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ABA Annual Meeting to Honor Pols, Tackle Pressing Social Issues  

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) upcoming 2022 Annual Meeting will be filled with pressing social issues, lifetime service awards and a spotlight on the safety of those working in the legal profession, according to the event’s announcement.

The nearly-week-long event will be held in Chicago from Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Tuesday, Aug. 9, and will feature presentations, policy discussions, ABA housekeeping and networking events, among other activities.

Among the myriad spotlight features of the meeting will be an ABA Center for Innovation-sponsored event on Thursday, August 4, entitled “Come Play in the Sandbox: Re-Regulation and Limited Testing Grounds.”

“Legal sandboxes are the latest ‘thing’ in regulatory innovation. They are a policy tool frequently used in other industries that provide a limited testing ground for possible change with minimal impact to consumers of legal services,” according to event organizers. “Among the best known is the Utah Sandbox, but sandboxes in Canada and other jurisdictions abroad provide ample data for a closer look and this program will examine real-world examples from around the globe.”

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"Alumni: Join us August 7th as we celebrate the installation of Deborah Enix-Ross, B.A. '78, J.D. '81, as President of the American Bar Association 2022-2023—during the @ABAesq Annual Meeting in Chicago! RSVP at @abapres_elect #MiamILaw"

Additionally, there will be several other notable programs including:

  • “The End of Roe and the Rule of Law”
  • “Can Courts Avoid Politicization in a Polarized America?”
  • “Is That ‘Pegasus’ in Your Pocket? Smartphones, Spyware, and the Greatest Emerging Threat to Civil Liberties & Human Rights Around the Globe”
  • “The Forgotten 40 Acres: Repairing Racial Wealth Disparity Using the Estate Tax and New Charitable Incentives”
  • “Title IX’s 50th Anniversary: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We Need to Be”
  • “The Roberts Court 2021-2022: Abortion, Guns and Separation of Powers”

Further, the event will also recognize two longtime lawmakers for their work in law and government. To that end, Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas and Sen. Richard Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, will receive the ABA’s lifetime achievement award.

Recognizing another mainstay in the political arena, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer is set to receive the trade association’s highest honor, the ABA Medal, at a keynote event on Saturday, Aug. 6. That program will be held in front of the General Assembly where the former justice is set to deliver an address to attendees.

Ron Flagg, president of the Legal Services Corporation, former President Christina Blacklaws of the Law Society of England, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, U.S. Circuit Judge Gregg J. Costa of New Orleans and former Arizona Chief Justice Scott Bales will also be featured during the proceedings. Cumulatively, they will tackle issues like access to justice and the “erosion of court confidence,” according to promotional materials.

Lastly, the ABA House of Delegates, which is comprised of 583 rulemaking members, will meet at the Hyatt Regency to take up more than 30 proposals for debate and vote.

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