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DISCOVER THE power OF THE ABA As one of the largest voluntary professional membership associations in the world, the ABA is the voice of the legal profession. And thanks to members like you, that voice continues to be heard throughout the legal community, advocating for our profession in Washington, D.C., and promoting the rule of law worldwide. This guide helps you explore our associationâ€™s vast opportunities for development, powerful activism for the profession and dedicated work to deliver justice at home and abroad. Want to discover resources for your professional growth? Are you wondering how the ABA advocates for the profession? Interested in the associationâ€™s globe-spanning justice projects? Look for those listings in this guide.
My ABA involvement has impacted my personal life and my career tremendously! The ABA has provided me with an expanded network of brilliant legal friends, access to leaders and experts for mentorship, increased business development opportunities and first-class experiences to deepen my practice skills. Lacy Durham Deloitte Tax LLP Member Since 2003
Contents How We Work for You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Career Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Job Board Career Center American Bar Association Legal Access Job Corps Free Career Advice Series
Professional Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Model Rules of Professional Conduct ETHICSearch
Professional and Business Development . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) ABA Free CLE Series ABA Essentials ABA Journal Periodicals, Journals and Books ABA Apps Annual/Midyear Meetings Social Media Professional Development Opportunities
Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 ABA TECHSHOW Legal Technology Resource Center
Practice Specialty Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sections Divisions Forums
Specialized Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
How We Work for the Profession . . . . . . . 13 ABA Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Governmental and Legislative Work Ethics and Professionalism Amicus Curiae Briefs
Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Diversity and Inclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diversity Women in the Profession ABA Diverse Speakers Directory ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Advocate for the Profession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
How We Work for Society . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ABA Global Impact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Social Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) Human Rights
Fund for Justice and Education Public Education Centers and Commissions
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How We Work for You Your ABA membership connects you with a wide range of benefits that can help you continue to develop your legal skills and hone your competitive edge.
Enrich your career Expand your professional reputation, network with nationally recognized experts and access top-tier programming through ABA sections, divisions, forums, committees and task forces that focus on your practice specialty.
Sharpen your practice Gain world-class legal information and analysis through ABA CLE, conferences and publications that offer in-depth content from renowned legal practitioners.
Career Resources Free Career Advice Series Free to ABA members, this monthly live webinar series offers practical tips to help you advance in your career. Past programs are also available on demand.
Job Board Posting your resume and searching for jobs is free for job seekers, and membersâ€™ resumes are tagged with the ABA logo to help you stand out from the crowd. Or, you can advertise your open position to more than 16,500 visitors each month.
Career Center The ABA Career Center provides information and resources to help you meet your career-related needs, including articles and podcasts about your career path, finding a job, thriving in your firm and achieving work/life balance.
American Bar Association Legal Access Job Corps The ABA is working to resolve the great paradox of too few jobs for young lawyers and the grossly unmet legal needs of the poor. The Association is exploring innovative programs and funding sources with the goal of creating long-term sustainable models.
Professional Responsibility Model Rules of Professional Conduct Professional responsibility is every lawyerâ€™s business ... and every U.S. jurisdiction but one has adopted most of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Ethics questions can arise about conflicts, confidentiality, communication or the clientlawyer relationship even when you are away from the office. Download the Apple iOS app and have this invaluable reference ready at your fingertips.
ETHICSearch Provided through the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, ETHICSearch is a free service to help legal professionals find the right resources to understand and resolve ethics questions. Our staff lawyers will help you locate citations to relevant rules, ethics opinions and other ethics resources that relate to your inquiry.
Professional and Business Development Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Featuring the widest breadth of high-quality CLE, the ABA offers you access to more than 3,200 hours of CLE led by top legal practitioners. From more than 650 in-person events to easy-access programming delivered online or via teleconference, video conference, webinar recordings and self-study, ABA CLE is respected as the gold standard in continuing legal education. Members are also welcome to contribute as speakers, panelists and program coordinators.
ABA Free CLE Series Earn up to 18 hours of free CLE annually through the monthly ABA Free CLE Series program, featuring today’s most influential legal practitioners addressing the profession’s most compelling topics.
