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2021 ABA Law Student Division Resolutions Agenda

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Resolution 506 (adopted)

  • Urges federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments to enact laws and adopt policies prohibiting the use of chemical agents on young people in detention and corrections facilities;
  • Urges court systems, lawyers, law enforcement leaders, medical professionals, law schools and bar associations to promote awareness of the harmful effects of using chemical agents on young people in detention and correctional facilities;
  • Replaces ABA Juvenile Justice Standards, Standards Relating to Corrections Administration, Standard 7.8(B).

Resolution 509  (adopted)

  • Urges the bar admission authority of each jurisdiction to adopt rules that allow attorneys in their jurisdiction to earn continuing legal education credit for service as a poll or election worker.

Resolution 510 (adopted)

  • Urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to enact legislation that bans the use of no-knock warrants, which generally permit law enforcement officers to enter a premises without first identifying their authority and purpose. Additionally, any evidence obtained during the execution of a search that violates laws banning No Knock Warrants shall be excluded at trial and during litigation.

Resolution 511 (adopted)

  • Urges Congress to enact the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act or similar legislation that:
    • (1) guarantees pregnant workers the right to reasonable accommodations, so they can continue working without jeopardizing their pregnancy, unless doing so poses an undue burden on an employer’s business; and
    • (2) prohibits employers from: denying pregnant workers employment opportunities based on the employer’s need to make reasonable accommodations; retaliating or taking other adverse employment actions against pregnant workers for requesting a reasonable accommodation; or forcing them to take paid or unpaid leave if another reasonable accommodation is available; and
    • (3) provides pregnant workers the same rights and remedies as those established under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including lost pay, compensatory damages, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.

Resolution 512 (adopted)

  • Urges Congress to amend the U.S. Bankruptcy code to permit student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy without proving “undue hardship,” as currently required by 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(8).

Resolution 602 (adopted)

  • Urges bar associations, specialty bar associations, and legal employers developing and implementing policies and practices permitting the safe return to the workplace to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact within the legal profession on people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, caregivers, and seniors.

Resolution 603 (adopted)

  • Encourages bar associations and legal employers to develop, disseminate, and provide guidance and resources to assist with the implementation of policies and best practices for the safe and effective return to the workplace as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resolution 608 (adopted)

  • Urges federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments to enact laws and policies to provide a living wage to all employees, scaled to close the gap between salaries and benefits paid to company CEOs, other management employees, and the company workers;
  • Supports legislation such as the Raise the Wage Act, S.53 that would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025; and
  • Supports legislation such as the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act, S.794 that would impose tax penalties upon corporations when CEO pay exceeds 50 times that of their average worker.