24 Judges J. 1 (1985)

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ABA Midyear Meeting Summary
The House of Delegates at the 1985 ABA Midyear Meet-
ing voted to support simplification of federal tax laws,
oppose South Africa's apartheid in its various manifes-
tations, and recommend strengthening nuclear non-
proliferation accords. At the meeting, held in Detroit
February 13-20, 1985, the ABA also adopted a number
of resolutions that would directly affect the courts. The
* Recommends that courts appointing attorneys in
death penalty cases appoint two counsel, one as pri-
mary, who has substantial trial experience de-
fending serious felony cases, and the other as assis-
tant counsel.
 Opposes awarding contracts to provide criminal
defense services solely on the basis of cost, and sup-
ported use of addditional criteria including attorney
workload maximums, staffing ratios, criminal law
practice expertise, and training, supervision, and
compensation guidelines.
 Urges Congress to place exclusive appellate juris-
diction over future emergency economic controls in
an existing permanent court of appeals, which
would replace the Temporary Emergency Court of
Appeals, created in 1971.
 Supports legislation to provide judges of the U.S.
Court of Claims with benefits, compensation, disa-
bility protection, and retirement provisions suffi-
cient to attract well-qualified judges. The resolution
also called for the allowing the recall of retired
judges for temporary service.
 Deferred consideration of the Guidelines for Eval-
uation of Judicial Performance, but they will be re-
introduced at this summer's ABA Annual Meeting.
The guidelines, which will be reported in detail in an
upcoming issue of the Judges' Journal, were de-
ferred to allow more commentary from the judicia-
ry and other groups.
In other areas, the ABA went on record as opposing
the prohibition of ideas and information into the United
States as protected by the First Amendment; urged that
immigration legislation include employment discrimi-
nation protection for non-citizens authorized to work in
the United States; and raised the dues structure for fiscal

year 1985-86 to $150 for members admitted to the bar
for 10 or more years. There were 24 resolutions in all
adopted by the ABA at the Midyear Meeting.
Also at the ABA Midyear Meeting, Chief Justice
Warren E. Burger delivered his annual State of the Judi-
ciary address, where he called again for the creation of
an inter-circuit panel of federal appellate judges to help
with the growing caseload. ABA president-elect-nomi-
nee Eugene C. Thomas of Boise, Idaho said that some
type of action is likely to be supported by the ABA to
ease the U.S. Supreme Court's heavy caseload but cau-
tioned that the creation of another federal court re-
mains to be seen. Thomas, in calling the Chief
Justice's argument compelling, urged that any
changes in the federal courts must assure the integrity
of a system focused on a Supreme Court that functions
to serve the law and is still available and not more
remote in appropriate cases.
Although the ABA's Midyear Meeting is largely com-
posed of working sessions, a number of educational
programs were held on such topics as: Minorities in the
Legal Profession, Alternative Methods of Dispute
Resolution, Domestic Violence, How Bars Deal
with Criticism and the Greylord Scandal, Hearings
on Drunk Driving Enforcement Techniques, and
Evidence Skills in Administrative Proceedings and
Judicial Review. Many of these topics will be included
as separate news features in upcoming issues of the
Judges 'Journal.
Timely Justice
A National Conference on Court Delay Reduction,
sponsored by the National Center for State Courts with
the support of the Judicial Administration Division and
its conferences and 40 other court-related organiza-
tions, is scheduled for September 5-7, 1985, at the Fair-
mont Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Because conference
attendance is limited to 500 participants, preregistration
is required. The registration fee is $200 by May 1, and
$250 after May 1.
The three day conference will address not only the
problems of delay in general and limited jurisdiction
trial courts, but also in the appellate courts. Proven
techniques for implementing delay reduction programs,

Winter 1985

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