ABA Essentials A new series of introductory-level programs covering the basics of core practice areas is designed to help new and transitioning lawyers increase skill sets, expand opportunities and become stronger, well-rounded counselors.
ABA Journal Delivered monthly, the ABA Journal is the most widely read and respected legal affairs magazine in the country — covering the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. Subscriptions to the digital monthly Journal and the weekly eJournal also are free with membership.
Periodicals, Journals and Books Nationally recognized as the most credible and knowledgeable source of legal information, the ABA publishes more than 1,000 peer-reviewed books, periodicals, journals and newsletters each year that explore broad areas of practice, specific topics of law and issues of debate.
My involvement with ABA activities has definitely taken Eckert Seamans’ aviation practice to a new level, and I’ve also encouraged our younger attorneys to enhance their professional development by getting involved with the ABA. Evelyn D. Sahr Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Member Since 1990
ABA Apps As an ABA member, you have free access to favorite ABA magazines on your mobile device. Download to your Apple, Android or Kindle device today. The ABA Journal app gives you access to a complete digital edition of the monthly magazine plus related interactive content.
Annual/Midyear Meetings With high-profile speakers, essential legal programs and insightful debate on critical law and public policy issues, the ABA Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals. Offering hundreds of events, the Annual Meeting concludes with the ABA House of Delegates — the association’s policymaking body — debating and voting on a host of proposals vital to the association and the legal profession. The ABA Midyear Meeting also offers a wide variety of free topical CLE programs.
Social Media There’s a lot happening around the ABA and a lot to chat about! Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Choose from a multitude of discussion groups for ones that interest you and focus on your specialty. Search the online ABA member directory to contact colleagues and friends.
Professional Development Opportunities The ABA provides opportunities for lawyers to lead and be recognized. Members can pursue multiple avenues to build their personal and professional brands as authors, speakers and volunteers.
Technology ABA TECHSHOW ABA TECHSHOW Conference and EXPO stands at the crossroads where legal professionals and technology meet. The three-day conference presents you with the most useful technologies available, a variety of CLE programming and access to more than 100 technology vendors.
Legal Technology Resource Center Boost your efficiency and make sound decisions for your practice in all matters technical through the webinars, blogs, training videos, trends, tips and reports available at the Legal Technology Resource Center. Youâ€™ll discover the latest in online legal research, update yourself on the ethical and security issues of cloud computing, find out how lawyers are adopting mobile tech and more.
Practice Specialty Groups With 22 sections, seven divisions and six forums covering virtually every area of law, the ABA has membership communities tailored to your interests and career stage. Attend their focused and relevant conferences. Study their insightful publications. Network with colleagues worldwide. Make your voice heard on the issues, regulations and trends affecting your specific specialty.
Sections Sections are specialty groups that focus on a unique area of law or business, allowing for more in-depth examination of issues, regulations and national trends.
Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Gain insight into trends in government regulation from the Supreme Court to state agencies. Stay current with in-depth coverage of legal issues such as communications, banking, energy and consumer public safety.
Access cutting-edge analyses of antitrust legal and policy issues; the latest domestic and foreign competition laws, including consumer protection laws; and other information that seeks to advance learning and jurisprudence in this practice area.
Navigate the world of mergers and acquisitions, securities, commercial financing, banking and corporate laws. Join the force behind the latest developments in business law taking place in the and around the globe.
With its diverse membership of judges, private criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, academics and other professionals, this section brings experts together to address todayâ€™s most pressing criminal justice issues.
Acquire the latest information and techniques in arbitration, collaborative law, mediation, negotiation and expanded conflict resolution processes. As a section member, youâ€™ll monitor and encourage the development of ADR in specific practice areas, from construction to health care.
Environment, Energy, and Resources
Join your colleagues in the ever-changing practice areas of environment, energy and resources law. Stay current with emerging issues and developments, including those in air and water, environmental transactions, energy production and natural resources.
Get the state-by-state and national perspective on traditional and developing issues in family law from leaders in the field. Connect with colleagues who specialize in adoption, divorce, custody, military law, alternative families, elder law and assisted reproductive technology.
Access all legal issues related to health. Connect with the latest legal developments in public health, federal health care regulations, managed care, Medicare and health care fraud, as seen from a national perspective.
Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Take an in-depth look at human rights, civil liberties and social justice in our changing and diverse society. Share your ideas and opinions on an array of topics in the human and civil rights arena.
Intellectual Property Law
Explore the latest analysis, news and commentary about the law of patents, trademarks, copyrights and related subjects. Access more than 60 substantive section committees where IP lawyers can advance their practice, careers and the profession.
Keep up to date with the leader in the development of policy in the international legal arena, including the promotion of the rule of law. Join such international humanitarian efforts as the International Legal Exchange Program, the International Legal Resource Center and the education of international law practitioners via more than 60 regional and special-interest committees.
Labor and Employment Law
Join members representing all perspectives of labor and employment law: management, union, plaintiff, neutral and public. Stay current on the wide range of issues and trends encompassed by labor and employment law through this sectionâ€™s authoritative publications.
Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Shape the future of legal education as a member of this section, the official accrediting body of U.S. law schools. Access resources on topics such as diversity in legal education and the profession, the impact of technology and globalization on legal education, and excellence in legal writing.
Get the latest news, information and thinking on legal strategy from all sides and gather a comprehensive view of the profession. Gain insight into all areas of litigation, including tips on the art of trial practice and the latest in specific areas such as construction and products liability.
Public Contract Law
Receive comprehensive examination of every aspect of public procurement, including source selection decisions, bid protests, contract administration, audits, claims and disputes. In-depth, targeted, scholarly analyses of new initiatives and timely procurement topics are resources unavailable elsewhere.
Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Join your colleagues in legal specialties affecting energy, communications, transportation and water. Stay up to date with the latest coverage of issues such as corporate governance post-Enron, restructuring of the electricity industry and protection of the water supply.
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Gain clarity on upcoming trends and pertinent information in real property, estate planning and trust law. The Real Property Division focuses on legal aspects such as property use, ownership, development and taxation, while the Trust and Estate Division focuses on areas such as trusts, estate planning, employee benefits and insurance.
Science & Technology Law
Get access to information and policy on such important legal issues as biotechnology, clean technology, computer and information security law, and digital evidence. Learn ways to get a new job, develop business and win more cases through this sectionâ€™s three information-packed periodicals.
State and Local Government Law
Connect and share ideas and best practices with your professional colleagues involved in urban, state and local government law and policy. Enjoy access to the latest expert information on issues such as government liability, government operations and public education.
Smartly navigate the world of tax law with frequent updates and expert analysis on the latest regulations and guidance. Keep abreast of changes in the law that affect reporting, withholding, stock options, pension plans, distribution of income and more.
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
Stay at the forefront of emerging issues and technologies in tort and insurance law. Join plaintiffs, defense, corporate and in-house counsel for a comprehensive view of issues of animal law, product liability, medical malpractice and all areas of insurance.
Divisions ABA Divisions help members with their professional goals based on their career stage and/or practice setting.
Government and Public Sector Lawyers
Find information unique to public sector practice on topics such as government attorney-client privilege, public law office management, ethical issues specific to public lawyers, politically motivated dismissals and career advancement.
Join judges, lawyers and academics in developing policy and outreach programs to ensure that our courts are fair, accessible and impartial. Work to improve public trust and confidence in the court system through bench/bar collaboration.
Whether youâ€™re seeking to become a successful lawyer, build on your existing success or grow your practice, this division offers the essential tools needed for the marketing, management, technology and finance aspects of your business. Serve your clients more effectively with resources on technology that works, e-lawyering, alternative billing methods, quality of life and more.
Make an impact on practical and professional skills development and ways to assist law students in their search for jobs during and after graduation from law school. The Law Student Division offers leadership training, public service opportunities, career development programming and practical skills competitions.
This division is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of practicing and retired lawyers admitted to the bar 25 or more years ago, or age 55 and older. Gain information on elder law, financial planning and the ethical and practical considerations of selling or closing law practices. The division also welcomes any ABA members interested in the practice of elder law.
Solo, Small Firm and General Practice
Gain comprehensive, practical advice for managing solo and small firms, as well as general practice cases. From the latest in technology to peer support, get the answers to issues of critical importance to your career.
