PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION SUPPORTING AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION RESOLUTIONS 104, 108 AND 115

WHEREAS, at its August 2017 meeting, the American Bar Association House of Delegates will be considering adoption of Resolutions 104, 108 and 115; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 104 would oppose restructuring the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and would encourage the utilization of technological and procedural innovations by the federal courts to enable them to handle caseloads efficiently while maintaining coherent, consistent law in their respective jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, consistent with Resolution Urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Board of Law Examiners to Welcome Qualified Candidates to the Pennsylvania Bar Regardless of Immigration Status adopted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors on December 15, 2016, Resolution 108 would support the principle that bar admission should not be denied based solely on immigration status; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 115 would support the appointment of counsel at federal government expense to represent all indigent persons in removal proceedings in Immigration Courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals and, in the absence of federal action, would encourage state, local, territorial and tribal governments to appoint legal counsel in such proceedings; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors has reviewed each of the Resolutions and supports the goals of each Resolution.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association supports adoption by the American Bar Association House of Delegates of proposed Resolutions 104, 108 and 115.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: June 22, 2017