4 Crim. Just. 1 (1976-1977)

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Highlights


Speedy Trial


See page 10


Implementation
Roundup               See pages 4-6

TV Spots                See page 3

London Seminar          See page 12


Lawyers Urged to Counsel

Ex-Offenders on Personal Basis


  The American  Bar Association has
called upon all lawyers to counsel ex-
offenders and help reintegrate them
into society.
  The  call came in the form  of a
resolution passed by the 340-member
House  of Delegates, policy-making
body  of the  ABA,  at its Midyear
Meeting  in  Philadelphia in  mid-
February.
  The  resolution was sponsored by
the Criminal Justice Section, with the
strong  support  of  several other
Sections.
  It reads as follows:


  Be it resolved, that the American Bar
Association urges each ABA member to
contribute his or her services voluntarily as
a personal counselor, on a one-to-one
basis, to an offender or ex-offender who
has no lawyer, to assist in that person's
successful reintegration into society.
  Such counseling might include guid-
ance and assistance on matters such as job
training, employment (including informa-
tion on existing laws and procedures
restricting ex-offenders seeking jobs),
family relations, personal finances,
housing, expungement of records, etc.,
based on the attorney's own expertise; or
from appropriate available outside com-
munity sources located by the attorney.


                                                  (continued on page  3)


Section Council to Meet

in   Washington, May 15-16


Edwin   R.   Bethune,   assistant
secretary  of  the  Section,  tells
members   of the  National Confer-
ence of Bar Presidents and National
Council of Bar Executives how  his
state revamped  its criminal code,
implementing  thereby 90%   of the
ABA   Standards for Criminal  Jus-
tice. See story on page 7.


  The Council of the Criminal Justice
Section  will consider a  crowded
agenda when  it convenes May 15-16
in Washington, DC,  at the Embassy
Row  Hotel.
  Members  of the Section living in the
Washington area are invited to attend
the sessions, beginning at 9 a.m., but
must notify the staff office if they plan
to attend. (See address, page 2.)
  Among  the items to be considered
are Section positions on the awarding
of attorneys' fees in criminal cases,
voir dire in federal trials, competency
of defendants to stand trial, mandatory
minimum   sentencing, and others.
  At  its winter meeting in  Phila-
delphia, the Council:
  * established a policy on proposed
amendments  to Rule 35 of the Federal
Rules of Criminal Procedure.
  * adopted a  student input pro-
gram  to increase student involve-
ment in Section committee work;
  * thanked the  ). Edgar  Hoover
Foundation and its president, Louis B.


Nichols,  for continuing  financial
support of the Section's implementa-
tion program;
  * referred a report on sentencing
reforms back to committee for further
study;
  * approved the report of the ABA
Special Committee to Study Federal
Law Enforcement Agencies;
  * referred proposed  grand  jury
standards  to  the   ABA   Special
Committee  on the Administration of
Criminal Justice;
  * opposed  a  bill which  would
compensate  lawyers' fees to those
acquitted in federal criminal cases;
  * instructed the Section delegate to
vote for a resolution placing the ABA
in favor of decriminalizing commer-
cial sex between consenting adults in
private;
  * received the names of nominees
for  Section offices  and  Council
members  for the 1976-77 Association
year. (See page 6.)
             (continued on page 6)

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