business and general aviation        Design; Project Delivery Systems; Contract Nego-
interests. The forum holds a one-day legislative      tiations; Performance & Administration; Employ-
and regulatory Update Conference each year in         ment Law & Labor Relations; Insurance; Surety &
the spring. The high quality of these gatherings,     Liens; International Contracting; Specialty Trade
with their educational programs and workshops,        Contractors & Suppliers; Legislation & Environ-
is widely acknowledged by practitioners.              ment; Corporate Counsel; and Owners & Lenders.
    Rather than a conventional newsletter, the            The forum holds three national educational
forum publishes a substantive law journal, The        programs each year—Annual, Midwinter and Fall.
Air and Space Lawyer, a uniquely valuable source      The forum’s Annual Meeting is held in April or



14 OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
May each year and is moved around the coun-            fields, and to foster excellence in the practice of
try to encourage membership attendance. It is          law in these fields. The forum is governed by a
typically a two-day meeting with a substantive         seven-member governing committee. Because of
educational program, including plenary sessions,       the diverse subjects covered by the forum, the
workshops, division breakfasts and “Construc-          governing committee created the following divi-
tion Cues,” short programs on cutting edge             sions for members: Interactive Media and New
construction law topics. The forum’s Midwinter         Technologies; Literary Publishing; Litigation; Mer-
Program has historically met for one day in Janu-      chandising and Licensing: Motion Pictures, Televi-
ary of each year in New York or San Francisco          sion, Cable, and Radio; Music and Personal Ap-
in conjunction with the TIPS Fidelity and Surety       pearance; Sports, Theater and Performing Arts:
Law Committee. The forum’s Fall Program is held        and Visual Arts. The forum publishers a quarterly
in October each year and is typically a one-and-       newsletter, The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer.
a-half-day program including plenary sessions          Its annual meeting is held in October.
and a few division meetings. The forum holds a
regional program each November simultaneously          FRANCHISING
in five or more cities and presents four telecon-      The Forum on Franchising provides high quality
ferences throughout the year.                          educational programs and publications on the
    The forum is committed to the ABA’s Goal IX,       legal aspects of franchising. The forum holds an
and the Governing Committee has taken steps to         annual conference each October that is attended
diversify forum membership and governance, in-         by more than 800 franchise law lawyers across
cluding outreach efforts to minority and women’s       the country. The forum publishes a quarterly
bar association and to state and local bar asso-       journal and newsletter, a member directory and
ciations, and has awarded three-year fellowships       a series of monographs, including The Corpo-
to deserving women and minority construction           rate Compliance Manual, International Franchise
lawyers as an additional means of outreach.            Sales Laws and Fundamentals of Franchising. The
                                                       forum has three divisions which include Corporate
ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS                               Counsel, Litigation and Dispute Resolution and
INDUSTRIES                                             International Franchise Distribution. The forum is
The forum’s mission is to educate lawyers in           committed to increasing the pathways to leader-
the legal principles and transactional aspects of      ship for young lawyers and diverse members.
entertainment and sports law; to provide a plat-       All forum members, including the chair, must be
form for the discussion of issues affecting these      members of the association and one section. „




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    COMMITTEES,
COMMISSIONS AND
  OTHER ENTITIES

 Committees and commissions are created by               ARMED FORCES LAW
 resolution of the House of Delegates defining           The Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law
 their powers and duties.                                studies and makes recommendations on the ad-
     Standing committees, with continuing assign-        ministration of laws, regulations and practices in
 ments, are created within the association’s bylaws.     the armed forces and the court-martial system;
 A standing committee’s members are appointed            the protection of the legal rights and constitu-
 by the president and serve three-year terms.            tional guarantees of the personnel in the armed
     Special committees, commissions, task               forces; and the ability of lawyers and judges in
 forces, coordinating groups and other entities          the armed forces to practice in conformity with
 investigate and study immediate or non-recurring        all applicable ABA standards. In addition to its
 matters relating to the purposes or business of         unique role within the ABA of conducting ongo-
 the Association. Unless continued by the House          ing studies and recommendations on military
 of Delegates, these groups terminate upon the           substantive law and practice, the committee also
 adjournment of the first Annual Meeting after           fills a broad role of bringing the association, and
 their creation.                                         its goals and objectives, to the military legal com-
     A special committee consists of at least five as-   munity through its outreach efforts.
 sociation members unless the resolution creating             The committee addresses its substantive
 it provides for a different number. Each member is      agenda at four meetings per year. The spring and
 appointed for a term of one association year.           fall meetings are at military bases, which allow
     The number of members of a commission is            the committee to reach out to younger military
 designated by the resolution creating it. A major-      practitioners. The meetings in conjunction with
 ity of the members, including the chair, must be        the ABA Midyear and Annual meetings allow the
 members of the association.                             committee to meet with and receive the views
     Space precludes describing the activities of        of the senior attorney leadership with the five
 every group. Following is a sample of some of           armed forces’ and within the Department of De-
 them to indicate the wide range of association          fense. The committee most recently considered
 activities.                                             issues such as sexual harassment and assault
                                                         cases in the armed forces, the armed forces’
 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEFS                                    response to media in high profile cases, military
 This standing committee recommends whether              commissions, law student debt and its deleteri-
 the ABA should file an amicus brief in a particu-       ous effect on retention of career judge advo-
 lar case, and certifies to the Board of Governors       cates, and appellate advocacy training for JAGs.
 that a proposed brief is of high professional qual-
 ity and a fair representation of the policy position    BIOETHICS AND THE LAW
 of the association. Information on association          This special committee, composed of repre-
 policies with respect to filing briefs, and briefs      sentatives from 16 association entities with
 filed in the name of the American Bar Associa-          an interest in bioethics and the law and four
 tion dating back to 1998 can be accessed from           at-large members who are experts in the field,
 the association’s Web site at http://www.abanet.        fosters communication, coordination and part-
 org/amicus/.                                            nerships within the ABA. It provides a forum for



 16 OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
discussion, a focal point for inquiries from both               on Professional Conduct, a comprehensive
ABA entities and outside organizations, and                     multi-volume reference and notification
dissemination of information on key association                 service on legal ethics and professional
contacts, programs and activities. The group                    responsibility law.
publishes the ABA Bioethics Bulletin, an annual               y Resources, technical assistance and
directory of ABA groups addressing bioethics                    on-site consultation services to state
issues, and a guide to bioethics programs at ABA                and federal courts, bar associations and
annual meetings.                                                regulatory agencies engaged in implement-
                                                                ing and interpreting ABA policies on lawyer
CENTER FOR PROFESSIONAL                                         and judicial regulation, client protection,
RESPONSIBILITY                                                  professionalism and professional responsi-
The Center for Professional Responsibility                      bility law.
provides national leadership in developing and                y Development of the annual National Con-
interpreting legal policy and scholarly resources               ference on Professional Responsibility and
in legal and judicial ethics, professional and                  the National Forum on Client Protection.
judicial regulation, competence, professionalism              y ETHICSearch research, which provides law-
and client protection mechanisms. Its coordinat-                yers, judges and other legal professionals
ing council facilitates collective activity among               information and citations to relevant ABA
the center’s leadership and provides an opportu-                policies and rules, ethics opinions, and
nity for in-depth strategic discussions on pending              other ethics resources.
policies before the House of Delegates and other
important national initiatives. The center includes         DEATH PENALTY REPRESENTATION
standing committees of the association as well              PROJECT
as center committees.                                       More than 3,300 people are on death row
   Responsibilities of these committees include:            in our nation’s prisons. Hundreds of prison-
   y Publication of the Survey of Lawyers’ Funds            ers face execution without a lawyer to handle
       for Client Protection that provides informa-         their appeals. Without a lawyer, these indigent
       tion on client protection activities, including      defendants have no realistic chance of challeng-
       new rule implementation, fund manage-                ing their convictions and death sentences, even
       ment, funding sources, reimbursement                 though obvious and profound errors may have
       awards, claims experience and procedures,            occurred during trial. The Death Penalty Repre-
       public information, loss prevention activi-          sentation Project was created almost 25 years
       ties and records management information.             ago to address this very serious problem in the
   y Development and interpretation of model                criminal justice system.
       national ethics standards, including the                 The Project has successfully recruited and
       ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct              trained hundreds of large and mid-size law firms
       and Model Code of Judicial Conduct.                  to represent death row prisoners as pro bono
   y Publication of the annual Survey on Law-               counsel. Additional matters, such as direct ap-
       yer Discipline, with statistics on staffing,         peals, certiorari petitions, US Supreme Court
       funding, caseloads, and sanctions of state           amicus briefs, and clemency petitions have been
       disciplinary agencies, and the Directory of          handled by other firms.
       Lawyer Disciplinary Agencies.                            The Project does not take a position on the
   y Response to requests for ethics opinions               death penalty itself; its mission is to ensure
       from lawyers and judges, state and local             that competent lawyers with adequate resources
       ethics committees, judicial conduct organi-          are available to all those sentenced to death.
       zations and others.                                  In recent years, 139 people have been released
   y Education about, assistance to initiatives             from death row with evidence of their innocence;
       addressing, and recommendation of poli-              hundreds of other death sentences have been
       cies related to legal ethics, professional           overturned because of serious constitutional er-
       regulation, professionalism, competence              rors. Providing good lawyers to all those facing a
       and advertising issues.                              potential death sentence is an essential part of
    y Publication of The Professional Lawyer, a             ensuring justice.
       newsmagazine about key ethics issues,                    The Project’s systemic reform work includes
       professionalism and lawyer regulation is-            leading a nation-wide effort to implement the
       sues; and the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual                revised Guidelines for the Performance and



