The American Bar Association unanimously passed the FASD resolution. Below is an excerpt. Click here for the FASD Full Report.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, Criminal Justice Section, Commission on Disability Rights, Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, Death Penalty Representation Project, Health Law Section, Judicial Division, Alaska Bar Association, and the American Judicature Society
RESOLUTION APPROVED BY THE ABA HOUSE OF DELEGATES – AUGUST 7, 2012
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges attorneys and judges, state, local, and specialty bar associations, and law school clinical programs to help identify and respond effectively to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in children and adults, through training to enhance awareness of FASD and its impact on individuals in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and adult criminal justice systems and the value of collaboration with medical, mental health, and disability experts.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the passage of laws, and adoption of policies at all levels of government, that acknowledge and treat the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and better assist individuals with FASD.