ABA press conference 1981
American Bar Association
Reece Smith, William Jr.
This is a video of a historic press conference held by the ABA in 1981 in response to the plans by the Reagan administration to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation. It includes extensive remarks by William Reece Smith Jr., ABA president from 1980-1981, and also features many other state bar leaders: David Rideout, member of the Executice Council and co-chairperson of teh Committee on Legal Services of the Boston Bar Association; Robert Irving, the vice president of the State Bar of California, Joe Mandel, president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Charles O. Fisher, president of the Maryland State bar, Mike Karwoski, assistant to the executive director of the State Bar of Michigan, Bill Borders, president of the National Bar Association, Judge Harold Tyler, vice president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Bob Patterson, past president of the New York State Bar Association; David Fawcett, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Joseph Foster, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Jim Langdon of the State Bar of Texas, and Lawrence J. Bugge of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Related materials: The William Reece Smith Papers (NEJL 017) include a transcript of the press conference: https://repository.library.georgetown.edu/handle/10822/708762Length: 46:30Mp4 file, reformatted from the original VHS tape.
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