Statement of Stephen N. Zack, President, American Bar Association Re: DOJ Distribution of Funds for Prosecutor and Public Defender Loan Forgiveness
Prosecutors and public defenders are heroes in our criminal justice system. That’s why the American Bar Association hails the release of millions in funding to relieve some of the student loan burden carried by these hard-working, very modestly paid lawyers. Senator Durbin in particular should be commended for helping meet the promise made in the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Act.
This is a great step that rewards dedication to public service. The ABA looks forward to continued efforts regarding debt relief for young lawyers, especially in light of the continuing economic uncertainties facing them.
With nearly 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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