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2020 ABA Law Student Division Resolutions Agenda

If you would like to speak for or against any of these resolutions or submit a motion, please fill out the Pro/Con Speaker and Motion Form by July 29th at noon CDT.

LSD Resolution 20/08-01 – Bylaws Efficiencies Cleanup
Adopted, as amended, by vote of the 2020 LSD Assembly

  • Submitted by the Law Student Division
  • Law Student Division Bylaws changes to update in-person meeting requirements, include the additional ABA House of Delegates voting positions approved by the House in 2019, and clarify the Nominating Committee policy in case of vacancies on the committee.
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LSD Resolution 20/08-02 – Making LSD Diversity Committee a Permanent Standing Committee
Adopted by vote of the 2020 LSD Assembly

  • Submitted by the Law Student Division
  • Law Student Division Bylaws changes to make the LSD Diversity Committee a permanent standing committee within the Division.
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LSD Resolution 20/08-03 – Rural Attorneys Loan Forgiveness
Adopted, as amended, by vote of the 2020 LSD Assembly

  • Submitted by the Law Student Division
  • This resolution urges states to implement a loan forgiveness program for attorneys who practice in rural areas.

LSD Resolution 20/08-04 – Urging Law Schools Freeze Tuition
Adopted, as amended, by vote of the 2020 LSD Assembly

  • Submitted by Teclesha Blanchard
  • Urges all law schools to freeze tuition, until such time that law schools return to normal operation. Furthermore, the ABA requires that all law schools provide the rationale for raising tuition and fees on law students during the COVID-19 pandemic through the form of an explanatory memorandum that includes but is not limited to: (1) the reason for the increase; and (2) the planned usage of the funds.
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LSD Resolution 20/08-05 – Antiracism in Law Schools
Adopted by vote of the 2020 LSD Assembly

  • Submitted by Brionna Pratt and Tori Shafer
  • Urges all ABA-accredited law schools to expeditiously create antiracist goals for their school and publish these goals prominently on their institutional website, and to make antiracist resources available to faculty, and support and encourage faculty to develop learning outcomes that can be tied to these institutional goals.
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HOD Resolution 100B–Crown Act: End Black Hair Discrimination
Adopted by vote of the 2020 LSD Assembly

  • Submitted by the Young Lawyers Division, Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice, Law Student Division, Section of State & Local Government & Criminal Justice Section
  • This resolution urges that the interpretation of “race,” as included in antidiscrimination statutes, be not limited to the color of one’s skin, but rather, includes other physical and cultural characteristics associated with race; urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to enact legislation banning race discrimination on the basis of the texture, style, or appearance of a person’s hair; encourages all federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local court systems, in conjunction with state, territorial, tribal and local bar associations, to carefully review their discrimination policies and provide implicit bias training to eradicate discrimination on the basis of the texture, style, or appearance of a person’s hair; and supports enactment of the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2019 (S. 3167, H.R. 5309, 116th Congress) or similar legislation that advances antidiscrimination on the basis of the texture, style, or appearance of a person’s hair.
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Late-Breaking – Added 7/29/2020
HOD Resolution 301a – Urging Elimination of Qualified Immunity
Adopted by vote of the 2020 LSD Assembly

  • Urges federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to enact legislation to eliminate or substantially curtail the defense of qualified immunity in civil actions brought against law enforcement officers to redress deprivations of rights, privileges, and immunities secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States or any State or Territory.
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Late-Breaking – Added 7/30/2020
HOD Resolution – Urging Bar Examiners to take Emergency Measures with Regards to the Bar Exam
Adopted by vote of the 2020 LSD Assembly

  • Urges jurisdictions to temporarily cancel in-person bar exams, encourages the establishment of emergency measures to license law school graduates, among offering other guidance for bar exam administration.
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Consent Calendar

The following resolutions are being placed on the consent calendar because they are expected to be non-contentious and generate little debate. In order to be debated at Assembly, a voting Assembly delegate must request for the resolution to be pulled from consent calendar by Thursday, July 30th. Email Sara.Stretch@americanbar… for questions.

All adopted by consent of the 2020 LSD Assembly.

HOD Resolution 107 – Amendments to ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct Regarding Assistance to Indigent Clients

  • Submitted by the Standing Committee on Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Standing Committee on the Legal & Indigent Defense, Commission on Law & Aging, Senior Lawyers Division, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law & Commission on Disability Rights
  • This resolution amends Model Rule 1.8(e) by adding a narrow exception to the Rule that will increase access to justice for the most vulnerable clients.
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HOD Resolution 109A–Amendments to ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools Regarding Distance Education Programs

  • Submitted by the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • This resolution concurs in the action of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in making amendments dated August 2020 to Definitions, Standards, and Rules of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, that change the approval process for distance education programs to a substantive change process (Standard 105 and Rule 24) as required by the U.S. Department of Education, rather than the current variance process (Standard 107).
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HOD Resolution 109B–Amendments to ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools Regarding Emergency Actions

  • Submitted by the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • This resolution concurs in the action of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in making amendments dated August 2020 to Rule 2 of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, authorizing the Council to act quickly to address an emergency impacting multiple law schools—either regionally or nationally, by providing temporary relief from a rule or the requirements of a standard to allow law schools to respond to the emergency.
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Late-Breaking – Added 7/29/2020
HOD Resolution 301b – Urging the Recognition of June 19 (Juneteenth) as a Holiday

  • Urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to declare June 19 (Juneteenth) as a paid legal holiday, and to make its significance part of the curriculum in secondary schools.
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