American Bar Association (ABA)
- Homepage: http://www.abanet.org/
November 2001: "With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public." http://www.abanet.org/about/home.html
November 2014: "In Washington state, the American Civil Liberties Union and others sued the cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington in 2011 for their treatment of indigent misdemeanor defendants. Like many municipalities, the cities contract with private lawyers. The federal judge handling the case said evidence showed individual lawyer caseloads in those towns ran as high as 1,000 annually—more than twice the maximum recommended by the American Bar Association and others."http://online.wsj.com/articles/justice-is-swift-as-petty-crimes-clog-courts-1417404782
March 2013: "According to the World Justice Project, a nonprofit group promoting the rule of law that got its start through the American Bar Association, the United States ranks 66th out of 98 countries in access to and affordability of civil legal services."http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/16/us/16gideon.html
February 2008: "Civilian attorneys have not yet been appointed to represent, at the forthcoming trial, the five who were held in CIA custody. The American Bar Association, which the Pentagon had said would help arrange such representation, has refused to participate because it objects to the trial procedures. Those appointed must obtain security clearances and sign highly restrictive agreements barring them from discussing anything their clients say."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/12/AR2008021203042.html
September 2007: Three Democratic presidential candidates have signed on to Senate legislation that would overturn the court's decision. The House already has acted, approving the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on July 31. The American Bar Association passed a resolution supporting Ledbetter and the legislation at its convention last month.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/04/AR2007090401900.html
June 2007: This summer, recommendations for national standards will be released by a group of psychiatrists, lawyers and others led by the American Bar Association, suggesting that people be prevented from voting only if they cannot indicate, with or without help, “a specific desire to participate in the voting process.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/19/us/19vote.html
January 2007: Some Education Department officials said the ABA's new standard effectively promotes quotas and could force schools in states that ban affirmative action to break the law. Some civil rights organizations said the new standards did not go far enough 'to stem the decline' in minority enrollments in law schools.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/07/AR2007010700997.html
January 2007: Some organizations, including the American Bar Association, have called for a congressionally ordered, court-appointed system for the indigent and mentally ill. But backers concede that the idea has little viability as tension simmers over illegal immigration. Lawyers have made little headway in courts by arguing that the absence of counsel violates immigrants' due process rights.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/07/AR2007010701281.html
August 2001: Backers of an initiative to overhaul legal ethics rules, allowing lawyers more leeway to disclose client confidences to prevent fraud, injury or death, won a partial victory at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in Chicago this week.http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/08/national/08ETHI.html
October 2006: Some legal experts say that recusal should be the rule and not the exception. Indeed, in 1999, the American Bar Association revised its Model Code of Judicial Conduct to require judges to disqualify themselves if they received campaign contributions of a certain amount from a party or its lawyer. But the bar association did not name an amount, leaving it to the states should they adopt the code. No state has adopted it.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/us/01judges.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Owner of (partial or full, past or present) American Bar Association Source Oct 30, 2008 Member (past or present) American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Organization Mar 1, 2005 Founder/Co-Founder of World Justice Project Organization Mar 16, 2013 Member (past or present) Joseph E. Bachelder Esq. Person May 12, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Member (past or present) Stephen J. Bronis Esq. Person Apr 28, 2006 Member (past or present) Organization Executive (past or present) James Michael Cole Esq. Person Jun 27, 2013 Member (past or present) Prof. Charles Elson Person May 12, 2004 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Michael S. Greco Esq. Person Jul 27, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Robert E. Hirshon Person Organization Executive (past or present) Robin Maher Person May 7, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) William H. Neukom Esq. Person Mar 16, 2013 Advised by (past or present) Trevor Potter Esq. Person Oct 20, 2006 Member (past or present) Advised by (past or present) Prof. William G. Ross Esq. Person Jul 4, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Charles P. Sabatino Esq. Person May 13, 2005 Member (past or present) Advised by (past or present) Virginia E. Sloan Esq. Person Jul 3, 2007 Member (past or present) Neal R. Sonnett Esq. Person Sep 2, 2003
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 30, 2014 Justice Is Swift as Petty Crimes Clog Courts: Cases Adjudicated in Minutes or Less, Often Without Lawyers
QUOTE: Years of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation have flooded the American court system with misdemeanor cases—relatively small-time crimes such as public drunkenness, loitering or petty theft. The state courts that handle such charges often resemble assembly lines where time is in short supply, according to judges and lawyers who work in the courts. Many poor defendants, despite their right to court-appointed legal counsel, don’t get lawyers, and those who do often receive scant help in the rush to resolve cases.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Mar 15, 2013 Right to Lawyer Can Be Empty Promise for Poor
QUOTE: Fifty years ago, on March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that those accused of a crime have a constitutional right to a lawyer whether or not they can afford one.... the promise inherent in the Gideon ruling remains unfulfilled... Civil matters — including legal issues like home foreclosure, job loss, spousal abuse and parental custody — were not covered by the decision. Today, many states and counties do not offer lawyers to the poor in major civil disputes, and in some criminal ones as well. Those states that do are finding that more people than ever are qualifying for such help, making it impossible to keep up with the need.
New York Times Jun 18, 2011 Lawyers and Accountants Once Put Integrity First
QUOTE: as our economy fitfully heals, it would be prudent to ask whether lawyers and accountants offer the same protection against corporate misconduct that they once did. Three or four decades ago, investors and regulators could rely on these professionals to provide a check on corporate risk-taking. But over time, attorneys and auditors came to see their practices not as independent firms that strengthen the integrity of capitalism, but as businesses measured chiefly by the earnings of their partners.
New York Times Apr 30, 2011 Law Students Lose the Grant Game as Schools Win
QUOTE: [grading at many law schools] all but ensures that a certain number of students... lose their scholarships and wind up paying full tuition in their second and third years...
New York Times Apr 28, 2011 How the Law Accepted Gays
QUOTE: Gay-rights supporters have transformed the law and the legal profession, opening the doors of law firms, law schools and courts to people who were once casually and cruelly shut out because of their sexual orientation.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Consider the Worst Case With Zipcar
QUOTE: (Zipcar) has paid no penalty for leaving customers exposed to enormous legal judgments if they get in a serious accident. It caps the liability insurance coverage it provides for members at $300,000 per incident, no matter how many people they may hurt.
New York Times Aug 04, 2009 Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims
QUOTE: For years, the thickly forested hills and clear, deep lakes of eastern Congo have been a reservoir of atrocities. Now, it seems, there is another growing problem: men raping men.
New York Times Jul 29, 2009 Immigration detention centers failed to meet standards, report says
QUOTE: The federal government routinely failed to follow its own standards regulating immigration detention centers across the country...
Los Angeles Times Jul 15, 2009 Who does the law favor in Jackson children custody case?
QUOTE: states increasingly are recognizing a child's primary caregiver as a legitimate challenger to parental rights.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 06, 2009 In Two States, a Lower Bar for Conviction (Sidebar)
QUOTE: ...Oregon is one of only two states that does not require juries to reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases. Like Louisiana, it allows convictions by a vote of 10-to-2. ...defense lawyers say the rule was designed to make obtaining convictions easier.
New York Times Apr 06, 2009 Pinched Courts Push to Collect Fees and Fines
QUOTE: Ms. Gainous has been caught up in the state’s [Florida] exceptionally aggressive system to collect the court fines and fees that keep its judiciary system working. Judges themselves dun residents who have fallen behind in their payments, but unlike other creditors, they can throw debtors in jail — and they do, by the thousands.
New York Times Feb 13, 2008 Rules for Lawyers Of Detainees Are Called Onerous: Fair, Adequate Defense Questioned
QUOTE: Months before the trials of some of the detainees are set to begin, some of the attorneys say the Defense Department's regulations for their work [defending detainees at Guantanamo Bay] are so onerous that they will be unable to provide a fair and adequate defense of their clients.
Washington Post Feb 13, 2008 Religion Joins Custody Cases, to Judges’ Unease
QUOTE: Across the country, child-custody disputes in which religion is the flash point are increasing...for constitutional reasons, judges are reluctant to base their rulings primarily on the religious preferences of parents.
New York Times Sep 05, 2007 Exhibit A in Painting Court as Too Far Right
QUOTE: The business community is scrambling to fight what would be the first legislative initiative of the Democratically controlled Congress to overturn a decision by the emerging conservative majority on the court, headed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Washington Post Aug 15, 2007 Beyond Padilla terror case, huge legal issues: His detention and interrogation in the US raises basic constitutional questions.
QUOTE: Many legal scholars and intelligence experts say Padilla's ordeal highlights the danger of a government that obtains information through secret, coercive means and then selectively releases some of it to justify its actions.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 29, 2007 Bush Aide Blocked Report: Global Health Draft In 2006 Rejected for Not Being Political
QUOTE: A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's policy accomplishments...
Washington Post Jul 11, 2007 Visit gone awry: Detention roils a US-German family
QUOTE: cases like Shehadeh's, as well as critical reviews of detention facilities by DHS and civil-rights groups, indicate the enormous challenges in ensuring that the urgent effort to make the US more secure doesn't come at the expense of personal dignity and constitutional protections.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 03, 2007 Federal Judge Files Complaint Against Prosecutor in Boston
QUOTE: Citing “extraordinary misconduct by the Department of Justice,” the chief judge of the Federal District Court in Boston has filed an unusual disciplinary complaint against a federal prosecutor there...
New York Times Jun 25, 2007 New Scrutiny as Immigrants Die in Custody
QUOTE: as the immigration detention system balloons to meet demands for stricter enforcement of immigration laws, deaths in custody — and the secrecy and confusion around them — are drawing increased scrutiny from lawmakers and from government investigators.
New York Times Jun 24, 2007 Ethics Survey Finds Lawyers Lower The Bar
QUOTE: Nearly half of all lawyers don't see an ethical problem with [collecting 12 hours' pay for 8 hours of work]. The American Bar Association and the Florida Bar condemn the practice, called "double billing."
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