American Bar Association 2009 Chicago Annual Meeting: Monday, Aug. 3 – Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009
CHICAGO, July 31, 2009 —Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will address the policy-making House of Delegates of the American Bar Association Monday at 2:30 p.m. during the association’s 2009 Annual Meeting. The meeting is being held July 30 – Aug. 4 in Chicago.
On Monday Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will speak at the ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards Luncheon, to be held from noon – 2:30 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom, Green Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago. Awardees include Hope Olsson of Rochester, N.Y.; Gordon P. Erspamer of San Francisco; the firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manes; the Federal Government Pro Bono Program at the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies; and the Holocaust Survivors Justice Network.
With more than 1,500 top-quality legal programs and events, and presentations by the foremost law experts and speakers, the ABA Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals.
The 555-member House of Delegates will meet Monday and Tuesday in the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Ballroom, Gold Level, East Tower to consider policy recommendations and vote on resolutions. During the Monday meeting, William H. Gates Sr., co-chair of the William and Melinda Gates Foundation, will receive the ABA Medal, the association’s highest honor.
Among the recommendations that are expected to be debated by the House include ones that:
- Adopt Eight Guidelines of Public Defense Related to Excessive Workloads, offering responses for public defense programs confronted with too many cases (Report 119)
- Call for a national study of the state of criminal justice to consider ways to reduce crime, lower incarceration rates, save tax money, enhance fairness and accuracy and increase public confidence in the criminal justice system (Report 111B)
- Encourage corporations to make more pro bono legal help available to consumers facing credit, mortgage, bankruptcy and other issues by waiving “positional conflicts of interest,” freeing their lawyers to volunteer (Report 102A)
- Amend association Election Administrations Guidelines and Commentary with respect to provisional ballots to require poll workers to direct voters to their correct precinct locale (Report 116)
A proposal to support federal legislation ensuring universal access to quality health care for Americans may be added to the House agenda.
A second newly filed report would support federal laws to improve regulation of U.S. financial institutions and markets, and subject similar consumer financial products and services to equivalent regulation regardless of the charter or legal structure of the institutions providing them. Those are among a series of policies that would be supported if the report is adopted.
For details and updates on these and more than two dozen proposals for debate and vote by the House, check this site.
No proposal constitutes association policy unless and until the House of Delegates adopts it. Some offerings may be withdrawn, while other measures can be submitted up until the afternoon of Aug. 2. Any measure can be amended until it is taken to a vote.
During the Annual Meeting, a press room for working journalists will be set up at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Riverside Center, Purple Level, East Tower, and will be open for on-site media registration at 8 a.m. on July 30. Thereafter the press room will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Aug. 4.
With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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