Jim Holmes Participates in ABA Day in Washington, D.C.
Jim Holmes recently participated in ABA Day, the American Bar Association’s annual lobbying event held in Washington, D.C. ABA Day consists of attorneys from across the nation convening on Capitol Hill to speak to their members of Congress about issues most critical to the legal profession.
Focus points for this year’s advocacy day were funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and advocating for homeless veterans. LSC grantees provide civil legal aid to constituents at 125 percent of the poverty level and below, and ABA lawyers advocated for an increase in LSC funding. Attorneys also advocated for legislation authorizing private-public partnerships with the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve access to justice for homeless veterans.
ABA Day included the Justice Awards Reception and Dinner, where awards were given to select members of Congress in appreciation of their support for issues of critical importance to the ABA and the administration of justice. This year’s ABA Day event had a gathering of more than 300 American Bar Association and state, local and specialty bar association leaders.