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Old 05-03-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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The American Bar Association is facing mounting pressure to move a conference in Phoenix scheduled for next week after its co-sponsor backed out and two New York public interest law groups called for a boycott to protest Arizona's controversial new immigration law.The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono arm of the New York City Bar, on Monday called for the conference to be moved to another state, while the Legal Aid Society said three employees who had intended to go will not attend. The board of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, which was to co-sponsor the conference, voted late Monday to pull out of the event.The boycotts come in reaction to an Arizona law enacted last month that makes it illegal not to carry immigration documents and gives police authority to detain anyone on the basis of "reasonable suspicion" that a person is in the country illegally. The ABA conference is scheduled for May 13-15 and will focus on legal services for poor and low-income individuals. More than 800 people are expected to attend, according to the conference's website.
Law.com - ABA Pressured to Move Immigration Conference out of Arizona
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