A message from ABA President Linda Klein:
As lawyers, we are citizens who are called on to promote justice and the rule of law in our communities. As a follow-up to my remarks to the House of Delegates in August (watch the video), I invite you to take the following two opportunities this fall to encourage voting and to provide pro bono legal assistance for veterans.
The ABA Standing Committee on Election Law is a national leader in promoting nonpartisan policies on election procedures. Its website provides a wealth of resources for lawyers to promote voting in their communities. Included on www.ambar.org/barleaders… is a downloadable card titled “Will Your Voice Be Head on Election Day?,” which you can personalize and distribute conventionally or electronically to your clients and communities as a public service. The site also has state-by-state information for you to share on voter registration, time-off requirements for voting, and a template op-ed that you can easily tailor and submit to your local newspapers. Please visit www.ambar.org/barleaders… and see how you can encourage your fellow citizens to make their voices heard.
The new ABA Commission on Veterans Legal Services is developing a comprehensive approach to broadening access to justice for our nation’s veterans. This year, the ABA’s National Pro Bono Celebration in October is being extended to Veterans Day on November 11, and we’re also encouraging pro bono activities on or around Memorial Day. Please visit www.celebrateprobono.org to find a veterans pro bono event near you, to get ideas for planning an event, or to register your event.
Thank you for your involvement. Together, lawyers can and will make a difference in our communities.
Linda A. Klein, President
American Bar Association
You can also read “Right to Vote — the Crown Jewel of American Liberties,” an editorial by President Klein written for National Voter Registration Day.