House adjourned. – 4:58p.m.

February 16, 2009

The House is now adjourned and so is this blog. Thank you for following us throughout the day.

Click here for a comprehensive list of rules adopted by the House.

For all legal news and features, please visit the Lawyers USA website.


“Abraham Lincoln” extends invitation – 4:55p.m.

February 16, 2009

An actor portraying the sixteenth President invited the remaining delegates to the annual ABA Meeting in Chicago, to be held July 30-August 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Click here for more information.


Three quick rulings close out House day – 4:52p.m.

February 16, 2009

The following recommendations have been adopted:

113B, recommends urging the establishment of voluntary pre-selection programs to assist judicial candidates in making decisions on pursuing judicial careers passes without opposition.

114 urges the amending the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to clarify the rights of servicemembers or their dependents to sue for civil enforcement of rights under the act. Passes easily

Report 301 supports the right of clients to take an immediate appeal from an order that rejects a claim of attoney-client privilege passed.


111B passes – 4:39p.m.

February 16, 2009

Rule 111B, which opposes use of mandatory, pre-dispute binding arbitration between a long-term nursing care facility and a resident has been adopted.

Joseph D O’Connor, Chair for the Commission on Law and Aging said the resolution was “needed to protect among the most vulnerable in our society…our association supports justice and the elders of society need that justice more than anything”


Report 108 passes easily – 4:27p.m.

February 16, 2009

Without any opposing speaker, Report 108 passed easily before the House of Delegates.

The recommendation supports the enactment of legislation to allow same sex couples to act as the immigration sponsor of their partner for permanent residence in the U.S.

Mark Agrast, Chair of the Commission on Immigration spoke on behalf of the recommendation. “”Nobody should be forced to choose between their family and the country they love.”


Zack nominated as pres-elect – 4:14p.m.

February 16, 2009

Stephen N. Zack has just been nominated as president-elect of the ABA in 2009-10. More to follow.


109 adopted – 3:59p.m.

February 16, 2009

Rule 109, which would permit the screening of lateral-hire lawyers so that conflicts-of-interest are not imputed to other lawyers in the new firm, has been adopted by the House of Delegates. Two hundred, twenty-six delegates voted in favor of the resolution. One hundred ninety-one were opposed.


House again split on 109 -3:54p.m.

February 16, 2009

The division caused by 110 has spilled over into Rule 109. The House will again turn to a manual head count.


Opposition to 109 – 3:52p.m.

February 16, 2009

Following the failure of Rule 109, the debate for Rule 109 carries on…

Joanne Epps, a law professor at Temple University: “We are talking about the model rules…a rule as broad as 109 ought to be defeated…if you think 109 is a better rule, vote for it. But dont make the reason that we’re in tough economic times.”


Reports 110 voted down -3:34 (UPDATE 3:41 Amendment defeate

February 16, 2009

After a lengthy head count, the motion to substitute Rule 110 failed. 267 delegates stood opposed to the proposed resolutions compared with 182 in favor.

The ruling was greeted with applause in the Hynes Convention Center ballroom.


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