August 14, 2007 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Bar Assn. voted Monday to urge Congress to override a Bush administration order authorizing the CIA to use interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, and sensory and sleep deprivation. The nation's largest lawyers' organization also called on Congress to give federal judges more oversight of government efforts to use the "state secrets" doctrine to throw out legal challenges to anti-terrorism programs.
August 9, 2006 |
The American Bar Assn. approved a resolution condemning President Bush's practice of writing exceptions to legislation he signs into law. Delegates at the ABA's annual meeting in Honolulu approved the resolution that objects to any president using bill-signing statements to dilute or change laws rather than using an outright veto. Bush has written exceptions to about 800 legislative provisions, more than all previous presidents combined.
May 11, 2006 |
The American Bar Assn. rated Michael Wallace, President Bush's nominee for the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, as "not qualified," prompting a call from the liberal group People For the American Way for Bush to withdraw the nomination. The bar gave its lowest rating to Wallace, 54, who was special counsel to then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi during the impeachment trial of President Clinton in 1999. Wallace has never been a judge.
February 14, 2006 |
The American Bar Assn., meeting in Chicago, denounced President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program, accusing him of exceeding his powers under the Constitution. Since it was disclosed in December, the program has prompted a heated debate about presidential powers in the war on terrorism.
August 18, 2005 |
Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. earned a "well qualified" rating from the American Bar Assn. on Wednesday, clearing one hurdle in his path to joining the high court. The rating by unanimous vote of a bar association committee was disclosed as the Senate Judiciary Committee announced plans for the start of confirmation hearings Sept. 6. Roberts will face about an hour of questioning from each of the 18 senators on the committee.
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February 16, 2005 |
Western State University College of Law, whose graduates include a quarter of Orange County's judges and court commissioners, received provisional accreditation this week, ending a dispute that had threatened to damage the school. "We're sort of on top of the world," said Maryann Jones, Western State's dean. The American Bar Assn.'s decision marks a reversal of fortune for the Fullerton school, which, at one point, had been at risk of losing its accreditation altogether.