Recommendations to be Considered by the House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting

July 15, 2008

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates will consider a number of resolutions at its annual meeting in Honolulu on August 7 and 8. If adopted, these resolutions become official policy of the Association. The ABA, maintaining that it serves as the national representative of the legal profession, may then engage in lobbying or advocacy of these policies on behalf of its members. At this meeting, recommendations scheduled to be debated include state tort law preemption, a “civil Gideon,” gender identity discrimination, and capital punishment. For more on recommendations concerning presidential signing statements and law school diversity requirements, please see separate articles in this issue. What follows is a review of some of the resolutions that will be considered in Honolulu.

Recommendations to be Considered by the House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting