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. . ..
ACTIONS & defenses (Law), LAW, NUCLEAR accidents, 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.
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.
SOCIAL security, APPELLATE procedure, DISTRICT courts, and 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, LAWYERS, and CONFERENCES & conventions
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.
BAIL, CRIMINAL law, ARREST, CRIMINAL sentencing, and LEGAL status of crime victims
Examines key provisions of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1984. Setting of bail conditions; Procedures for pretrial detention; Revision of sentencing requirements; Fund for victims of crime.
LAWYERS, CONFERENCES & conventions, and PRACTICE of law
Reports that general practitioners living in Poulsbo, Washington, have been holding annual conventions celebrating their law practice within the town. Guests invited for the August 1, 1985, convention in Poulsbo; Topics discussed during the continuing legal education classes held in conjunction with the annual convention.
ACTIONS & defenses (Law), LAWYERS, and MEDICAL malpractice
Discloses that majority of lawyers in private practice in the United States oppose a bill that will be introduced in the 99th Congress to restructure the rules for medical malpractice suits. Provision of the law for doctors and hospitals to make settlement offers to claimants for net economic losses with a certain period of time; Arguments of the lawyers in opposing the bill.
BANKRUPTCY, BUSINESS failures -- Law & legislation, and COMMERCIAL law
Discusses changes enacted by the United States Congress in Chapters 7, 11 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Act. Impact on individuals, joint debtors and small businesses; Changes in jurisdictions over bankruptcy filings; Technical and conforming amendments; Conditions for filing a petition after the dismissal of an earlier petition.
Focuses on the outcome of the 1985 midyear meeting of the American Bar Association. Examination of minority problems; Improvement in defense services in capital cases; Policy proposals on nuclear weapons.
EQUAL rights -- United States, JUDICIAL process, and LEGISLATIVE bills
Comments on a bill that proposes the re-authorization of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) statute in the U.S. Legal justification for the implementation of the EAJA; Key stipulations of the bill; Policy implications on judicial processes and the justice system.
CONFERENCES & conventions, COURTS -- United States, and JUDICIAL selection & appointment
Focuses on a debate during the American Bar Association (ABA) midyear meeting regarding the federal judiciary and distinguished cronyism in the United States. Panel of judges; Political cronyism in the selection process; Problems associated with an advisory conversation between a chief justice and a president on federal bench candidates.
CONFERENCES & conventions, JUDGES -- United States, and COURTS -- United States
Features the edited text of the report of the Chief Justice of the United States, delivered at the midyear meeting of the American Bar Association in Detroit, Michigan on February 7, 1985. Changes in the structure of the judicial system; Steady growth of case filings; Signed opinions of the Supreme Court; Conflicts at the court of appeals level; Efforts to lessen the Supreme Court caseload.
Reports on the American Bar Association's stand on various legislative issues facing the U.S. Congress in 1985. Support for tax simplification; Opposition to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's regulation of lawyers; Funding of the U.S. Legal Services Corp.
FEDERAL government, COMMERCIAL law, JUDGMENTS (Law), and CONFESSION (Law)
Presents updates on decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, compiled as of May 1985. Limits of the power of the U.S. Congress under the commerce clause to regulate the activities of state and local governments; Validity of a suspect's confession after subsequently receiving Miranda warnings.
LAWYERS' fees and LEGAL status of parents of children with disabilities
Focuses on a legislation in the U.S. Congress that would allow parents of handicapped children to recover attorney's fees when going to court to obtain appropriate public education for their children. Key provisions of the bill; Court case which drove legislators to introduce the bill.
Reports on key issues and developments relevant to computer crime laws and legislation in the U.S. compiled as of July 1985. Losses incurred resulting from computer crimes; Computer crime bills under consideration; Amendment of the federal criminal code; Implications on laws governing computer crimes.
Reports on the proposal by the American Bar Association to reform the grand jury system at both the state and federal levels. Recommendations to allow attorneys in the grand jury room; Growth in the practice of summoning attorneys before grand juries to testify and produce records that they have obtained in confidence from their clients; Implications on laywers and the practice of law.
JUDICIAL selection & appointment, PRESIDENTS of the United States, and UNITED States legislators
Discusses the appointment of justices to fill the U.S. Supreme Court. Incentive of the U.S. President to control judicial treatment of his program; Constitutional duty of a senator to exercise independent judgment over the appointment; Independence of the judiciary branch; Practices in the Supreme Court appointment process.
LAWYERS, CONFERENCES & conventions, and TERRORISM -- United States
Focuses on the encouragement given by President Ronald Reagan for lawyers to address strategies to fight terrorism in the country during his speech at the 1985 American Bar Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. INSET: Meese rips Court.
Comments on the need for groups favoring tort reform in the United States to consider how their proposals fit into the entire legal picture according to discussions at the 1985 American Bar Association (ABA) meeting in Washington, D.C. Mistake of any profession to view the legal system only in light of its own interests according to participants.
CRIMINAL justice system and CONFERENCES & conventions
Forecasts reforms in the criminal justice system in the United States according to discussions at the 1985 American Bar Association (ABA) meeting in Washington, D.C. Predictions that plea bargaining will disappear; Experiments in courtrooms to allow cameras during trials of public interest.
Reports that legislators in the United States voted against a legislative resolution urging federal, state and local governments to adopt legislation that prohibits discrimination against gays. Emphasis on the civil rights dimension of the legislation according to advocate, Dan Bradley.
CONFERENCES & conventions and TEENAGERS -- Substance use
Reports that the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates approved a set of recommendations to deal with substance abuse among teenagers in the country. Recommendations to raise the minimum drinking age; Opposition to proposed corporal punishment in institutions where offending teenagers are rehabilitated.
Focuses on the 'National Conference on Court Delay Reduction' which aims to study methods to reduce court delay and litigation costs in the U.S., coordinated by the National Center for State Courts. Use of alternative methods of dispute resolution; Creation of a small claims mediation program; Responsibilities of the members of organized bar.
Reports on the impact of the proposed tax plan on lawyers in the U.S. Adoption of the resolution by the American Bar Association's House of Delegates urging Congress to reject the tax plan proposal; Consequences of the proposal on any service-related business.
Examines plans by the United States Congress to revamp the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO). Major purpose of RICO; Bill that replaces the term 'racketeering activity' with 'predicate criminal activity'; Bill that would require for a 'pattern of racketeering activity' to be established.
LAWYERS' fees, LAW & legislation, and HABEAS corpus
Investigates a proposed bill by the United States Congress to limit attorney's fees awards. Reactions of the American Bar Association to the bill; Employer sanctions in pending immigration reform bills; Opposition to a legislation to curb the right of habeas corpus in federal courts.
BAR associations, PREPAID legal services, TAXATION, AMERICAN law, CONGRESSES, and MEDICAL malpractice
Presents news concerning the law profession in the United States as of December 1995. Reschedule of the Inter-American Bar Association's XXV conference at Acapulco, Mexico to November 9-15, 1985; Members of the Special Committee on Medical Professional Liability; Bill to make permanent the tax treatment of group legal services plans.
FEDERAL government, INTERSTATE commerce, JUDGMENTS (Law), and ADMISSION to the bar (Law)
Summarizes U.S. Supreme Court rulings, compiled as of January 1986. Regulation of states by the U.S. Congress under the commerce clause; Validity of the state residency requirement for bar admissions; Court decisions on tax cases founded on the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS laws & regulations and INFORMATION technology
Reports on proposed bills in the United States Congress that reaffirmed constitutional rights in communications technology. Senator Patrick Leahy's proposed Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1985; Congressional Office of Technology Assessment's study, entitled `Federal Government Information Technology: Electronic Surveillance and Civil Liberties'; Representative Gwen Moore's proposed legislation to modernize the state constitution.
MEDICAL care, MEDICAL malpractice, and MILITARY personnel
Reports on the vote taken by the United States House of Representatives to give military personnel the right to sue the federal government for medical and dental malpractice. Scope of the measure passed by congress amending the Federal Tort Claims Act; Efforts to improve medical care in the military.
Addresses the issue of federal judges' pay in the United States. Impact of the Gramm-Rudman deficit reduction act on the issue; Efforts of the Quadrennial Commission to amend the statutory procedures in submitting pay recommendations to Congress.
LAWYERS, CONFERENCES & conventions, and AMERICAN speeches, addresses, etc.
Focuses on U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger's final State of the Judiciary speech to the opening assembly of the American Bar Association Annual Meeting. Criticism of lawyers who lure clients via deceptive advertising; Importance of examining contingent fees; Increased public hostility toward lawyers.
Focuses on revival of civil jury trials in federal courts in the United States. Temporary shutdown of jury trials in summer of 1986; U.S. President Ronald Reagan's approval of a supplemental appropriations bill; Amount cut by the U.S. House of Representatives from the Judiciary budget request. INSET: SILKWOOD CASE SETTLED.
CONFERENCES & conventions, QUOTATIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL amendments, DRUG control, and ADULT education workshops
Presents memorable quotes and remarks heard at the annual meeting of the United States-based American Bar Association. U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan's concern about the deterioration being worked on Fourteenth Amendment protections; New York Mayor Ed Koch's campaign against drug addiction; Workshop on helping the homeless.
Focuses on United States Congress' plan to toughen the penalties for filing false legal claims against the government. House judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Law's approval of a bill to update the False Claims Act; Expansion of role of private citizens in bringing suits against false claimants.
Reports on the vote of the U.S. Senate to consent to the 1980 U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Purposes of the agreement.
LEGAL costs, ACTIONS & defenses (Law), and LEGAL procedure -- United States
Reports that the U.S. Congress hiked the fees for filing civil and bankruptcy actions in federal courts. Concerns that the higher fees are in effect user fees that apportion the costs of running the entire justice system; Policy implications on the practice of law and the justice system.
Presents information on resolutions to be submitted to the Assembly at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in the U.S. in 1987. Submission requirements; Deliberation process for submitted resolutions.
PRISON sentences, PROBATION, and JUDGES -- United States
Focuses on criticisms against final draft of federal sentencing guidelines submitted to Congress by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Curtailment of probation even more than earlier proposals; Restriction of judges' ability to consider various characteristics of defendants; Increased discretion for judges to depart from the guidelines.
COMMITTEES, UNITED States. Congress, SPECIAL prosecutors, POLITICAL ethics, JUDGMENTS (Law), and ATTORNEYS general
Focuses on congressional committees' consideration of changes in the independent counsel provisions of the Ethics in Government Act in the United States. Criticism of two Justice Department decisions not to seek a special prosecutor; Guidelines for the attorney general; Prohibition of attorney general from investigating wrongdoing of senior Justice Department officials. INSET: Meese asks probe of his Wedtech ties.
Interviews William Wilkins Jr., judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Emphasis on U.S. Sentencing Commission's guidelines on sentencing; Detailed analysis of prison impact; Elimination of unwarranted disparity in sentencing; List of factors not considered in sentencing.
LAWYERS, EMPLOYEE benefits, COMPUTER software, PURCHASING, and CONFERENCES & conventions
Presents news that may be of interest to lawyers. U.S. Internal Revenue Service's work with LTAC on an employee benefits plan software; Description of litigation support systems, Litigation Manager III and Discovery; Training on how to buy software at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association.
CONFERENCES & conventions, LAW, BAR associations, and CONGRESSES
Presents information about the annual meeting of American Bar Association, which will be held in San Francisco, California, from August 6-13, 1987. Recommended programs for lawyers; Registration hours; Bicentennial showcase programs; Scheduled speakers.
VACCINATION complications and VACCINATION of children laws
Reports on the program designed to provide compensation for child victims of adverse reactions to vaccinations being considered by the United States Congress. Provisions of the proposed program; Reason behind the Congress' move.
LEGAL liability, CONVENTION facilities, JUDGMENTS (Law), and LODGING-houses
Focuses on a decision by an appellate court in the United States, which ruled that an innkeeper is not liable to a woman who was attacked in her hotel room after she failed to lock the door. Dula McCarty's claim against Pheasant Run Resort & Convention Center in Saint Charles, Illinois; Early retirement of McCarty.
MAIL fraud, COMMERCIAL law, and UNITED States v. McNally (Supreme Court case)
Reports on bills introduced in the United States Congress in 1987 that would widen mail-fraud law. Overturning of the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in 'U.S. v. McNally,' which limited the scope of mail fraud prosecutions; Bills' extension of the statute to loss of intangible rights and to the public's right to the performance of official duties by a public official.
PUBLIC spending and PRO bono publico legal services
Discusses proposals to cut the funding for programs of the United States Legal Services Corp. (LSC), which provide legal services for the poor. Attacks on the LSC by the government of U.S. President Ronald Reagan; Agreement of the U.S. Congress to reduce the funding of the LSC in 1987; Position taken by the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants on the issue.
Reports on American Bar Association (ABA) president Robert MacCrate's argument for a legal reform bill. Speech before a U.S. House of Representatives judiciary committee in 1987; Bill sponsored by Representative Robert R. Kastenmeier, which calls for reforms throughout the federal court system; Proposed elimination of the mandatory or appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
Focuses on 'Juror Persuasion: Eavesdropping Inside the Jury Room,' a program presented at the fall 1987 meeting of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Litigation in Chicago, Illinois. Reconsideration of what voir dire is supposed to accomplish; Voir dire conducted in a mock products-liability case; Effectiveness of mock juries in showing which arguments jurors understand and believe.
ACTIONS & defenses (Law), GOVERNMENT liability -- United States, PRIVILEGES & immunities (Law), and UNITED States -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Discusses the November 1987 court case 'United States v. Union Gas.' Dismissal of Union Gas' lawsuit against the U.S. federal government on the ground that the 11th Amendment prohibited the suit; Commerce clause's empowerment of the U.S. Congress to authorize suits against state governments despite the 11th Amendment.
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DISCLOSURE, AIDS laws, and IMMIGRATION law -- United States
Focuses on the resolutions passed by the American Bar Association House of Delegates pertaining to the AIDS disease. Call on U.S. Congress to adopt federal legislation to increase voluntary testing for AIDS and counseling for AIDS patients; Provision on disclosure of information about AIDS patients; Call on Congress to extend the amnesty deadline under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
TAXATION of securities, ROAD construction, ALCOHOLISM, and CASE studies
Reports on the status of cases undergoing trial before the United States Supreme Court as of June 1988. Constitutional concurrence of the federal taxation of the interest paid on state and local bonds; Legality of the government's road construction project through Six Rivers National Forest in California; Court's stand that alcoholism is caused by wilful misconduct.
Reports that the American Bar Association urged the U.S. Congress to enact a rule giving prepaid legal services plans the same tax treatment as medical plans and called for redress for victims of human rights abuses. Reinstatement of an Internal Revenue Code provision that determines the tax treatment of qualified group legal services; Legislation relating to torture and other human rights abuse.
CONFERENCES & conventions and PRO bono publico legal services
Highlights American Bar Association's Annual Pro Bono Conference held in April 1988 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ideas on administering pro bono programs; Debate on mandatory versus voluntary pro bono; Issues of poverty and social justice.
CONFERENCES & conventions and FREEDOM of the press
Highlights the America Bar Association Annual Meeting on August 4-11, 1988 in Toronto, Canada. Relations between Canada and the United States; Freedom of the press in North America; Speakers of the meeting.
Reports that retired United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell Jr. called on Congress to reform the handling of death penalty appeals. Excessive delays in the system; Rise in habeas corpus litigation; Statistics on the number of death row inmates.
RACE discrimination, LAW & legislation, PRIVATE schools, PATTERSON v. McLean Credit Union (Supreme Court case), and RUNYON v. McCrary (Supreme Court case)
Reports on the U.S. Congress' intent to outlaw private acts of race discrimination in matters of contract and property. Power of Congress or a state legislature to ban racial discrimination in private school admissions decisions; Amicus brief in Patterson v. McLean Credit Union urging the Supreme Court to affirm its 1876 ruling in Runyon v. McCrary; Provisions in the Civil Rights Act of 1856. INSET: ABA supports Runyon.
Reports on the regulations proposed by the Legal Services Corp. Board regarding the governance of local legal services programs that restricted the flexibility of bar associations to designate members of the local government in the U.S. Political party affiliation-quota system for board membership; Goals of the American Bar Association (ABA); Role of ABA; ABA's achievements. INSET: The Nine Goals.
LAW, CHILD sexual abuse, CUSTODY of children, and CONGRESSES
Identifies issues related to the litigation of custody cases involving child sexual abuse allegations in the United States, discussed during a lawyers' gathering held in October 1988 in New York City. Incidence of false allegations by children; Defense for child sexual abuse allegations; Representation of accused or accusers in child abuse cases.
VETERANS' benefits, LAW & legislation, and JUDICIAL review
Reports on the legislation approved by the U.S. Congress in 1988 that would provide judicial review to veterans who were denied benefits from the U.S. Veterans Administration. Key provisions of the legislation; Fate of previous judicial review legislation; Reasons of the American Bar Association for supporting the legislation.
CONFERENCES & conventions and CHILD advocacy (Law)
Reports on the American Bar Association's conference on child advocacy in the United States, held on September 29-October 1, 1988, in Arlington, Virginia. Topics of discussion; Key speakers; Highlights of the event.
Focuses on the success of the American Bar Association (ABA) in thwarting attempts in the United States Congress to sharply limit prisoners' access to federal courts under habeas corpus. Impact on ensuring the status of prisoners' legal rights.
Reports on the proposal by the American Bar Association for the U.S. Congress to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for the insurance industry. Inclusions of the proposal; Influence of existing laws in reducing competition and increasing insurance prices; Implications on laws governing the insurance industry.
Discusses the suit filed by Washington Legal Foundation and Public Citizen challenging the role of the American Bar Association (ABA) in the selection of federal judges in the U.S. U.S. Supreme Court case 'Public Citizen v. Department of Justice' and 'Washington Legal Foundation v. Department of Justice'; Allocation of power between Congress and the president; Restriction of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary in evaluating prospective nominees to professional qualifications.
ACTIONS & defenses (Law) and DESECRATION of flags -- Law & legislation
Reports on activities in the United States Congress for legislation banning or criminalizing flag desecration. Impact of the case, Texas v. Johnson; Judiciary Committee's approval of a bill that would amend a law stating it is a crime to `cast contempt' upon the U.S. flag; Senate Judiciary Committee's series of hearings on the issue of flag desecration.
DISABILITY laws and DISCRIMINATION against people with disabilities -- Law & legislation
Presents updates on the proposed Americans With Disabilities Act as of November 1989. Status of the legislation in the U.S. Congress; Protection provided to the handicapped against discrimination under the proposal; Key provisions of the legislation.
Reports on the disclosure made by U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph Biden that his committee will prioritize the reduction of litigation costs and trial delays in 1990. Review of recommendations in a report issued by the Brookings Institution and the Foundation for Change.
Details the action of the U.S. Senate of impeaching two federal-district court judges of their offices for committing high crimes and misdemeanors while serving on the bench. Details of the cases charged against Alcee L. Hastings of the Southern District of Florida court and Walter L. Nixon of the Southern District Mississippi; Reaction of the impeached judges to the Senate ruling. INSET: Other Fallen Judges.
Reports on the participation of the American Bar Association (ABA) in the effort to lobby the U.S. Congress to reform the habeas corpus. Recommendations released by ABA Task Force on Death Penalty Habeas Corpus for achieving a more effective system of review in state death-penalty cases; Difference in the viewpoints expressed by judges from five federal circuits on how habeas corpus should be altered.
GOVERNMENT agencies and PRO bono publico legal services
Reports that many observers in Congress and the legal community are taking a wait-and-see attitude towards the board of directors appointed to oversee the U.S. Legal Services Corp. Ideological disputes over how the quasi-governmental agency should be run; Impact on government programs to offer legal assistance to the poor.
Comments on the impeachment process conducted by the U.S. Senate. Unconstitutional procedures that are sharply biased against any high official facing removal from office; Recommendations to restore fairness in impeachment proceedings; Policy implications on administrative responsibility in government.
EMPLOYMENT discrimination, CORPORATION law, IMMIGRATION law, and IMMIGRATION law -- United States
Reports that the U.S. Congress is reviewing the employer-sanctions provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Impact of a General Accounting Office report citing widespread discrimination practices by employers; Policy implications on corporation law and the justice system. INSET: ON THE HILL: RECENT ABA TESTIMONY.
Features several showcase programs that will be conducted as part of the American Bar Association's annual meeting in the U.S. in 1990. Range of legal topics to be discussed by the programs; Experts who will take part in the programs; Registration information.
Highlights the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association in Chicago, Illinois, on August 2 to 9, 1990. Speakers; Performance of pianist Michael Feinstein with Stanley Paul Orchestra during the annual dinner dance; Special events; Housing deadline; Advance registration deadline.
LEGAL costs, LEGISLATION, and COURT congestion & delay
Reports on the American Bar Association's (ABA) plan to slow down U.S. legislation aimed at reducing court expense and delay, in order to address concerns of both the judiciary and Congress. Aspects of Title I of the revised version of S. 2027; ABA Board of Governors' adoption of the recommendation of its special task force, the Civil Justice Reform Coordinating Committee.
Reports on the reintroduction of the Family and Medical Leave Act during the 102nd U.S. Congress. Key provisions; Presidential veto; American Bar Association's support for the bill. INSET: ON THE HILL.
LEGAL status of college athletes and LEGISLATIVE bills
Reports on the legislative bills being introduced in the United States Congress which aim to protect athletes of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Incidents that influenced legislators' decision to propose the bills; Cities involved in the campaign for tougher laws concerning NCAA athletes' protection.
CONSTITUTIONAL conventions and JUDGES -- United States
Relates U.S. district judge Bruce Van Sickle's call for a general constitutional convention in an article published in the January 1991 issue of the 'Hamline Law Review.' Number of state legislatures that have passed applications for a convention; Topics suggested by the states in Article V convention applications.
BAR associations, CONFERENCES & conventions, ECONOMICS, and CONGRESSES
Reports on the financial implications involved in holding the Washington State Bar Association's 1995 convention in Maui, Hawaii. Pros and cons of staging the convention in Hawaii; Need for the bar to restructure policies on convention expenses; Implications on bar policies.
SEPARATION of powers, JUDICIAL selection & appointment, and PRESIDENTS of the United States
Examines how the separation of powers in government applies to the appointment of Supreme Court justices in the U.S. Balance of power achieved from checks and balances between the President and the Senate; Historical precedent for the use of the Senate's constitutional power to advise on appointments to the Supreme Court.