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Issues Agenda Nomination Form 2015


Due Process Protections for VA Senior Execs


FY 2015 Funding Request - Senate


FY 2015 Funding Request


pposition to H.R. 2655, Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013


Issues Agenda Nomination Form-2014


Issues Agenda Nomination Form 2012 PDF


Issues Agenda Nomination Form 2012


Belleau ltr to Obama re Veterans Claims vacancies.pdf


Endorsement of the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act (S. 442)

In a letter to Sen. Richard Durbin, FBA President William N. LaForge provides the endorsement of the Federal Bar Association of the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act (S. 442), to establish a student loan repayment assistance program for state and local criminal prosecutors and state, local, and federal public defenders. (6/25/07)


Letter to Senate Regarding the Federal Judgeship Act of 2009

FBA President Lawrence R. Baca extends the FBA's Support for S. 1653, the Federal Judgeship Act of 2009. (9/28/09)


Letter to President Barack Obama

In a letter to President Barack Obama, FBA President Lawrence R. Baca expresses the FBA's concern about the growing number of federal judicial vacancies and urges for expedited action by the President and the Senate in filling vacancies. (3/11/10)


Letter to the House Endorsing the Federal Judiciary's Funding Request to Increase the Criminal Justice Act Non-capital Panel Attorney Rate

In a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, FBA President William N. LaForge provides endorsement of the Federal Bar Association of the Federal Judiciary's funding request to increase the Criminal Justice Act non-capital panel attorney rate to $113 per hour. (5/16/07)


Letter to the Senate Endorsing the Federal Judiciary's Funding Request to Increase the Criminal Justice Act Non-capital Panel Attorney Rate

In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, FBA President William N. LaForge provides endorsement of the Federal Bar Association of the Federal Judiciary's funding request to increase the Criminal Justice Act non-capital panel attorney rate to $113 per hour. (5/16/07)


Endorsement of S. 2774, Federal Judgeship Act of 2008

Letter to Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Arlen Specter providing the endorsement of the Federal Bar Association of the Federal Judgeship Act of 2008 (S. 2774) (5/10/08)


Opposition to the Split of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee leadership, FBA President William N. LaForge expresses the FBA's opposition to legislation (S. 1854) to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (09/18/06)


Statement of Hon. Rick Waitsman Before the House Committee on Ways and Means

The statement of Hon. Rick Waitsman, vice chair of the FBA Social Security Section, on "Clearing the Backlog -- Giving the Social Security Administration the Resources It Needs to Provide the Benefits Workers Have Earned" before the House Committee on Ways and Means. (4/23/08)


Letter to Congressional Leaders in Support of 2009 COLA for the Federal Judiciary

In a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and Minority Leader Boehner, FBA President Juanita Sales Lee urges the House of Representatives to pass legislation that provides to all federal judges a cost-of-living adjustment for 2009.


S. 378, Court Security Improvement Act of 2007

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee leadership, FBA President William N. LaForge urges for the prompt action on S. 378, the Court Security Improvement Act of 2007. (2/14/07)


Letter to House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce and Agency Organization

In a letter to House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce and Agency Organization, FBA President William N. LaForge urges for congressional and presidential action to elevate judicial salaries, along with those of high-level Executive Branch officials and members of Congress. (09/20/06)


Letter to U.S. Attorney General Hon. Michael B. Mukasey Regarding Department of Justice Institutional Reforms

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, FBA President James S. Richardson thanks the attorney general for the substantial institutional reforms he has implemented regarding hiring and training of federal attorneys at the Department of Justice. (9/8/08)


Letter to House Subcommittee on Social Security, Regarding Social Security Administration Resources

In a letter to the House Subcommittee on Social Security, FBA Social Security Section Chair Gary Flack urges increased resources for the Social Security Administration to address the increasing backlog of disability hearing appeals. (2/28/07)


Federal Judicial Pay: An Update on the Urgent Need for Action

A white paper of the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association, May 2003


Letter to Senate and House Armed Service Committee Leadership Regarding Army, Navy, and Air Force JAG Corps

In a letter to Senate and House Armed Service Committee leadership, FBA President William N. LaForge urges elevation of the statutory grades of senior members of the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. (9/11/06)


Federal Judicial Pay Erosion: A Report on the Need for Reform

A white paper of the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association, February 2001


Belleau ltr to SFSG re Judiciary funding 042011.pdf


Letter to Senate Leadership Regarding Social Security Administration Administrative Expenses

