President Zack Statement Re: Japan and Pacific Rim Earthquake and Tsunami
The American Bar Association extends to the people of Japan and the entire Pacific Rim, including our members in the region and their families, friends and colleagues, our deep condolences and full support following this morning’s terrible earthquake and tsunami. The initial reports present a devastating picture. We hope that the amount of suffering and number of casualties will be much lower than expected.
The American Bar Association has a long history of friendship with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. Our organization and many of its leaders also have a long-term friendship with Akira Kawamura, the president of the International Bar Association. We hope that Kawamura-sensei, his family, friends, and colleagues, as well as our colleagues with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and their families, friends, and colleagues, are safe at this time.
The American Bar Association stands with the people of Japan and the Japanese legal community, and we are ready to assist in whatever way we can.
Media Contact: Stephanie Ortbals-Tibbs, 202/662-1091, Stephanie.OrtbalsTibbs@americanbar.org.