YLD is committed to best representing the newest members of the profession, providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success. Membership is automatic for all ABA members under 36 years old or admitted to practice for five years or less.
Forums ABA Forums explore and monitor new areas of law as they emerge on a national scale.
Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
Steer your way through the latest information in all areas of affordable housing and community development. Join your colleagues who focus on financing techniques, tenant representation, public housing, community economic benefits and zoning.
Air and Space Law
Meet, learn and network with professionals who represent all areas of air and space law, including airlines, airports, labor, the FAA, DOT and NASA. Explore in-depth a broad range of topics relating to aircraft finance, contracts, commercial space law and more.
Keep up to date on cutting-edge issues in defamation, privacy, data collection and use, FCC regulation and First Amendment law. Network with lawyers in the print, broadcast, online and mobile media as well as the telecommunications industry.
Access complete coverage of the construction industry from project start-up to completion and all legal aspects in between. Gain the latest information on construction industry specifics, including dispute avoidance and resolution.
Entertainment and Sports Industries
Zero in on legal developments in motion pictures, television, radio and cable. Gather the latest legal news covering music, theater, sports, media and new technologies.
Explore legal issues and developments in franchising, including amended FTC Rule, international franchise rules, arbitration proceedings and disclosure laws. Gain information of value to all levels of experience and expertise â€” transactional or litigation, franchisor or franchisee, in-house, private practice or paralegal.
SciTech, and its infosec and e-discovery committees, help me keep up with the latest technologies and legal developments. They also provide a unique opportunity for sharing best practices, learning and networking, in person and virtual, to make the connections we all need to advance our careers and grow our business. Stephen S. Wu Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP Member Since 1989
Visit ambar.org/groups for more details on how these resources can be an invaluable asset for your practice.
Specialized Resources No matter what your passion, your interests or your circumstances, the ABA is actively involved in those issues most relevant to you and the profession. The association has created specialty website portals that aggregate pertinent resources – from related ABA groups and upcoming association events to current legal news and targeted publications.
By Practice Government and Public Sector Lawyers
Comprising one-eighth of the legal profession, government and public lawyers are a wide-ranging and significant legal force. If you’re part of this sizable sector, look here for the tools you need to most effectively do your work.
If you’re a judge, look to the ABA to improve and promote the judiciary, provide networking opportunities, cover legal news important to you and connect you with association groups that focus on judges in a variety of legal areas.
Solo and Small Firm
Access free or discounted technology, office supplies and partner services to extend your resources further and faster; discover state and national solo and small firm conferences; stay professionally connected through SoloSez – the ABA’s most active listserv with more than 3,000 subscribers. These and more resources are at the Solo and Small Firm Resource Center.
Among association resources for military lawyers, service members, veterans, and their families are the ABA Military Pro Bono Project and ABA Home Front, which feature a legal information center and a national directory of programs and organizations that provide legal assistance for military families.
By Career Stage Senior Lawyers
Discover ABA resources for senior lawyers, including financial and retirement planning, pro bono work opportunities, healthcare options, public education, volunteer opportunities, help in closing or selling your practice and tools for achieving work/life balance.
Professional resources and opportunities abound at the ABA for the newest members of the legal profession, including the YLD Practice Series — with more than 170 valuable tips and tools for lawyers in their first three years of practice — the Disaster Legal Services Program, the Mentorship Project, fellowship programs and more.
Law School Graduates
If you’re a recent law school graduate, the ABA offers valuable tools to help you navigate the next steps in your career, including an active job search board, new job posting alerts and expert career advice through monthly webinars.
Discover your career path! Join ABA groups and learn about specific areas of practice. Access internships, fellowships and clerkships. Develop practical skills in moot court and other legal competitions. And get expert advice about job searching, interviewing and networking.
By Demographic Lawyers of Color
The ABA maintains its long-standing commitment to diversity in the legal profession through the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, myriad news updates, relevant resources and diversity-related opportunities within the association.
Lawyers with Disabilities
Learn about the work of such ABA groups as the Commission on Disability Rights, resources that promote justice and the rule of law for persons with mental, physical and/or sensory disabilities and the myriad ways the association encourages their full and equal participation in the legal profession.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Lawyers
Find best practices for promoting LGBT diversity and advocacy opportunities to help LGBT youth in foster care navigate the child welfare system. These are among the resources the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity uses to promote full and equal participation in the legal profession for all persons.
