The American Bar Association, through its Governmental Affairs Office (GAO), actively works with Congress and the Executive Branch on a daily basis. However, effective contacts from ABA members and state/local/specialty bar leaders, in their roles as local community leaders, lawyers and constituents, are an integral part of our lobbying efforts and a reason for our success.
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The ABA has been very successful with our grassroots lobbying efforts achieving victories in many areas, including:
Independence of the Judiciary
Federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation and its local grantees nationwide
Modification of the Justice Department's and CFTC's cooperation standards and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to protect the attorney-client privilege
Changes to the House-passed version of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act (H.R. 4173) that exempt lawyers engaged in the practice of law
The McDade/Murtha law, requiring federal government attorneys to adhere to state supreme court ethics rules
Federal funding for indigent defense
And many more...