In a letter to the Senate leadership, FBA Social Security Section Chair Gary Flack urges full funding of the President's budget request for Social Security Administration Administrative Expenses


Letters to Leaders of the House Government Oversight and Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees

In letters to the leaders of the House Government Oversight and Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees, FBA President James S. Richardson Sr. urges exclusion of the Conyers Amendment from any final version of the Inspector General reform legislation, to assure continued retention of exclusive responsibility by the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility for the investigation of alleged wrongdoing by DOJ attorney. (9/3/08)


Endorsement of the Enhanced Financial Recovery and Equitable Retirement Treatment Act (S. 1729)

In a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Arlen Specter, FBA President James S. Richardson Sr. provides endorsement of the Federal Bar Association of the Enhanced Financial Recovery and Equitable Retirement Treatment Act (S. 1729). (12/7/07)


Belleau ltr to HFSG re Judiciary funding 042011.pdf


Statement of FBA Veterans Law Section to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Regarding VA and Indian Health Service Cooperation

Statement of the FBA Veterans Law Section to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs at a Hearing on VA and Indian Health Service cooperation. (11/5/09)


Endorsement of the Enhanced Financial Recovery and Equitable Retirement Treatment Act (H.R. 2878)

In a letter to Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Lamar Smith, FBA President James S. Richardson Sr. provides endorsement of the Federal Bar Association of the Enhanced Financial Recovery and Equitable Retirement Treatment Act (H.R. 2878). (12/7/07)


Letter to Senate Armed Service Committee Leadership Regarding Military Commission Trials of Enemy Combatants

In a letter to the Senate Armed Service Committee leadership, FBA President William N. LaForge urges Congress to define carefully the circumstances under which military commission trials of enemy combatants may be used, the procedures employed, and the evidence considered. (9/14/06)


Congratulatory Letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., FBA President Juanita Sales Lee offers congratulations as he begins his service. (2/24/09)


Opposition of Section 601 of the Trade Enforcement Act of 2007 (S. 1919)

In a letter to Sen. Max Baucus and Sen. Charles Grassley, FBA President James S. Richardson provides the FBA's opposition of Section 601 of S. 1919, the Trade Enforcement Act of 2007. (12/7/07)


Statement of Hon. Larry A. Auerbach Before the House Subcommittee on Social Security

The statement of Hon. Larry A. Auerbach on behalf of the FBA Social Security Section on "Clearing the Disability Claims Backlogs: The Social Security Administration's Progress and New Challenges Arising from the Recession" before the House Subcommittee on Social Security. (11/19/09)


Draft Bill Concerning Law Enforcement Issues

In a letter to Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, FBA President James S. Richardson Sr. provides the FBA's views on a draft bill concerning law enforcement issues in Indian Country. (7/2/08)


Letter to John Clark, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service

This letter expresses praise for the establishment of a working group to address courthouse security issues and offering the assistance of the Federal Bar Association. (3/4/10)


Opposition to H.R. 5219, Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act of 2006

In al letter to the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives FBA President William N. LAForge expresses the FBA's opposition to H.R. 5219, the Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act of 2006, legislation that would establish an office of inspector general for the federal judiciary. The FBA urges the leadership to refrain from bringing the measure to the House floor for approval during the remainder of the 109th Congress. (10/25/06)


FBA Files Amicus Brief with Supreme Court

The Federal Bar Association has filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court of the United States to accept a case that contends that the denial of cost-of-living salary adjustments to federal judges violates the Constitution.


Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Leaders

In a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Lawrence R. Baca expresses the FBA's concern about the growing number of federal judicial vacancies and urges for expedited action by the President and the Senate in filling vacancies. (3/16/10)


Letter to Senate Regarding Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2010, H.R. 4506

FBA President Lawrence R. Baca communicates to the Senate Judiciary Committee the support of the Federal Bar Association for the creation or conversion of additional bankruptcy judgeships, as authorized by the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2010, H.R. 4506. The legislation, approved by the House of Representatives on March 12, 2010, authorizes 13 new bankruptcy judgeships on a permanent basis, converts 22 temporarily authorized bankruptcy judgeships to permanent status, and extends the temporary authorization for 2 bankruptcy judgeships for another 5 years. These additional bankruptcy judgeships reflect the recommendations of the Judicial Conference of the United States. (5/18/10)


Letter to Senate Regarding the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act

In a letter to Sen. Richard Durbin, FBA President William N. LaForge urges Senate action to include the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act (S. 442) on the Higher Education Reconciliation bill (College Cost Reduction Act of 2007, H.R. 2669). (7/19/07)


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