ABA policy on issues concerning women, business development tools and leadership growth opportunities are among the invaluable ABA resources for women lawyers accessible through the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
How We Work for the Profession Simply stated, the ABA is the most effective, far-reaching advocate for the legal profession. Empowered by the strength of its nearly 400,000 members, the ABA’s influence is seen supporting numerous professional and public policy issues, staunchly protecting the nation’s legal and judicial systems, and advocating for the profession and the rule of law before Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental bodies. Yet the Association remains a nonpartisan advocate, making no political contributions and having no political action committee. Use this guide as a basic introduction to some of the many ways that the association is improving the administration of justice, establishing ethics codes, accrediting law schools and serving as your national representative of the legal profession.
Developing policy and standards Leading the way in creating a just society, the ABA is a powerful voice on ethics and professional responsibility for lawyers. The Association created and continually updates the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that serve as standards for the ethics rules of most states. The ABA has continued to lead by creating Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement and a Model Code for Judicial Conduct. Lawyers everywhere rely on opinions issued by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Protecting the legal and judicial systems Serving as the “eyes, ears and voice” of the organized bar in DC, the ABA Governmental Affairs Office has seen a host of recent successes, including federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation, modification of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to protect attorney-client privilege, federal funding for indigent defense and support of the independence of the judiciary. The ABA’s Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary provides the White House with the Committee’s evaluation of the professional qualifications of each prospective nominee to the lower federal courts in advance of the President making a nomination. The evaluation looks at the professional competence, integrity and judicial temperament of each nominee.
Advocating from the grass roots to the corridors of power Volunteer members are encouraged to take an active role in the ABA’s advocacy efforts through such events as ABA Day on Capitol Hill.
ABA membership provides me with extraordinary opportunities to interact with and to learn from top-notch lawyers and judges. As a young lawyer, this allows me to refine my core competencies, to build credibility and grow my networks. Most of all, I value the opportunity to be part of a community deeply committed to the law. Mac R. McCoy Carlton Fields Jorden Burt Member Since 2001
ABA Policy The ABA House of Delegates has ultimate authority for establishing Association policy. This policy-making body is composed of approximately 550 delegates who represent various groups within the ABA and the legal profession as a whole. Recommendations and reports adopted as ABA Policy can be searched in the online ABA Policy library.
Governmental and Legislative Work The Governmental Affairs Office serves as the focal point for the Association’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental entities on diverse issues of importance to the legal profession. The GAO coordinates the Association’s activities and all representation on its behalf before governmental entities or officials. ABA Day, the Association’s annual “lobby day” in Washington, DC, brings together volunteer leaders from local, territorial, state and specialty bar associations as well as from the ABA to speak with their elected representatives on issues critically important to members, the profession and the public at large
Ethics and Professionalism Turn to the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility for national leadership in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism and client protection.
Amicus Curiae Briefs The ABA files briefs, usually in the United States Supreme Court, that are based on ABA policies and that concern issues including access to justice for underserved and disadvantaged groups, fair and impartial criminal and civil procedure, and other issues of importance to the practice of law and lawyers.
Accreditation The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and the Accreditation Committee are recognized by the United States Department of Education as the accrediting agencies for programs that lead to the J.D. degree. This helps ensure high standards for a quality legal education.
Diversity and Inclusion Diversity The ABA supports diversity in the legal profession through the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and dedicated, active commissions, coalitions and scholarship programs. The ABAâ€™s Sections, Divisions and Forums also have their own diversityrelated groups that ensure inclusion as a common thread throughout the Association.
Women in the Profession As the national voice for women lawyers, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession fosters a new and better profession that ensures that women have equal opportunities for professional growth and advancement commensurate with their male counterparts.
ABA Diverse Speakers Directory A new resource for lawyers in all practice areas who have an interest in speaking and program-moderating opportunities. Members can become part of a national database of legal experts. Through the Legal Expert Author Pool (LEAP), the ABA offers a comparable service for diverse lawyers interested in writing for ABA publications.