                                                         OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES 17
Appointment of Defense Counsel in Death                    cases, statutes and ethics opinions on
Penalty Cases. The Guidelines, approved by                 these issues.
the ABA in 2003, identify the responsibilities of        y To research and identify the scope, dynam-
death penalty jurisdictions and provide critical           ics and impact of the unmet legal needs of
guidance to defenders about what they must do              moderate-income people.
in every case to ensure delivery of high quality
legal representation. The Project works closely        DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
with members of the judiciary, state bar associa-      The Commission on Domestic Violence is a
tions, and capital defenders to implement the          nationally recognized leader on increasing ac-
Guidelines and other reforms which will improve        cess to justice for domestic violence victims
capital representation. The Guidelines are now         through mobilization of the legal community. The
widely accepted and cited by state and federal         Commission serves as the only domestic vio-
courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, as the       lence advocacy entity that trains attorneys and
national standard of care.                             focuses on maintaining best possible standards
                                                       for representation of domestic violence victims.
DELIVERY OF LEGAL SERVICES                             The Commission provides effective, interactive
The mission of the Standing Committee on the           training, individualized technical assistance and
Delivery of Legal Services is to maximize access       advocates for policies critical to ensure safe, ef-
to legal services and justice for moderate- income     fective legal assistance for victims.
people, those who do not qualify for legal aid, yet        The commission’s innovative projects include:
cannot afford traditional civil legal services. This      y Training programs: The Commission, with
mission is pursued through four goals:                       support from the U.S. Department of
   y To create an environment in the legal                   Justice, hosts national training institutes,
      community cognizant of meeting the legal               teleconferences and other continuing legal
      needs of moderate-income people, and                   education programming on such topics as
      encourage the ABA, other bar associations              “Domestic Violence 101,” litigation skills
      and legal groups to actively respond to the            in custody cases, civil protection order
      unmet legal needs of this population. Mem-             cases, immigration law and elder abuse.
      bers of the committee and its advisory                 These interactive trainings are among the
      council frequently make presentations and              best offered to attorneys working with
      participate at programs on unbundled legal             victims of domestic violence.
      services, uses of technology for e-lawyering        y International projects: The Commission
      and other innovations in the delivery of               presents to foreign delegates and hosts
      legal services;                                        international fellows to develop improved
   y To identify, evaluate and advance innovative            legal response to gender based violence
      and exemplary models and develop mecha-                globally. Commission staff provides training
      nisms designed to meet the legal needs                 throughout Latin America and the Carib-
      of moderate-income persons within the                  bean on Violence against Women.
      marketplace of legal commerce. The com-             y The National Domestic Violence Pro Bono
      mittee presents the Louis M. Brown Award               Directory hosts vetted entities that provide
      for Legal Access to an innovative and ef-              for Responsible Representation through
      fective delivery model each year at the ABA            training, supervision and mentorship of pro
      Midyear Meeting. It also provides online               bono attorneys. Volunteer lawyers can find a
      technical assistance for models under its              myriad of pro bono opportunities nationally.
      Blueprints Project.                                 y Tool for Attorneys to Screen for Domestic
   y To identify policies, rules and laws that               Violence provides screening guidelines for
      have an impact on access to legal services             lawyers, help for non-disclosing clients and
      for those of moderate income; develop                  a safety planning checklist. Domestic Vio-
      and advance those policies, rules and laws             lence clients exist in all practice areas and
      that create improved access to meet legal              the Tool assists in screening to help ensure
      needs; and identify, debate and challenge              the safety of both clients and lawyers.
      policies, rules and laws that create barri-         y The Commission hosts and moderates
      ers to meeting legal needs. The committee              multiple listservs for litigators representing
      maintains on online Pro Se/Unbundling                  victims of domestic violence, policy experts
      Resource Center linking to articles, reports,          on the reauthorization of the Violence



18 OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
    Against Women Act and our newest for law             educational monographs and transcripts of con-
    professors who teach domestic violence               ference proceedings on some of these topics. In
    courses.                                             2008, the standing committee, along with other
  y Publications: Employment Law and Domes-              ABA entities, developed a new Web site, www.
    tic Violence: A Practitioners Guide, Judicial        abavoteinfo.org, which provides information on
    Checklist, The Impact of Domestic Vio-               how and where to vote, and encourages the bar
    lence on Your Legal Practice – A Lawyer’s            to participate in a nonpartisan manner.
    Handbook, and Teach Your Students Well:
    Incorporating Domestic Violence Into Law             ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
    School Curricula.                                    The Standing Committee on Environmental Law
                                                         facilitates communication and coordination in
ELECTION LAW                                             ABA environmental law activities, carries out
This Standing Committee was created to develop           environmental law projects, and develops and
ways to improve the federal election process.            stimulates ABA policy-making.
The committee has studied and referred to the                The committee annually produces a directory
ABA House of Delegates numerous recommen-                of nearly 100 ABA environmental law and CLE
dations that have been adopted as association            entities and a comprehensive booklet setting out
policy, including urging full disclosure of certain      environmental programming and policy-making
campaign contributions and expenditures; the             planned for the ABA Annual Meeting. A listserv
imposition of reasonable limits on contributions         for ABA members who are environmental lawyers
and the administration of federal election laws          features reports on association environmental
by one independent agency; support for enact-            law activities and an on-line discussion group en-
ment of fair election laws; urging appointment of        ables members to share information, ideas and
a presidential commission to study the decline in        questions. Committee-sponsored coordinating
voter participation; supporting simplification and       meetings during the year enable interested ABA
streamlining of federal laws governing absentee          entities to discuss their plans and to arrange
voting; supporting single-member congressional           joint undertakings.
districting; urging extension of the Voting Rights           The committee convenes an annual confer-
Act of 1965, as amended; supporting “motor               ence that addresses emerging environmental
voter” legislation and youth “citizenship” educa-        law and policy issues such as climate change,
tion programs; and encouraging fair and open             environmental justice, sustainable development,
redistricting procedures.                                “smart growth,” responses to terrorism, drivers
    The committee sponsored a recommenda-                for change in environmental law, the state of the
tion, now ABA policy, to ensure the integrity and        oceans, sustainable/renewable energy, and long-
efficiency of the electoral process by providing         term chemicals regulation issues.
for a “paper trail” for cast votes. The commit-              The committee also conducts international
tee also developed a Voter Rights and Respon-            law and policy conferences, which recently have
sibilities Card, which is distributed throughout         addressed environmental and trade law develop-
the year. Most recently, the House adopted two           ments in the Americas, and Pacific Rim envi-
recommendations, sponsored by the standing               ronmental, trade and policy enforcement. The
committee, which outline election administration         committee currently is laying the groundwork for
guidelines, such as voter education, rights and          a conference in 2011 with the London School
responsibilities; registration; early and Election       of Economics.
Day voting; provisional ballots; and encourage               The committee works on sustainable develop-
participation by members of the legal profession         ment, including a policy-making and implementa-
as poll workers.                                         tion proposal to promote sustainable develop-
    In addition to development of association            ment, adopted by the ABA in August 2003, and a
policy, the committee has contributed numerous           Web site for “The High-Performance Law Office”
substantive studies through sponsorship of na-           that provides guidance on reducing waste and
tional conferences on issues such as campaign            improving energy efficiency in office operations,
finance, the Electoral College, the presidential         dispels myths about resource conservation,
selection process, the vice-presidency, use of           features examples of office savings, and offers a
technology in campaigns, the Voting Rights Act,          resource list for assistance and information.
redistricting, voter participation and the Federal           The committee bestows an annual ABA Award
Election Commission. The committee offers                for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental



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Law and Policy, recognizing one individual and         services by distributing informational materials to
one organization for significant accomplishments       lawyers, plan sponsors and legal service con-
in the field.                                          sumers. Information is also available through the
    The committee has overseen association-wide        Internet at www.abanet.org/pls.
working groups in developing policy positions for          API Newsbriefs, a monthly four-page news-
the ABA, including on reauthorization of “Super-       letter, reports on state and federal regulatory
fund”; Brownfields redevelopment; and the rule         developments, features articles on members
of the law and the environment. Other ABA policy       and developments in the industry, as well as
positions developed by the committee encourage         news and events. The API also publishes its
public participation in environmental decision-        annual directory – Who’s Who in Prepaid Legal
making; environmental justice; environmental           Service – that is used by all segments of the
management systems, sustainable development,           industry to make contacts and referrals. Its
oceans preservation, and wise management of            Prepaid Legal Services Regulation Reporter, a
ecosystems services.                                   1,200-page four-volume set, updated quarterly,
                                                       contains statutes, insurance department sum-
FEDERAL JUDICIARY                                      maries, pertinent sections of lawyer’s ethics
For over half a century, the standing committee        codes and resource data on each of the states,
has evaluated and reported on the professional         the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, plus a
qualifications of persons nominated for federal        special section on federal law, model legislation
judicial appointments. The purpose of the evalu-       and significant court decisions.
ation is to provide an objective peer evaluation           The standing committee and API also sponsor
of a nominee’s professional qualifications to          an annual Educational Conference and smaller
serve on the federal bench. The ABA committee          half-day regional conferences to provide updates
restricts its review to issues bearing on integrity,   and practice tips to the lawyers, plan administra-
professional competence and judicial tempera-          tors and plan trustees in the Group and Prepaid
ment. In making its evaluation, the committee          Legal Services industry. In partnership with API
serves as a conduit for the views of the legal         the standing committee has created an on-line
community on candidates. The committee’s stan-         Universal Application with five group legal ser-
dards and procedures are structured to ensure          vices plans in a pilot project to allow attorneys
that the evaluation is thorough, objective and fair.   to apply to all five plans with one application.
Detailed information on the committee’s proce-
dures, a roster of its members, recent evalua-         HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY
tions and recent testimony on behalf of the com-       The Commission on Homelessness and Pov-
mittee are available on the committee Web site,        erty educates the bar and the public about the
http://www.abanet.org/scfedjud/home.html.              special legal problems of people experiencing
                                                       homelessness and poverty. The commission
GROUP AND PREPAID LEGAL SERVICES                       provides technical assistance to pro bono
This standing committee, through its involve-          initiatives, hosts free training programs, and
ment in and oversight of the American Prepaid          publishes educational resources in accordance
Legal Services Institute, undertakes educational       with its mission of training lawyers to provide pro
programs, legislative efforts and related activities   bono legal assistance to homeless and near-
intended to contribute to the continuing expan-        homeless people.
sion of the legal service plan concept.                    The commission has a history of supporting
    The API is continuing its effort to have the       initiatives and legislation concerning homeless
exemption for employer contributions to legal          and impoverished people, including policy in
service benefit plans – Section 120 of the Inter-      support of an increase in the availability of af-
nal Revenue Code – reenacted. During the 110th         fordable transitional and permanent housing, as
Congress, the API was successful in having mea-        well as policy in support of access to justice and
sures introduced in both the U.S. Senate and           legal aid for indigent people. The commission
House of Representatives with bipartisan sup-          collaborates with the ABA Governmental Affairs
port. In addition, the measure was included in         Office to monitor legislative activity on legal ser-
several versions of extender packages and as an        vices for the poor, welfare and related benefits,
amendment to one of the mortgage foreclosure           low-income housing, the digital divide, predatory
bills in the Senate. The API serves as a primary       lending and other similar issues, and to respond
source for information on group and prepaid legal      as necessary.



20 OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
    One of the commission’s primary initiatives           Project of San Diego. The projects provide pro
is to facilitate the creation of homeless courts.         bono legal services to adults and children seek-
The commission hosted a national conference               ing asylum or other forms of relief before the
in 2004 and sponsored two policy recommenda-              immigration courts. The commission’s Detention
tions related to homeless courts in addition to           Standards Implementation Initiative works to im-
publishing a number of manuals and resources              prove immigration detention conditions by coor-
related to the innovative program. The commis-            dinating visits to detention facilities and commu-
sion provides technical assistance to emerg-              nicating with detained immigrants. Through the
ing homeless courts, including those held at              commission, the ABA has also filed amicus briefs
Stand Down events for homeless veterans. The              in major immigration cases, including: Lopez v.
commission drafts publications and resource               Gonzales, Benitez v. Mata, and DeMore v. Kim.
materials to equip lawyers to advocate on behalf
of homeless and impoverished people. Lawyers              INTEREST ON LAWYER’S TRUST
Working to End Homelessness is a compilation              ACCOUNTS
of essays and articles intended to inspire and            This commission is charged with collecting, main-
guide readers to use their legal expertise to             taining, analyzing and disseminating information
address homelessness in their communities.                on programs involving the use of interest on law-
Written by lawyers from all areas of practice             yer trust accounts to support law related public
the guide is a valuable source of thoughts,               service activities. The commission works with
ideas and suggestions for lawyers interested              IOLTA programs in all jurisdictions and supports
in using their talents to benefit the most vulner-        the IOLTA Clearinghouse, which provides informa-
able population.                                          tion, materials, training and technical assistance
                                                          on IOLTA program design and operation.
IMMIGRATION                                                   The commission also assists IOLTA programs
The ABA supports fair treatment and full due              in their efforts to enhance IOLTA income, in-
process rights for immigrants and refugees, and           cluding converting voluntary IOLTA programs to
a regulated, safe immigration system that ad-             mandatory ones and seeking comparable inter-
dresses the value of family reunification and the         est rates for funds held in IOLTA accounts. All 50
need for immigrant labor and provides meaning-            states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin
ful administrative and judicial review.                   Islands have established IOLTA programs. These
    The ABA is concerned about the erosion of             programs have contributed millions of dollars
due process safeguards, the growing reliance on           to programs that provide legal services for the
immigration detention, and the lack of access to          poor, promote knowledge and awareness of the
legal information and counsel for individuals in          law, and improve the administration of justice.
immigration proceedings, particularly unaccom-                In 1998 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
panied immigrant children. The ABA supports pro-          under Texas law, interest earned on client funds
grams for undocumented workers and necessary              held in IOLTA accounts is the client’s property.
future workers that include a path to permanent           The Court remanded the questions of whether
residence, security checks, and protections for           Texas had “taken” client property, and the
U.S. workers. The ABA also supports avenues for           amount of “just compensation,” if any, that might
lawful immigration status for victims of trafficking      have been due clients. In 2002 those remaining
and other crimes, and for persons who entered             questions were before the Court in a case that
as minors and have significant ties to the United         challenged the constitutionality of the applica-
States. In addition, the association supports the         tion of the Washington State IOLTA program to
establishment of laws and policies that ensure            limited practice officers – nonlawyers authorized
optimum access to legal protection for refugees,          by the Supreme Court of Washington to practice
asylum seekers, torture victims, and others de-           law for the limited purpose of real estate clos-
serving of humanitarian refuge, opposes detain-           ings. On March 26, 2003, the Court issued its
ing persons in immigration proceedings except in          decision in Brown v. Legal Foundation of Wash-
extraordinary circumstances, and advocates the            ington, upholding the constitutionality of IOLTA
use of alternatives to detention.                         under the Just Compensation Clause of the Fifth
    The Commission on Immigration administers             Amendment. The ABA, thorough the commission,
the Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project in             filed seven amicus briefs in support of IOLTA at
south Texas, Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant            various stages of the proceedings in the Texas
Justice in Seattle, and the Immigration Justice           and Washington cases.



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JUSTICE CENTER                                          and expand knowledge about the justice sys-
The ABA Justice Center draws upon the re-               tem. The division is the home for judges within
sources of ABA entities that focus on the judicial      the ABA. It promotes judicial integrity, provides
branch to promote improvement of the admin-             public education, and helps build public trust
istration of justice, encourage bench, bar and          and confidence in the judiciary and the justice
public collaboration, and enhance the efficiency        system. Membership in the division includes
of the justice system. The entities of the Jus-         complimentary affiliation with one of six confer-
tice Center are the Coalition for Justice, Judicial     ences: Appellate Judge Conference, Lawyers
Division, Standing Committee on Federal Judi-           Conference, National Conference of the Admin-
cial Improvement, and the Standing Committee            istrative Law Judiciary, National Conference of
on Judicial Independence. The Justice Center’s          Federal Trial Judges, National Conference of Spe-
annual John Marshall Award recognizes persons           cialized Court Judges and National Conference
who have made a national impact on judicial             of State Trial Judges. Through these six confer-
independence, justice system reform, and public         ences, division members work to assure that the
awareness about the justice system.                     justice system provides dues process, is avail-
    Coalition for Justice – The Coalition for Justice   able and open to all, and serves in a fair and
focuses on building public trust and confidence         impartial way. The division partners with other
in the justice system – and in the profession –         Justice Center and ABA entities on projects and
through partnerships with the public in justice         programs that focus on the judicial branch and
reform. The major activities of the coalition in-       the improvement of the administration of justice,
clude reaching out to more than 100 non-lawyer          such as the Least Understood Branch Project
organizations nationwide to partner in justice          and the ABA World Justice Project. Learn more
improvement activities; and fostering community         about the Judicial Division and its programs and
discussions on justice improvement using the            initiatives at www.abanet.org/jd.
National Issues Forum Programs. In partnership              Standing Committee on Federal Judicial
with the Kettering Foundation the coalition has         Improvements – The committee, which studies
produced several National Issues Forum (NIF)            and makes recommendations for improving the
Programs on topics including the separation of          federal judicial system, is the only entity in the
powers (Under Pressure, How Can We Keep the             ABA dedicated entirely to the substantive issues
Courts Fair and Impartial), the American jury           affecting the federal judiciary. The committee
(Reaching a Verdict) What Do We Want for the            is focusing its efforts on issues of immigration,
American Jury System? and Ensuring Public Trust         federal judicial nominations, federal judicial
and Confidence in the Justice System (And Justice       compensation, court stripping and court funding.
for All). The coalition has also recently produced      In 2007, the committee established an Academic
a continuing legal education program entitled,          Advisory Board which serves to assist in formulat-
Dangerous Intersection: Intimate Partner Sexual         ing future goals and projects as well as providing
Abuse as Domestic Violence – What Judges,               expertise relating to current projects. 2007 also
Lawyers and Victim Advocates Need to Know.              heralded the formation of two new projects for
The coalition also offers two complimentary CLE         the committee: the Immigration Justice Project
programs, Race and Gender Bias in Judicial Elec-        and the Judicial Nomination Project. The Immigra-
tion and Selection Truth or Fiction? Are Women          tion Justice Project of San Diego, addresses the
and Minority Judges More Likely to be Targeted by       skyrocketing immigration caseload in San Diego
Special Interests and Contingent Fees: Access to        and the Ninth Circuit. It is based on similar proj-
the Court or Threat to Capitalism? Both programs        ects in Texas and Washington. The project aims
are available online for free. The coalition’s Burn-    to coordinate pro bono representation of clients
ham “Hod” Greeley Award recognizes individuals          in removal proceedings or seeking asylum, and
and/or organizations dedicated to outreach and          has an academic study component to understand
promotion of increased public awareness of the          whether this type of work will address the dispro-
need for a fair and impartial judiciary. The 2009       portionately high docket of immigration cases in
award will be presented at the ABA Midyear              the Ninth Circuit. The Judicial Nomination Project,
Meeting in Boston. Visit the coalition Web site at      which was led by a task force chosen by the com-
www.abanet.org/justice for more information.            mittee, focused on updating ABA policy relating to
    Judicial Division – As the judicial voice of the    improving federal judicial selection. The House of
American Bar Association, the Judicial Division         Delegates approved Resolution 118 at the 2008
supports the work of judges in efforts to share         ABA Annual Meeting. The Resolution passed



