2015 Public Policy Priorities
What Does the Budget Deal Mean for the Federal Courts?
View a summary of the current public policy priorities of the Federal Bar Association.
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.
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.
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.
Sequestration Drives Scheduling Changes at D.C. Federal Court
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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.
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.