Conferences & conventions, Pro bono publico legal services, and Crime victims
Presents news dealing with members of the American Bar Association (ABA), current as of January 1984. Preview of 1984 midyear meeting of the ABA in Las Vegas, Nevada; Increase in number of organized pro bono publico programs in the United States; Report on fair treatment of crime victims and witnesses.
Legislative bills, Military law -- United States, Insanity (Law), Suffrage -- United States, People with disabilities, and Suffrage
Presents updates on legislative bills introduced into the U.S. Congress, compiled as of February 1984. Key provisions of military law amendments signed into law on December 6, 1983; Prospects for legislative action on insanity defense legislation; Legislation on the voting rights of the aged and the physically handicapped.
War & emergency powers -- United States, Executive power -- United States, Foreign relations of the United States, and Separation of powers
Presents contrasting views on the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which restricts the authority of the U.S. president to deploy troops in a long, undeclared presidential war. Activism of the U.S. Congress in foreign policy; Concerns over an imperial presidency; Problems with the resolution; Congress' role in the decisions to go to war as envisioned by the authors of the Constitution.
Reports on developments in the United States Congress as of March 1984 concerning lawyers and the legal profession. Suit filed by Congress to restrict the pocket veto power of the president; Congressional funding for the Legal Services Corp. despite the efforts by the Reagan administration to put the company out of business.
Conferences & conventions, Crime victims, Judges, and Judgments (Law)
Reports about the growing concern for the victims of crime in the United States. Civil judgment in Indiana against a crime suspect that has never been formally charged of the crime; Conference of judges in Reno in December 1983 on the plight of crime victims; Constitutionality of the crime victims' movement. INSET: Let all men know. . ..
Law, Nuclear accidents, Actions & defenses (Law) -- United States, and Government liability -- United States
Reports on the decision of the United States Supreme Court in 'Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee Corp.' regarding the availability of state law remedies to persons injured by nuclear accidents. Holding against the pre-emption of state tort remedies by the federal law based on a review of legislative history; Lack of any federal remedy for injuries sustained in nuclear accidents; Regulatory structure created by the U.S. Congress.
Comments on a legislative proposal in the U.S. Congress that would prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. Relation of drinking age prohibitions to regulations of liquor establishments; Constitutional obstacles to the establishment of federal regulations to address the problem of drunk driving.
Comments on a legislative proposal in the U.S. Congress that would prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. Statistics on traffic accidents involving teenagers; Rationale for a nationwide drinking age requirement; Connection between minimum drinking age and drunk driving fatalities.
Reports on the legislative proposal in the U.S. Congress that would prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. Minimum age requirements enacted in various states; Legal issues that could arise from the establishment of federal rules.
Conferences & conventions and Lawyers -- United States
Reports on U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger's speech on the state of the legal profession during the American Bar Association's mid-1984 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Burger's views on lawyer advertising; Issues related to rising legal fees; Disciplinary procedures for lawyers.
Provides information on the 106th annual meeting of the American Bar Association which will be held from August 2 to 9, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois. Purposes of the meeting; Participants of the event; Topics to be discussed.
Focuses on the problem facing the U.S. Congress with regard to the proposal for bankruptcy jurisdiction as of March 1984. Passage of H.R. 5174, which provides for Article 1 status for bankruptcy judges; Advantage of the approval of adjunct status for the American Bar Association; Failure of the Congress to agree on the structure of bankruptcy courts and the status of bankruptcy judges.
Appellate procedure, District courts, and Social security -- Law & legislation
Emphasizes that a direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is mandated when a federal district court in a civil proceeding, to which the government is a party, holds an act of Congress constitutional. Significance of the Social Security Act; Decision of the court in the case Heckler v. Edwards.
Announces that the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates has approved an international goal for the association in June 1984. Purpose of the new goal; Number of bar associations that were invited to attend the annual ABA meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
Constitutional conventions and United States federal budget
Reports that the United States Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to establish procedures for a convention anticipating that the requisite number of states may request a national constitutional convention on the balanced budget amendment. Procedures by which Congress would call a convention; Important provisions of the procedures for a convention.
Lawyers, Legislative bills, and Immigration law -- United States
Reports on legislation pending at the United States Congress as of September 1984. Organized bar's lack of strong support for two bills that would permit attorneys to conduct voir dire in federal civic and criminal trials; Erosion of support for the immigration reform bill.
Reports that the Senate has approved J. Harvie Wilkinson III's nomination to be a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Fourth District. Controversies regarding Wilkinson's nomination; Proceedings of the evaluation on whether Wilkinson was fit for the job; Other issues and concerns relevant to Wilkinson's nomination.
United States presidential election, 1984 and Election monitoring
Reports on the debate over the use of exit polls a system of surveying United States voters as they leave the voting place. Background on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit case of a Washington state exit polling; Adoption of a resolution by the U.S. Congress that calls on television networks to refrain voluntarily from using exit polls to project elections before all state voting places are closed; Comments of ABC News vice president George Watson on the resolution.
Negotiation, Conferences & conventions, and Lawyers -- United States
Reports on the issues discussed at a negotiation seminar for lawyers in the United States, sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section of General Practice during the association's annual meeting in 1984. Critical factors in negotiation; Preparation for negotiations; Tactics of lawyers in negotiating.