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unanimously with 21 ABA as well as non-ABA                LAW AND AGING
groups signing on in favor, with strong support           The commission consists of a body of experts in
from ABA President H. Thomas Wells, Jr. Through           aging and law, including lawyers, judges, medical
its various activities, the committee works to            and social services professionals, academics,
improve communication among the various users             and advocates. With its professional staff, the
of the federal judicial system, to recommend im-          commission examines a wide range of law-
provements in the system, and to enhance public           related issues, including legal services, health
respect for the federal judiciary.                        and long-term care, housing, professional ethics,
    Standing Committee on Judicial Independence           elder abuse, guardianship, capacity issues,
– At the forefront of this committee’s initiatives        health care decision-making, and Social Secu-
is the Least Understood Branch Project, a joint           rity, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security
effort of the Standing Committee on Judicial              Income and other public benefit programs.
Independence and the Judicial Division, with the              The commission sustains several concurrent
League of Women Voters, Justice at Stake and              initiatives including:
the National Center for State Courts as par-                  y Supporting advance planning for health
ticipating entities. The LUB Project focuses on                  care through research, training, and pub-
partnering with state and local bar associations                 lications such as the self-help guide for
to carry the message of the importance of fair                   adults serving as health care proxies.
and impartial courts in our democracy to every                y Producing a series of capacity assess-
possible venue in their communities. The LUB                     ment handbooks targeting lawyers, judges,
project has developed materials in the form of                   psychologists, and one in the works for
sample editorials, op-ed pieces, letters to the                  physicians.
editor, and a message on the importance of “fair              y Pursuing several guardianship studies,
and impartial courts” to our democratic society.                 including a study of public guardians and a
LUB also produced a recently-released DVD,                       national study on guardianship monitoring.
Protecting Our Rights, Protecting Our Courts, and             y Serving as a National Legal Assistance
has prepared the pamphlet Countering the Critics                 Support Center for the Administration on
and Countering the Critics II as aids to speakers                Aging. The grant supports the Elderbar
in this area as well as guides on responding to                  listserv, legislative updates on guardianship
potentially hostile or critical questions. LUB is                and health decisions, the Bifocal newsletter,
also providing state and local bars with training                senior pro bono efforts, and the planning of
in delivering these messages. The committee                      a National Aging and Law Conference.
has also released Rapid Response to Unfair and                y Co-sponsoring an annual “mini-grant”
Unjust Criticism of Judges. The pamphlet focuses                 program to encourage development of
on how bar associations can respond effectively                  collaborative, community-based projects
and promptly in defense of judges and the judi-                  to enhance the legal awareness of older
ciary when being unjustly criticized, while exercis-             persons and to improve their access to the
ing their professional, ethical and constitutional               legal system.
duties. A resource kit is available at www.abanet.            y Staffing the Medicare Advocacy Project in
org/judind/ toolkit/impartialcourts/home.html.                   collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Associa-
Additionally, the committee’s State Court Assess-                tion to address Medicare coverage issues
ment Project assists court systems in determin-                  and to educate and advocate on behalf of
ing how well they are addressing the needs and                   beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s. The project
concerns of the populace they serve by providing                 has focused heavily on implementation of
an independent assessment of the strengths                       the new Medicare drug benefit.
and weaknesses of a state’s court system. Thus                y Assessing five court-focused elder abuse
far, the committee has conducted assessments                     initiatives under a grant from the National
in Missouri and New Mexico. The House of Del-                    Institute of Justice, the research agency of
egates approved policy regarding the State Court                 the U.S. Department of Justice.
Assessment Project report at the 2008 Annual                  y Creating a clearinghouse on voting ac-
Meeting. The standing committee is also working                  commodations for persons with cognitive
on the Judicial Disqualification Project and the                 impairments and conducting a “mobile poll-
Introductory Judicial Education Project. For more                ing” election outreach project in Vermont.
information, please contact Tina Vagenas at                   y Tracking state legislation in areas of health
VagenasK@staff.abanet.org.                                       decisions, guardianship, and elder abuse.



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LAW AND NATIONAL SECURITY                             career transition, hearing impairments, retire-
This standing committee, founded in 1962 by           ment planning, improving health and quality time
then ABA President and later U.S. Supreme Court       with family and friends. CoLAP has expanded
Justice Lewis F. Powell, conducts studies, spon-      cooperative activities with several other ABA enti-
sors programs and conferences, and administers        ties, including the Section of General Practice,
working groups on law and national security and       Law Student Division and Standing Committee on
related issues. The committee’s activities are        Substance Abuse.
designed to assist policy makers; to educate              CoLAP views its role as providing assistance
lawyers, the media and the public; and to en-         to members of all ABA entities as well as general
able the committee to make recommendations            membership, who may be experiencing stress,
to the ABA. The committee publishes a monthly         depression, addictions, career dissatisfaction,
newsletter, the National Security Law Report,         aging/retirement or other quality of life issues/
which is distributed at no charge to more than        stressors. Its focus on balance of life issues
3,000 lawyers, government officials and other         reflects the results of the annual “Pulse of the
professionals. It includes reports of committee       ABA” study. CoLAP has spent the last three years
conferences, pertinent law and national security      developing outreach efforts for law schools and
updates, summaries of recent cases and legisla-       students and is now turning its focus to the judi-
tion, as well as essays offering an exchange of       ciary. CoLAP was invited by the American Judica-
views on topical national security law issues.        ture Society and the ABA Judicial Division to work
    Monthly breakfast meetings in Washington,         with them on by providing topics and authors for
D.C., feature notable speakers who are promi-         special issues of their respective magazines.
nently engaged in law and national security mat-      Both have now completed these special issues
ters. The committee’s conferences are designed        on health and well-being of judges.
both to enrich law instruction in the United States       CoLAP’s confidential hotline 1-866-LAWLAPS
and to provide a forum for discussion of topical      refers callers to the lawyer assistance program
law and national security issues. The conferences     in their state for hands-on assistance, while the
involve national policy and opinion makers such       commission continues to develop programs and
as U.S. government officials in intelligence and      resource materials for the education of the law-
national security arenas, members of Congress,        yer assistance programs staff and volunteers.
law professors and members of the bar.
    Major conferences organized by the commit-        LAWYER REFERRAL AND INFORMATION
tee have addressed topics such as catastrophic        SERVICE
terrorism, law enforcement and intelligence in a      The Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and
new era, the U.S. military, alternative approaches    Information Service has jurisdiction over matters
for prosecuting terrorists, homeland defense, and     relating to public and private lawyer referral and
state emergency health powers and the bioterror-      information services. The purpose of the commit-
ism threat. Log on to the committee’s Web site,       tee is to assist lawyer referral and information
www.abanet.org/natsecurity, for a complete list       services in making affordable legal services more
of programs, publications, and mailing list form.     readily accessible to the public. Lawyer referral
                                                      programs are designed specifically for clients who
LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS                            are able to afford legal fees. The best services
The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance               are financially viable and able to contribute their
Programs (CoLAP) continues to develop new ser-        profits to support the reduced fee, low fee or pro
vices and expand existing programs to improve         bono components of the sponsoring organization.
the health and well being of judges, lawyers, and         The goal of the committee is to increase
law students. CoLAP has experienced a dramatic        the number of clients served by public service
increase in inquiries, reflecting a new awareness     lawyer referral programs, improve the assistance
and acceptance of the fact that addictions and        provided by these programs, and protect con-
mental health problems are medical, not moral         sumers from private firms promoting themselves
issues. Members of the legal profession are           to the public as lawyer referral without the
now asking their lawyer assistance programs for       proper public service component. The committee
help with quality- of-life issues, as well as about   seeks to improve the delivery of legal services
stress, depression and addictions. While continu-     to moderate income clients by facilitating ac-
ing to address those areas, CoLAP also is work-       cess to appropriate legal services and informa-
ing with lawyer assistance programs on issues of      tion, providing high quality materials and model



