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543 ABA Journal Annual Meeting articles.

With political will, global community could solve refugee problem, says former UN official
There are more displaced people internationally now than at any point since World War II, says Alex Aleinikoff, a former Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at the United Nations. But the problem is manageable, he says—if there's the political will to deal with the problem.
ABA House urges legal employers not to require mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims
After a year in which sexual harassment in the workplace has taken center stage, the ABA’s House of Delegates voted Tuesday to urge legal employers not to require mandatory arbitration of such claims.
ABA needs ‘smart, resourceful and agile thinking,’ says president-elect Judy Perry Martinez

“As to those challenges facing our association, you have already, in this House, undertaken actions during this meeting that will drive greater stability,” ABA President-elect Judy Perry Martinez said in her Tuesday speech.

ABA resolution urges federal government to immediately cease separating immigrant families

The ABA House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on Congress and the executive branch to end the separation of immigrant families and protect their legal claims.

House resolutions decry over-discipline in schools, urge tech access for those with disabilities
Technological access for those with disabilities and curbing the school-to-prison pipeline were the focus of two resolutions brought by the Commission on Disability Rights before the ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday. Both were passed with overwhelming support.
Congress should exempt Puerto Rico from shipping law, ABA House says
A nearly century-old shipping regulation is hampering Puerto Rico's economic and physical recovery in the wake of Hurricane Maria last year, and Congress should enact legislation to permanently exempt the island, the ABA House of Delegates declared in a vote on Tuesday.
ABA House overwhelmingly adopts new standards for care of unaccompanied immigrant minors
The ABA’s House of Delegates agreed Tuesday to adopt standards for how the federal government should treat unaccompanied immigrant minors.
ABA House urges Congress to protect transgender service members in the military
The ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday voted for a resolution in support of transgender service members in the military, calling on the federal government "to recognize that service by persons who otherwise meet the standards for accession or retention, as applicable, in the United States Armed Forces should not be restricted, and transgender persons should not be discriminated against, based on gender identity."
Model code of conduct for state administrative law judges adopted by ABA House
State administrative law judges aren’t covered by judicial conduct rules for judicial-branch judges, but many states don’t have adequate rules for protecting their independence, North Carolina chief administrative law judge Julian Mann III told the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting on Monday in Chicago.
Plan to drop law school entry exam requirement withdrawn before ABA House vote
The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar withdrew a resolution before the ABA House of Delegates on Monday that called for cutting Standard 503, which requires an exam for law school admission, and beefing up Standard 501 to include the use of admission credentials and academic attrition when determining accreditation compliance.
Chicago mayor tells ABA to ‘continue to find your voice’ and defend the rule of law

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise appearance before the ABA House of Delegates on Monday, praising the association for its efforts to promote the rule of law and criticizing…

House adopts trio of resolutions on gender, family and sexual orientation

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ABA adopts guidelines aimed at preventing fines and fees that penalize poverty
The ABA House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a set of guidelines Monday evening aimed at stopping incarceration of people solely because they can’t pay court fines and fees.
New membership model will mean lower dues, free CLE and customized content for ABA members

A new dues structure that starts in September 2019 was overwhelmingly approved by the ABA House of Delegates on Monday during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The new dues will be put in place starting with Fiscal Year 2020.

‘Together, we will thrive,’ says incoming ABA President Robert Carlson
Incoming ABA President Robert M. Carlson emphasized his role as the steward of the American Bar Association in his speech before the ABA House of Delegates on Monday.

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