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ABA to Proceed with Equal Justice Conference and Expand Immigration Programming

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2010 — The _ announced today that it will move forward as scheduled with the Equal Justice Conference in Phoenix May 13 – 15.

“The _ has already made its opposition to the new Arizona immigration law known, and we will continue to do so,” said ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm.  “The law infringes on civil rights and belies our nation’s principle of justice for all.  When justice for anyone in America is threatened, it diminishes us all as a free people.

“The Equal Justice Conference brings together all components of the legal community to further the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals who are in need of legal assistance,” Lamm continued.  “We are not going to allow these efforts to be even temporarily derailed by an unjust law.  Doing so would have a further detrimental effect and run contrary to ensuring the principles on which our nation was formed continue to thrive.”

Among the skills and tools that conference attendees will bring back to their law practices, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies include the essential elements for designing a pro bono project, maintaining a client-centered approach to low-income legal service delivery, utilizing volunteers in access-to-justice programs, and developing legal assistance partnerships between lawyers and judges.

The conference will offer expanded programming for participants to learn about, discuss and respond to issues arising from the Arizona legislation, particularly addressing broader issues of immigration reform and the status of immigrants in America.

“The Equal Justice Conference is now in its 12th year,” Lamm said. “It is always extremely moving to see the passion that is in the room when lawyers gather for public service efforts. To that end, the ABA calls on lawyers across the country who are committed to equality and justice to convene in Arizona so that they can become better informed firsthand about what is going on in that state and learn how to join personally in fighting for social justice.”

The ABA will carefully assess whether to schedule future conferences in the state of Arizona unless the law is invalidated.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Comments (3)

  • Delaware Bob
    11:02 AM May 5, 2010

    If this Arizona law is unjust, and it mirrors the Federal law, does this mean that the Federal law is no good, either?

    Then I would have to ask, would can be done to get all the illegal aliens out of this Country and back to their own Country. E-Verify in ALL business and ALL Social Services? How do we stop paying for all these illegal aliens children that these illegal aliens keep having? 4.2 million over the last 15-16 years…at an average cost of $8,500-$12,500 per child.

    How about all the costs to the American taxpayer to school all these illegal aliens children? How about all the jobs these illegal aliens have taken from the American taxpayer? Oh, Oh. How about the BILLIONS upon BILLIONS sent out of this Country every year by the illegal aliens? How does that help America? How much does it cost to deport these illegal aliens when they had no right to be here in the first place! How about all the stolen identities and forged documents these illegal aliens have. How about all the crime? Just look at the crime in Arizona. They pass a law to fight all this and are told they can’t do this.

    So, I have to go back to my question. What do you do to get ALL the illegal aliens out of this Country? I will check back for your answer.

  • Anonymous
    3:34 PM May 5, 2010

    Interesting to see that unequal justice in Arizona is not important enough to the ABA to relocate the Equal Justice Conference or even fully commit to not holding future events in AZ.

    “The ABA will carefully assess whether to schedule future conferences in the state of Arizona unless the law is invalidated.”

    Just admit you don’t want to cancel the conference because you stand to lose a great deal of money in doing so and you don’t have time to make suitable alternate arrangements – you’ll feel better about yourself and your organization.

  • anonymous
    5:11 PM May 6, 2010

    And what exactly is the expanded programming that will be offered? Will be broadcasted to those who registered and did not attend? It is so close to the conference and no detail are emerging. Really, is there a plan, or just language to not look so bad and callous for going forward?