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standards to local programs, encouraging the            professional liability insurance. Through the
implementation of existing quality standards,           hotline, staff also answer questions on insur-
and assisting with the design and establishment         ance coverage and interpretation of insurance
of new programs when requested.                         policy wording.
   The committee disseminates information
through publications including, The Dialogue, a         LEGAL AID AND INDIGENT DEFENDANTS
quarterly newsletter, and the Directory of Lawyer       Since 1920 the ABA Standing Committee on
Referral Services, The committee also maintains         Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants has advo-
a clearinghouse of information and materials            cated for and assisted in providing legal services
relating to the operation and development of            to indigent persons. A principal activity of the
LRIS, and responds to ethics and policy ques-           committee is to ensure adequate funding for the
tions from state and local lawyer referral direc-       Legal Services Corporation and oppose threats
tors and volunteers. The committee sponsors             to its independence and effectiveness.
the annual National Lawyer Referral Workshop,               The committee publishes a number of works
which provides national leadership and training         to assist the legal services community, including
on issues and problems relevant to the daily            Standards for Provision of Civil Legal Aid, Innova-
operation of a lawyer referral service. The com-        tive Fundraising Ideas for Legal Services and Ten
mittee’s field assistance project, the Program of       Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System.
Assistance and Review, will assist bar-sponsored            The committee sponsors the Resource Center
LRIS by making available program volunteers             for Access to Justice Initiatives, which assists
who are national experts to provide analysis and        states in creating and enhancing blue-ribbon
recommendations in finance, intake and referral,        commissions to improve civil legal aid systems,
record keeping, office technology, staff training,      and provides guidance to state and local bars
promotion, and the relationship between lawyer          seeking to increase funding to support legal
referral and pro bono.                                  services for the poor.
                                                            The committee also is active in improving
LAWYERS’ PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY                         state systems for providing defense services to
The Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Profes-              indigent persons accused of crime. It provides
sional Liability assists lawyers and other profes-      technical assistance on improvement of indigent
sional groups to avoid and prevent legal mal-           defense systems to state and national policy
practice, to ensure the consistent availability of      makers, bar associations and the judiciary. It
reasonably priced legal malpractice insurance,          produced a major report on the state of indigent
and to reduce the impact of legal malpractice on        defense systems: Gideon’s Broken Promise:
lawyers and their clients.                              America’s Continuing Quest for Equal Justice. It
    Much of the committee’s time is spent on            sponsors an annual Indigent Defense Summit,
malpractice avoidance, prevention and reduction.        bringing together bar and community leaders
Many committee projects provide educational             working to improve public defender systems.
programs and resources for practicing lawyers to            The committee serves as a clearinghouse
increase their understanding and assist in elimi-       for information and assistance on development
nating the causes of legal malpractice.                 of educational loan repayment assistance for
    The committee sponsors two educational con-         lawyers engaged in public service.
ferences each year on a variety of professional             The committee sponsors the annual Harrison
liability topics. Conference attendees include          Tweed Award that recognizes the accomplish-
practicing lawyers, state and local bar represen-       ments of bar associations in increasing the avail-
tatives, and insurance industry officials.              ability of legal services to indigent persons.
    Also available from the committee is a wealth
of statistics on the causes of legal malpractice        LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR MILITARY
claims. The statistics, which resulted from the         PERSONNEL
committee’s collection of data from 30,000              This standing committee provides guidance and
claims over a multi-year period, include informa-       assistance to military lawyers who provide civil
tion on aspects of legal malpractice specific to        legal services to an estimated 9 million military
areas of legal practice.                                personnel and their dependents, often under
    Committee staff provide assistance to law-          adverse conditions. The committee serves as an
yers through a telephone hotline and answer re-         information clearinghouse for the services’ legal
quests from members seeking help in securing            assistance offices on issues and developments



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in the law relating to delivery of legal assistance    the rule of law for persons with mental, physical
to military personnel. It also serves as the ABA’s     and sensory disabilities and their full and equal
liaison to the service branches and the Depart-        participation within the legal profession. The
ment of Defense. The committee presents CLE            commission’s Subcommittee on Lawyers with
seminars at major military installations, allowing     Disabilities works toward the full and equal par-
the committee to reach the greatest concentra-         ticipation in the legal profession for lawyers with
tion of military and interested civilian lawyers       disabilities. The Subcommittee runs a nationally
while visiting the legal services offices in the       recognized mentor program for law students with
field. The CLE curriculum, tailored to the needs of    disabilities. An annual ABA Goal III report details
the particular host installation, addresses rights     the level of participation by lawyers with disabili-
under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, mili-       ties in ABA leadership and encourages the ABA
tary divorce and child custody, veterans’ rights       and its entities to facilitate the participation of
law (with which military Judge Advocates are in-       lawyers with disabilities in its activities. The Com-
creasingly required to be familiar), consumer law,     mission also prepared and widely disseminated a
immigration law, legal ethics and professional         report based on the Second ABA National Confer-
responsibility. The committee founded the ABA          ence on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabili-
Military Pro Bono Project and supports the proj-       ties in Washington D.C., June 15-16, 2009, which
ect in partnership with the Section of Litigation.     was hosted by then-ABA President H. Thomas
                                                       Wells, Jr., the Association of Corporate Counsel
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY                         (ACC), and the Minority Corporate Counsel Asso-
This standing committee is charged with review-        ciation (MCCA). At that Conference, the attend-
ing pending and future proposals relating to           ees embraced a disability diversity pledge, called
medical professional liability in light of existing    the “Pledge for Change.” As of July 2010, there
ABA policies; identifying policy issues as to which    were 81 signatories to the Pledge.
new policy is needed; and serving as a focal               The Mental & Physical Disability Law Reporter,
point for activity within the ABA on issues relating   the commission’s bimonthly publication, is a
to medical professional liability. Among the areas     complete source of information on legal, legis-
of interest are opposition to federal pre-emption      lative and administrative developments in the
of state medical malpractice laws, caps on             rapidly expanding area of mental and physical
damages and creation of a system that requires         disability law. The commission also publishes
injured patients to utilize “health courts,” which     the Mental & Physical Disability Law Digest, a
deny injured patients the right to a trial by jury     comprehensive synopsis and analysis of civil
or full compensation for injuries caused by            and criminal mental disability law, and disability
medical negligence; and support for amending           discrimination law. In addition, the Commission
the Employee Retirement Income Security Act,           publishes comprehensive books on mental and
whereby employer-sponsored health care plans           physical disability law and rights, including: Civil
are generally shielded from liability for injury to    Mental Disability Law, Evidence, and Testimony:
a patient. The committee works with the Govern-        A Comprehensive Reference Manual for Law-
mental Affairs Office on federal legislation and       yers, Judges, and Mental Disability Professionals
helps it to provide information on this set of is-     (2010); Criminal Mental Health and Disability
sues to various ABA sections and divisions, and        Law, Evidence and Testimony: A Comprehensive
to state and local bar associations. It works to       Reference Manual for Lawyers, Judges and Crimi-
develop new ABA policy to effectuate changes to        nal Justice Professionals (2009); and Disability
the medical professional liability system that are     Discrimination Law, Evidence, and Testimony: A
forward-looking and on which consensus can be          Comprehensive Reference Manual for Lawyers,
reached, such as the policy it developed support-      Judges and Disability Professionals (2008).
ing state apology legislation that was adopted by
the House of Delegates in February 2007                PARALEGALS
                                                       The Standing Committee on Paralegals focuses
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITY LAW                     on matters relating to the education, employ-
The Commission on Mental and Physical Disabil-         ment, training and effective use of paralegals.
ity Law is the primary ABA entity focusing on the         During the past six months, the committee,
law-related concerns of persons with mental and        through its Approval Commission, evaluated
physical disabilities. Its mission is to promote       38 applications for approval or reapproval and
the association’s commitment to justice and            conducted 32 on-site inspections of paralegal



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education programs. There are currently 260                services to the poor into their practices, policies
ABA-approved paralegal education programs                  and procedures. The Center for Pro Bono, a proj-
throughout the United States.                              ect of the committee, provides assistance to bar
    The committee also monitors trends in the              associations, pro bono programs, law schools,
field, and advocates the effective utilization of          lawyers and law firms, and other constituents
qualified paralegals. The committee recently               seeking to initiate or improve existing initiatives
revised the ABA Guidelines for the Approval of             and activities. It provides technical program as-
Paralegal Education Programs initially adopted             sistance, operates the Peer Consulting Project,
by the House of Delegates in 1974. The Model               assists state, regional, national and international
Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegal Ser-           pro bono conferences, and maintains a national
vices, initially adopted by the House in 1991 and          clearinghouse of information of importance to
revised in 2004, are intended to encourage law-            the field. The committee manages the National
yers to utilize paralegal services effectively and         Medical- Legal Partnerships Pro Bono Support
reflect the legal and policy developments that             Project, and with the Business Law Section, the
have taken place since their initial adoption.             Business Law Pro Bono Project.
    The committee’s publication “The Economic
Benefits of Paralegal Utilization,” includes speak-        PUBLIC EDUCATION
er’s materials, such as an outline and PowerPoint          The mission of the ABA Division for Public Educa-
presentation with specific examples for analyzing          tion, www.abanet.org/publiced, is to promote
the profitability of paralegal utilization. The mate-      public understanding of law and its role in
rials have been used in sessions offered to para-          society. The division provides national leadership
legal educators and paralegal managers, and at             for law-related and civic education efforts in the
bar association meetings. The committee’s Web              United States, conducts educational programs,
site contains information on state activity related        develops resources, provides technical assis-
to paralegal regulation as well as information on          tance and information clearinghouse services,
the ABA approval process.                                  presents awards, and fosters partnerships
                                                           among bar associations, educational institutions,
PRO BONO AND PUBLIC SERVICE                                civic organizations and others. The division is a
This Standing Committee reviews, evaluates and             major producer of educational and informational
fosters development of pro bono programs and               resources for the public, with more than 40 print
activity by lawyers and law firms, bar associa-            publications produced annually. A Web page of
tions, corporate law departments, law schools,             resources and activities of special interest to
judges and the courts, legal services providers            journalists is at www.abanet.org/publiced/jour-
and other members of the legal community. The              nalists.html. Among programs and resources:
committee analyzes and defines the scope, func-               y Preview of United States Supreme Court
tion and objectives of pro bono programs; and                    Cases, an 8-issue periodical, presents
proposes and reviews legislation and policy that                 plain language expert analysis of the
impacts on the ability of lawyers to provide pro                 issues, arguments, background and
bono service to enhance equal access to justice.                 significance of every case slated for oral
Major committee activities are the National Pro                  argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bono Celebration and the annual Equal Justice                    Through a special arrangement with the
Conference, the latter co-sponsored with the                     Court, the Preview Web site, www.suprem-
National Legal Aid and Defender Association.                     ecourtpreview.org, makes publicly available
    The committee presents five annual Pro                       all filed merit briefs.
Bono Publico Awards to individual lawyers and                 y The division coordinates the ABA’s annual
institutions in the legal profession that have                   Law Day program, www.lawday.org. Con-
demonstrated outstanding commitment to pro                       ducted annually by the ABA and bar asso-
bono legal services. It maintains on-line directo-               ciations throughout the country, Law Day
ries of programs offering pro bono opportunities                 on May 1 is a day of national dedication
for lawyers and law school pro bono and public                   to the principles of government under law,
service programs at www.abaprobono.org. The                      and was established in 1958. The 2009
committee supports diversity, state, local and                   Law Day theme is “A Legacy of Liberty:
specialty bar associations and helps law firms,                  Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial .”
corporate law departments and government at-                  y The division produces the American Bar
torney offices integrate the delivery of civil legal             Association Legal Guide series, www.