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund Since 2001, the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship has annually awarded 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school. This Scholarship is just one of many ways the ABA supports diversity in the educational pipeline to the profession.
Advocate for the Profession The ABA advocates for the profession on numerous professional and public policy issues. The ABA also protects the legal and judicial systems of the U.S. by defending the independence of the profession and the judiciary and by fighting for access to justice through preservation of the Legal Services Corporation.
How We Work for Society “To advance the rule of law.” That is Goal IV of the ABA’s mission – a critical objective that the Association strives ceaselessly to attain throughout this nation and around the world. ABA resources address a wide range of national issues, including low-income housing, assistance to veterans and service members, violence against women, cybersecurity and gender equity. On the international front, ABA-fostered programs and projects are providing legal assistance for human rights advocates, supporting efforts to hold accountable perpetrators of atrocities and building sustainable institutions and societies that deliver justice, foster economic opportunity and ensure respect for human dignity.
Addressing national issues of critical concern ABA advocacy has garnered recent successes including Congressional reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the debut of the ABA Veterans Claims and Assistance Network and record numbers of events nationwide as part of the associationâ€™s fifth annual National Pro Bono Celebration.
Making a difference internationally The global impact of the Associationâ€™s work to develop legal and judicial infrastructure is notable and expanding. The ABA Rule of Law Initiative recently received the Justice in the World Award for work with in-country partners in more than 60 countries including Guinea, China, Armenia, Serbia, Haiti, Peru and Tajikistan.
I have attended conferences & seminars, served on or chaired committees, been appointed to task forces and held a special advisor position to the Criminal Justice Section Council, all of which have helped me keep abreast of current issues and developments and develop lasting relationships with those in (my) field. John Hanson Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC Member Since 2009
ABA Global Impact Travel around the world and explore activities the ABA and its nearly 200 international committees are conducting to support the legal profession.
Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) More than half the world’s population lives in countries that lack the rule of law. The ABA, through its ROLI international development program, promotes the rule of law by working with in-country partners to build sustainable institutions and societies that deliver justice, foster economic opportunity and ensure respect for human dignity.
Human Rights Addressing critical human rights issues by developing policy, projects and educational initiatives to advance human rights both nationally and internationally is the core objective of the ABA Center for Human Rights.
Social Responsibility Fund for Justice and Education For nearly 50 years, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, the ABA’s 501(c)3, has strengthened the Association’s ability to improve our justice system and serve those in need by helping to protect the elderly, represent the impoverished, advocate on behalf of youth in crisis and defend our human rights here and abroad.
Public Education Promoting a public understanding of the law and its role in society is a fundamental mission of the Association. The ABA works to enrich classroom conversations through ABA Law Day activities, the National Civics & Law Academy for high school students, publications such as Insights on Law and Society, mock trial how-to guides for school children and more.
Centers and Commissions From the Center for Human Rights to the Commission on Immigration, a range of influential ABA centers and commissions have core missions to promote justice for all.
Children and the Law
Improving children’s lives is the core mission of the ABA Center on Children and the Law — a full-service technical assistance, training and research program that addresses a broad spectrum of law- and court-related topics affecting youths.
Death Penalty Representation Project
The Death Penalty Representation Project is the ABA’s expert source on issues related to legal representation in death penalty cases. This project receives countless requests for assistance from prisoners on death row and welcomes private attorneys from the civil bar willing to donate their time and skills to ensure high-quality legal representation for all.
Law and Aging
Through research, policy development, technical assistance, advocacy, education and training, the ABA Commission on Law and Aging strengthens and secures the legal rights, quality of life and quality of care for elders.
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Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools Disability Rights Domestic & Sexual Violence Election Law Federal Judiciary Homelessness & Poverty Immigration Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Law and Aging Law and National Security Professional Discipline Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Over the years, my ABA involvement has significantly enhanced the quality of my legal career. ABA membership has provided me with access to substantive experts in my area of practice, networking opportunities with other lawyers, occasions to speak and write on areas of interest to me, and multiple opportunities to participate in initiatives to improve the justice system. Hilarie Bass Greenberg Traurig, LLP Member Since 1982 20
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