Government Relations



Judges Prevail in Contest over Judicial Salaries
Judicial salaries of Article III judges have been elevated to new levels as a result of successfully concluded litigation challenging the withholding of cost-of-living increases (COLAs) by Congress.

What Does the Budget Deal Mean for the Federal Courts?
Read a summary of the budget deal Congress recently approved, and what it means for the federal courts.

FBA Urges Creation of Nazi-Looted Art Commission
The Federal Bar Association (FBA) has called for Congressional establishment of a commission to address identification and ownership issues related to artworks unlawfully taken during the Nazi regime but remain unreturned to their rightful owners. View the press release.

FBA Calls For Creation of a Federal Immigration Court
The Federal Bar Association (FBA) has called upon Congress to create a specialized federal court for the adjudication of immigration claims under the Immigration and Naturalization Act. View the press release.

Senators Coons, Leahy introduce bill to create 91 new judgeships
Legislation is based on recommendations of nonpartisan Judicial Conference led by Chief Justice John Roberts... Read the Press Release

How the Sequester Is Holding Up Our Legal System
Budget cuts caused by the sequester are already hindering the timely administration of justice -- and federal judges say a constitutional crisis may be on the horizon... Read More...

FBA Leaders Urge Congress to Act on Court Funding, Judicial Vacancies
Twenty FBA leaders from across the country met with Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, and senior Congressional staff to press for Congressional action on some of the foremost challenges facing the federal courts... Read More...

Consider All Nominees Without Delay

The Federal Bar Association urges the Senate to work in a bipartisan fashion to promptly confirm qualified judicial nominees.
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Congress Should Provide Supplemental Funding to Federal Courts To Mitigate Sequestration
The Federal Bar Association supports an emergency supplemental appropriation for the Federal Judiciary to lessen the devastating impact of sequestration on the operations of the federal courts.
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Viewpoints: Cuts will make federal judiciary mediocre
David F. Levi, Sacramento Bee
What would the United States be like without a first-rate federal judiciary? We are about to find out if two of the three branches of government have their way.
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Sequestration Drives Scheduling Changes at D.C. Federal Court
LegalTimes Law Blog
To accommodate expected furloughs in federal law enforcement and defender services agencies, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will stop scheduling most criminal matters on alternating Fridays from April 26 through September 30, court officials said.
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Continuing Resolution Passes: Federal Courts To Be Funded Through FY2013


On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Congress agreed on a Continuing Resolution that keeps the federal courts and the rest of the government funded through the end of the fiscal year.
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Resources

What Does the Budget Deal Mean for the Federal Courts?

A summary of the budget deal Congress recently approved, and what it means for the federal courts.


Government Shutdown Update

As the government shutdown continues into Day Ten, there are signs that the impasse in Washington may be coming to an end, as White House talks with Congressional Republicans suggest the making of a short-term deal that provides temporary funding for government operations, temporarily lifts the debt ceiling, and provides a framework for discussions over FY 2014 spending and the sequester, the tax code and entitlement spending.


Congress Should Provide Supplemental Funding to Federal Courts To Mitigate Sequestration

The Federal Bar Association supports an emergency supplemental appropriation for the Federal Judiciary to lessen the devastating impact of sequestration on the operations of the federal courts.


Interview: Bruce Moyer on Sequestration

On March 26 Bruce Moyer, the Federal Bar Association's Counsel for Government Relations, discussed the impact of sequestration on the federal courts in an interview on FedNewsRadio.


Continuing Resolution Passes: Federal Courts To Be Funded Through FY2013

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Congress agreed on a Continuing Resolution that keeps the federal courts and the rest of the government funded through the end of the fiscal year.


The Other Crisis Facing the Federal Judiciary

Is judicial pay leading far too many federal judges to retire early?


Federal Lawyers Brace for the Budget Sequester

Federally-employed lawyers are preparing for deep budget cuts, set to begin on Friday, March 1, that could ultimately bring about layoffs and operation slowdowns across the government. The across-the-board budget cuts, known in budget parlance as a sequester, will affect federal spending and operations in every state, including legal activities.


Model Letters to Congress

The National office of the Federal Bar Association needs your help. We are requesting that each chapter and its members contact Congress immediately to urge action so as to avoid the automatic budget cuts that will cripple the federal court system. Your chapter's communication with Congress is critical. This package contains information on the issue, its importance and how you can help.


Growing the Grassroots

A presentation given by Bruce Moyer, FBA government relations counsel, at the 2009 Chapter Leadership Training program.


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