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    abanet.org/publiced/practical/books/               ethnically diverse lawyers, judges, and others
    home.html. The books, 13 to date, provide          who are in the legal profession.
    information about the law in plain, easy-to-          Social Justice Issues - Established in 1992,
    understand language. Recently published            COREJ addresses and provides services on
    titles cover such practical legal topics           social justice matters related to racial and ethnic
    as credit and bankruptcy; home renova-             bias in the justice system. Formerly known as
    tion; workplace law; and marriage, divorce         the Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, COREJ’s
    and families—as well as a legal guide for          name was officially changed in October 2009.
    Americans over 50.                                    Educational Pipeline - Established in 2001,
  y The Silver Gavel Awards for Media and              the Pipeline Council provides services to in-
    the Arts, www.abanet.org/publiced/gavel,           crease diversity among students from pre-kinder-
    recognize exemplary media efforts to foster        garten to the profession. The Pipeline Council
    the American public’s understanding of law         also manages the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholar-
    and the legal system. Eligible categories          ship, which provides diverse students with finan-
    are newspapers, magazines, books, the-             cial assistance to attend law school. Formerly
    ater, television, radio, film/video, and new       known as the Presidential Advisory Council on
    media. ABA President H. Thomas Wells Jr.           Diversity in the Profession, the Pipeline Council’s
    will present the 2009 Silver Gavels—the            name was officially changed in October 2009.
    52nd annual awards—at the National Press
    Club on July 1, 2009.                              RULE OF LAW
                                                       The American Bar Association (ABA) established
RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY                            the Rule of Law Initiative in 2007 to consolidate
The ABA Board of Governors created the ABA             its five overseas rule of law programs, including
Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity (Center)        the Central European and Eurasian Law Initia-
in 2001 to serve as the administrative and             tive—widely known as ABA CEELI—which was
programmatic oversight body for the three major        created in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
ABA entities that focus on racial and ethnic           Today, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)
diversity issues. The Center provides the frame-       implements legal reform programs in more than
work for effective utilization of ABA resources        40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia,
committed to diversity; improves coordination          Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle
and collaboration of diversity efforts throughout      East and North Africa. ABA ROLI has nearly 500
the Association; and helps to maintain racial          people, some working in the United States, but
and ethnic diversity as a priority issue for the As-   most serving abroad, including our professional
sociation, in support of ABA’s Goal III. Services      and local staff, plus a cadre of short- and long-
provided by the Center include:                        term expatriate volunteers. Over the past 20
   y A centralized web-based clearinghouse that        years, these volunteers have contributed more
      serves as a portal to diversity activities       than $200 million in pro bono technical legal
      within the ABA.                                  assistance. ABA ROLI’s local partners include
   y Coordination of collaborative opportunities       judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools,
      to achieve diversity within the ABA and the      court administrators, prosecutors, legislatures,
      legal profession.                                ministries of justice, human rights organizations
   y A joint publishing initiative to develop and      and other members of civil society.
      promote expanded publishing on diversity             While ABA ROLI implements technical assis-
      topics.                                          tance programs in an array of substantive areas,
   y Collaborating and advising ABA depart-            including commercial and property law reform, our
      ments on their diversity activities, including   efforts are concentrated in seven focal areas.
      Human Resources, Membership and Office              y Access to justice and human rights. Our
      of the President.                                       programs increase access to legal services
The Center is comprised of three racial and                   by establishing legal aid and law school
ethnic diversity entities. Through the initiatives            clinics, developing public defender pro-
of the programmatic entities listed below, the As-            grams and supporting structural changes
sociation addresses racial and ethnic diversity in            in the justice system that increase citizen
a three-pronged approach:                                     access to the courts and other forms
    Legal Profession - Established in 1986, the               of dispute resolution. We also increase
Commission provides services for racially and                 awareness of international human rights



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     standards and humanitarian law, as well as         at the request of host country partners, conducts
     train legal professionals to seek redress          legal research, produces resource guides on rule
     for human rights violations in domestic,           of law issues, and develops and implements a
     regional and international courts.                 wide range of assessment tools. To date, ABA
   y Anti-corruption and public integrity. ABA          ROLI has developed the following assessment
     ROLI programs focus on drafting and                tools: Judicial Reform Index; Legal Profession
     implementing public integrity standards            Reform Index; Prosecutorial Reform Index;
     and freedom of information laws, develop-          Legal Education Reform Index; Human Traffick-
     ing national action plans, conducting public       ing Assessment Tool, based on the anti-human
     education campaigns on the corrosive               trafficking protocol to the United Nations (UN)
     impact of corruption, and encouraging the          Convention against Transnational Organized
     public to combat corruption through mecha-         Crime; ICCPR Index, based on the UN Interna-
     nisms such as anonymous hotlines.                  tional Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and
   y Criminal law reform and anti-human traf-           the CEDAW Assessment Tool, based on the UN
     ficking. Our programs train criminal justice       Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
     professionals—including judges, prosecu-           Discrimination Against Women. ABA ROLI has
     tors and police—to combat crimes such              conducted more than 50 assessments in over
     as human trafficking, money laundering             20 countries using these tools, all of which are
     and cybercrime, while helping to reform key        publicly available and are regularly relied upon by
     criminal law legislation, including criminal       local reformers, technical assistance providers,
     procedure codes.                                   international donors and scholars alike.
   y Judicial reform. ABA ROLI promotes greater
     independence, accountability and transpar-         SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER
     ency in judicial systems, assists in draft-        IDENTITY (SOGI )
     ing and enacting codes of judicial ethics,         The Commission on Sexual Orientation and
     promotes judicial education and training,          Gender Identity was created in June 2007 to
     and enhances court administration and              help implement the Association’s anti-bias goal
     efficiency.                                        now called Goal III which reads: “Eliminate Bias
   y Legal education reform and civic educa-            And Enhance Diversity. Objectives: 1. Promote
     tion. We promote legal education reform by         full and equal participation in the association,
     assisting law schools in introducing new           our profession, and the justice system by all
     courses and practical training methods             persons. 2. Eliminate bias in the legal profession
     that better meet the needs of tomorrow’s           and the justice system.”
     legal professionals. We also promote a                 SOGI’s mission is to secure for lesbian, gay,
     rule of law culture through civic education        bisexual and transgender persons full and equal
     campaigns on citizens’ rights.                     access to and participation in the ABA, the legal
   y Legal profession reform. Our work includes         profession and the justice system. Through
     assisting in the development and admin-            education efforts, policy development, building
     istration of bar examinations, developing          relationships with leaders in the profession, and
     codes of legal ethics, and strengthening           other activities, the commission seeks to secure
     bar associations to serve as advocates             equal treatment in the justice system without
     for, and protectors of, the rule of law. We        regard to sexual orientation or gender identity,
     also enhance continuing legal education            remove barriers to professional advancement,
     programs to ensure adequate mastery of             and promote diversity.
     existing and newly enacted laws.                       The commission has liaisons with 17 other
   y Women’s rights. ABA ROLI focuses on                ABA entities and will work closely with the
     assisting both government and non-gov-             National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, an
     ernmental entities in addressing women’s           affiliate entity of the ABA. In its first year, the
     rights issues such as domestic violence,           commission conducted three focus groups to
     sexual harassment in the workplace and             explore the experiences of lesbian, gay male, and
     widespread gender-based violence (including        gender variant attorneys, respectively. Though the
     systematic rape in post-conflict situations).      climate of acceptance had improved over the last
ABA ROLI’s overseas work is supported by legal          several decades, much remains to be done. In
research and assessments. The program con-              the fall of 2008, the commission hired a full-time
ducts in-depth assessments of draft legislation         staff director.



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    SOGI participated in collecting Goal III data      the public on exemplary programs that address
for 2008-2009 and, like the other diversity com-       substance abuse as well as the many problems
missions will produce a “report card”. For more        associated with illegal drug use.
information, please contact Michael Helfgott at            The committee has focused its efforts on
312-988-5830 or helfgotm@staff.abanet.org.             programs and policies that offer long-term solu-
                                                       tions to the nation’s drug problems. It provides
SPECIALIZATION                                         research, publications and technical assistance
The Standing Committee on Specialization               on such subjects as alternatives to incarcera-
administers the ABA Standards for Accreditation        tion, such as drug courts; treatment services for
of Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers.       drug-dependent persons processed through the
Since the standards were adopted in 1993, the          criminal justice system, and treatment in lieu of
committee has recommended 14 programs for              criminal prosecution in appropriate cases; educa-
ABA accreditation.                                     tion, prevention and treatment programs, espe-
    The committee is working with state and local      cially for children and young people at risk for
bar organizations, as well as private certifying       substance abuse; policies that sanction discrimi-
organizations, in an effort to amend state ethi-       nation against individuals in recovery; and state
cal rules pertaining to communication of field of      driving-under-the influence- of-drugs laws.
practice so that they recognize certified special-         The committee is co-sponsoring a national
ists and ABA accredited programs. Through an           conference of chief justices to evaluate and
annual census, the committee publishes a vari-         recommend future directions for unified fam-
ety of data on specialty certification. The census     ily courts. Titled “American Bar Association/
identifies the number of certified specialists prac-   University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center
ticing in the United States, tracks overall growth     for Families, Children and the Courts Summit
of specialty certification programs, and looks at      on Unified Family Courts: Serving Children and
specific areas in which lawyers are specializing.      Families Efficiently, Effectively and Responsibly,”
    The committee sponsors an annual Round-            the conference is scheduled for May 2007. In
table on Lawyer Specialty Certification, bringing      addition, the standing committee has received
together bar association representatives, plan         a grant from the Criminal Justice Policy Founda-
administrators and others working in the field to      tion to develop a constructive evaluation of the
discuss developments in specialization, including      federal government’s anti-drug policies to com-
ethical issues. Publications include the Concise       memorate the 35th anniversary of the enactment
Guide to Specialty Certification, a primer for enti-   of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention
ties considering specialty certification, Certifica-   and Control Act of 1970.
tion Link, a quarterly electronic newsletter, and
the State Status Report, which tracks changes          WOMEN IN THE PROFESSION
in state ethical rules relating to specialty certi-    As the national voice for women lawyers, the
fication and the adoption of state specialization      Commission on Women in the Profession helps
plans. The standing committee is working with          forge a new and better profession that ensures
the Young Lawyers Division, General Practice,          that women have equal opportunities for profes-
Solo & Small Firm Section and other ABA entities       sional growth and advancement commensurate
to expand understanding of board certification.        with their male counterparts.
                                                          Commission projects and activities include:
SUBSTANCE ABUSE                                           y Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achieve-
The Standing Committee on Substance Abuse is                 ment Awards Luncheon – This program
committed to promoting justice system reforms                recognizes and celebrates the accomplish-
that address problems associated with the illegal            ments of women lawyers. The award is
use of drugs and alcohol in this country. To carry           presented each year during the ABA Annual
out this mission, the committee collaborates with            Meeting to five outstanding women.
other ABA entities; federal, state and local public       y Women of Color Research Initiative – The
and private organizations; and state, local and              commission embarked on a groundbreaking
territorial bar associations. The committee also             research initiative to fully examine advance-
participates in an extensive range of coopera-               ment and retention issues among women
tive ventures with bar associations to address               of color in law firms. The final report, Visible
substance abuse issues in their communities,                 Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms,
and works to inform and educate lawyers and                  published in October 2006, presents the



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findings of the survey and focus group                y Women in Law Leadership Academy –
research and concludes with specific rec-                Participants are taught to take charge of
ommendations for law firms interested in                 their leadership potential, self-assess, and
retaining women of color. A follow-up report,            build their own personal leadership plans.
From Visible Invisibility to Visibly Success-            Almost 600 women lawyers attended the
ful: Success Strategies for Law Firms and                fourth WILL Academy held in Philadelphia
Women of Color in Law Firms, published in                in April 2010, and more than 800 women
August 2008, provides information, insights,             lawyers attended the second and third
and advice gathered from women of color                  leadership conferences held in 2006 and
partners in national law firms as well as an             2007 in Chicago.
examination of law firm practices that con-        Publications – Recent books/reports published
tributed to their success. The second phase        by the commission include Fair Measure: Toward
of research will focus on current and former       Effective Attorney Evaluations, 2nd Edition; Dear
Department of Justice attorneys from 1994          Sisters, Dear Daughters: Strategies for Success
to the present, regardless of gender or race,      from Multicultural Women Attorneys; and Sex-
to assess how women attorneys of color are         Based Harassment: Workplace Policies for the
faring on a comparative basis.                     Legal Profession, 2nd Edition. „




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OTHER ASSOCIATION-
    WIDE PROJECTS

  ABA PUBLISHING                                           books at a discounted price.
  ABA Publishing is the official publishing arm of       y The winner of numerous industry awards,
  the ABA, and each year is the one of the legal           the Design and Production Department is
  profession’s leaders in creating new and innova-         a unique design firm within the ABA that
  tive content, including books, periodicals and           handles publications, including periodicals
  electronic downloads. The division consists of           and books, marketing pieces, reports,
  the following departments: periodicals, book             meeting materials, web design, and brand-
  publishing, copyrights and contracts, design and         ing. This department creates and executes
  production, advertising, and print administra-           high-quality design work while providing
  tion. These departments partner with a rich ar-          counsel and service to association enti-
  ray of ABA entities to serve members, the legal          ties, staff and leaders.
  profession, and the public.                            y The Advertising Department sells adver-
     y Each year the Periodicals Department                tising space for periodicals and the Web,
        publishes and distributes to ABA members           and provides counsel on marketing and
        more than 90 award-winning print and elec-         brand strategy; promoting and presenting
        tronic periodicals, including magazines,           the unique properties of the ABA, includ-
        journals, and newsletters.                         ing advertising rate structures and special
     y The Book Publishing Department will                 issues.
        publish more than 120 new books and              y The Print Administration Department over-
        e-products in FY2009. Book Publishing pro-         sees the manufacturing and printing of all
        vides the business structure, processes,           publications produced by the entities that
        and planning for the many book publishing          work with ABA Publishing. This includes
        programs at the ABA to succeed, including          books, magazines, newsletters, marketing
        the creation and execution of strategic,           materials, and meeting materials.
        editorial and marketing plans. This depart-
        ment also manages the marketing for the        ABA WEB STORE
        ABA Web store, www.ababooks.org.               The ABA Web Store, www.ababooks.org, pro-
     y The Copyrights and Contracts Depart-            vides a single source for members and non-
        ment reviews all publishing contracts and      members to find and buy ABA content
        distribution agreements in conjunction with       y The ABA Web Store contains more than
        the ABA General Counsel’s office, provides          3,000 products that align with the associa-
        contract drafts and suggested language,             tion’s mission to improve legal education
        licenses ABA materials to third parties,            and lawyering skills, provide tools for pro-
        obtains copyrights to make it possible to           fessional development, advance the rule of
        license, handles requests to reprint ABA            law, and increase public understanding of
        materials, assigns ISBNs and registers              the law.
        books with the Library of Congress, and           y One of the goals for the ABA Web Store is
        manages the ABA Package Plan program                to become a destination and resource for
        which enables libraries to subscribe to             both the profession and the public in find-
        ABA periodicals and to purchase ABA                 ing essential legal tools.



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In June 2006, the ABA Web store was selected                 The center also offers career advancement
by Internet Retailer as one of the Top 500 Web           manuals and workbooks, as well as resumé
Sites, as well as one of the 50 fastest-growing          reviews and telephone-based career counsel-
e-retailers.                                             ing for lawyers involved in or contemplating a
                                                         job search. The center’s career enhancement
AMERICAN BAR ENDOWMENT                                   products include a business development toolkit,
With more than 30,000 policies in force, the             a sabbatical manual, and professional develop-
American Bar Endowment, an affiliate of the ABA,         ment reviews for law firms. The center’s legal ca-
has one of the largest insurance programs for            reer counselors make in-person presentations at
American lawyers and one of the only insurance           firm, bar association, and law school alumni and
programs with a charitable giving feature that           student gatherings, often with corporate support
advances the goals of the legal profession. The          for these and other projects, including a Pre-Law
ABE also offers a Charitable Gift Fund, a donor          Toolkit for School Counselors at all grade levels.
advised fund that provides ABA members a way
to advance their charitable legacy and manage            ABA CENTER FOR CONTINUING LEGAL
their wealth.                                            EDUCATION
   Through the generosity of its members who             The ABA Center for CLE serves as a central
donate their insurance dividends and the prudent         resource for the ABA and the profession for
investment of these donated funds, the ABE               up-to-the-minute, high-quality CLE distributed
provides annual charitable support to more than          through a variety of delivery formats. Working
200 law-related public service, educational, and         closely with ABA entities, ABA-CLE selects ex-
research programs of the ABA Fund for Justice            pert, diverse faculties to present MCLE accred-
and Education and American Bar Foundation. Pro-          ited educational programs and products for the
grams funded by the ABE include research on the          convenience and growth of lawyers across the
improvement of the criminal justice system and           nation and internationally.
the legal profession and projects to address the            ABA-CLE produces numerous titles available
legal needs of children, the elderly, minorities,        in a wide range of formats, including:
and victims of domestic violence. For almost 70             y National Institutes – live, multi-day semi-
years, the ABE has provided grants of more than                nars held throughout the country that
$232 million to fund law-related good works.                   provide high quality legal education by
   The ABE’s wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary,               nationally known experts, as well as oppor-
American Bar Insurance Plans Consultants, Inc.,                tunities for lawyers and faculty to establish
was established in 1989. ABI sponsors insur-                   networking opportunities.
ance programs for ABA members that do not                   y Teleconferences/Audio Webcasts – pro-
lend themselves to the Endowment’s dividend                    grams delivered live via telephone and the
contribution structure. ABI is paid compensation               Internet that cover hot topic issues, often
by the underwriters of the programs it sponsors                on a fast-track basis, and provide time for
and contributes an appropriate portion of its                  participant questions, are accessible from
net profits to the Endowment to support its                    an office, home, or even a mobile phone.
charitable work.                                            y Audio CD and DVD Packages – Most
                                                               ABA-CLE live programs are available for
CAREER RESOURCE CENTER                                         purchase as either audio CD or DVDs
The ABA Career Resource Center, working under                  with printed course materials. Some are
the guidance of the Section Officers Conference,               studio-produced DVDs that include dra-
provides information to lawyers, law and pre-law               matizations, demonstrations, and other
students to enrich their career choices and job                visual effects to enhance the content and
satisfaction. The center’s Career Counsel Web                  help lawyers understand the seminar topic
site, www.abanet.org/careercounsel, centralizes                quickly and easily. Many of these programs
ABA-wide career information. In addition, the                  can be incorporated into in-house training
center’s Web site features Attorney By Attorney                programs. Additional course materials can
profiles highlighting lawyers’ varied career paths,            also be purchased.
includes weekly tips for job search and career              y Online Courses – ABA-CLE offers a compre-
development, and incorporates monthly updated                  hensive collection of online video and au-
feature articles from a variety of ABA entities on             dio courses. Lawyers can listen and watch
finding jobs and enhancing legal careers.                      the nation’s leading legal experts from their



