The American Bar Association hosts an annual ABA at the Capitol. “ABA Day” is an annual gathering of bar leaders from around the country who visit with legislators in Washington, DC. This year’s April 21-22 event will be targeted solely on access to justice issues – including increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation- a matter of critical importance in light of the decreased income for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) programs and other funding decreases and the increased legal needs due to the economic crisis.
The ABA sponsors this program believing that it is crucial for Congress to hear directly from bar leaders as constituents. The Obama Administration and the 111th Congress are considering legislation and policies of great importance to the nation and the justice system. With a new Congress and Administration, the ABA emphasizes this is an important time to establish relationships with new members and staff, so that lawyers can continue to advocate to restore funding for the Legal Services Corporation and to help Americans with legal problems who are struggling through this economic crisis.
ABA Day includes a free CLE event on Tuesday, April 21: from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ABA Governmental Affairs Director Tom Susman will lead a FREE two hour CLE program on lobbying and ethics.
ABA Day includes materials and training for participants and a schedule of events that can be found at: http://www.abanet.org/poladv/abaday09/. All of these resources are free to state bar leader participants who register by March 14th (otherwise a late fee of $100 per person applies for registrations on/after March 15th).