                                                      OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES 33
      desktops at work or in the comfort of their     establishes legislative and governmental priori-
      own homes. Online courses, many of which        ties for the association, based on a nationwide
      are free, include downloadable course ma-       survey of bar leaders. The ABA is a non-partisan,
      terials in protected document format and        voluntary membership organization, and has no
      simply require access to the Internet.          political action committee.
Podcasts and Audio/Video Downloads – ABA-CLE
offers most courses as audio and/or video down-       LEGAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE CENTER
loads via the ABA-CLE website and as a subscrip-      The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center is
tion via iTunes, offering legal professionals the     the starting point for lawyers seeking information
option of downloading programs to their comput-       about implementing and understanding technol-
ers and to MP3 players such as the iPod™.             ogy, and has been providing practice technology
                                                      services to association members since 1985.
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICE                           The LTRC provides a hotline for ABA members to
The ABA is actively involved in public policy de-     get help with technology questions, and the Cen-
bate and development before Congress, the Ex-         ter’s Web site at www.lawtechnology.org provides
ecutive Branch, and other governmental bodies,        resources including a library of training videos,
lobbying on approximately 100 issues each year.       technology discounts, articles, presentations, the
The ABA’s Governmental Affairs Office serves as       ABA Site-tation blog, discussion lists, surveys,
the “eyes, ears and voice” of the organized bar       comparison charts, and more.
in the nation’s capital.                                  LTRC staff develops resources and provide
    The GAO coordinates the association’s             guidance on wide-ranging issues such as the
Washington activities, and all representation on      intersection of ethics and technology, choosing
behalf of the ABA before governmental entities or     law office hardware and software, and harness-
officials. The GAO conveys the views of the asso-     ing Web 2.0. The Center publishes the annual
ciation on a broad range of issues each year. The     Legal Technology Survey Report that provides a
ABA testifies regularly before Congress, provides     comprehensive overview of how the legal profes-
other expert background via letters and briefings,    sion uses technology. Center staff is active in
and files amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on       outreach and participates in educational confer-
key cases of relevance.                               ences for lawyers around the country, speaking
    The ABA is keenly focused on federal govern-      at ABA TECHSHOW and at programs for state
ment action regarding such issues as: indepen-        and local bars, as well as speaking to librarians
dence of the judiciary and of the legal profession,   and other legal professional groups. The Center
access to legal services, criminal justice im-        also provides support for initiatives from the
provements, and anti-terrorism and preservation       Standing Committee on Technology and Informa-
of due process. The ABA’s Board of Governors          tion Systems. „




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                                                                                 WEB PAGE INDEX

ABA HOMEPAGE .................................................................................................. www.abanet.org/

SECTIONS ............................................................................................................ www.abanet.org/
Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice .............................................................................adminlaw
Antitrust Law .......................................................................................................................... antitrust
Business Law .......................................................................................................................... buslaw
Criminal Justice .......................................................................................................................crimjust
Dispute Resolution .................................................................................................................. dispute
Environment, Energy and Resources ..........................................................................................environ
Family Law .................................................................................................................................family
Health Law ............................................................................................................................... health
Individual Rights and Responsibilities ............................................................................................... irr
Intellectual Property Law ........................................................................................................ intelprop
International ..............................................................................................................................intlaw
Labor and Employment Law .......................................................................................................... labor
Law Practice Management .............................................................................................................lpm
Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar ................................................................................legaled
Litigation ...............................................................................................................................litigation
Public Contract Law ................................................................................................................ contract
Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law ................................................................ pubutil
Real Property, Probate and Trust Law ............................................................................................. rppt
Science and Technology Law .....................................................................................................scitech
State and Local Government Law ........................................................................................... statelocal
Taxation .........................................................................................................................................tax
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice .....................................................................................................tips

DIVISIONS ............................................................................................................ www.abanet.org/
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm ................................................................................ genpractice
Government and Public Sector Lawyers ...................................................................................... govpub
Judicial Division ...............................................................................................................................jd
Law Student Division ......................................................................................................................lsd
Senior Lawyers Division .........................................................................................................srlawyers
Young Lawyers Division .................................................................................................................... yld




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FORUMS .............................................................................................................. www.abanet.org/
Affordable Housing and Community Development Law .............................................................affordable
Air and Space Law ......................................................................................................forums/airspace
Communications Law ........................................................................................ forums/communication
Construction Industry ........................................................................................... forums/construction
Entertainment and Sports Industries ......................................................................... forums/entsports
Franchising ............................................................................................................ forums/franchising

STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS .............................. www.abanet.org/
Amicus Curiae Briefs, Standing Committee .................................................................................amicus
Bioethics and the Law, Special Committee on ......................................................... publicserv/bioethics
Center for Professional Responsibility ..............................................................................................cpr
Client Protection, Standing Committee on ........................................................ cpr/clientpro/home.html
Delivery of Legal Services, Standing Committee on .............................. legalservices/delivery/home.html
Domestic Violence, Commission on .......................................................................................... domviol
Election Law, Standing Committee on ...................................................... publicserv/election/home.html
Environmental Law, Standing Committee on .................................... publicserv/environmental/home.html
Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Standing Committee on ..................... cpr/committees/scepr.html
Evaluation, Standing Committee on ........................................................................ cpr/e2k/home.html
Federal Judicial Improvements, Standing Committee on ................................................. scfji/home.html
Federal Judiciary, Standing Committee on ............................................................................... scfedjud/
Gavel Awards, Standing Committee on ............................................................................publiced/gavel
Governmental Affairs, Standing Committee on .............................................................................poladv
Group and Prepaid Legal Services, Standing Committee on .................. legalservices/prepaid/home.html
Judicial Independence, Standing Committee on ........................................................................... judind
Law and Aging ............................................................................................................................ aging
Law and National Security, Standing Committee on ............................................................... natsecurity
Law Library of Congress, Standing Committee on ............................................................. publicserv/loc
Lawyer Referral and Information Service, Standing Committee on ................legalservices/lris/home.html
Lawyers’ Professional Liability, Standing Committee on ................................legalservices/lpl/home.html
Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, Standing Committee on ....................legalservices/sclaid/home.html
Legal Assistance for Military Personnel,Standing Committee on ..... legalservices/probono/soc/lamp.html
Medical Professional Liability, Standing Committee on .................... dch/committee.cfm?com=sc129400
Mental and Physical Disability Law, Commission on ................................................ disability/home.html
Multijurisdictional Practice, Commission on ............................................................. cpr/mjp/home.html
Paralegals, Standing Committee on ......................................... legalservices/legalassistants/home.html
Pro Bono and Public Service, Standing Committee on ...........................................legalservices/probono
Professionalism, Standing Committee on ................................................cpr/professionalism/scop.html
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, Commission on .................................minorities/home.html
Solo and Small Firm Practitioners, Standing Committee on .............................................................. solo
Specialization, Standing Committee on ...................................... legalservices/specialization/home.html
Substance Abuse, Standing Committee on ............................................................................. subabuse
Technology and Information Systems, Standing Committee on ........ dch/committee.cfm?com=SC136080
OTHER ENTITIES .................................................................................................. www.abanet.org/
Bar Services Division ............................................................................................................... barserv
CEELI ......................................................................................................................................... ceeli
Continuing Legal Education ............................................................................................................. cle
Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project .............................................. moratorium/home.html
Death Penalty Representation Project ............................................................................... deathpenalty
Gun Violence, Coordinating Committee on .................................................................................. gunviol
Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono ..........................................................immigration/home.html
International Liaison Office .........................................................................................................liaison
Justice Center, Coordinating Council of the ..................................................... justicecenter/council.html
Legal Services Division ...................................................................................................... legalservice
Media Relations and Communication Services Division ................................................................ media
Professional Responsibility, Center for ........................................................................... cpr/home.html
Public Education Division ........................................................................................................ publiced




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