Highlights of the March 2012 House of Delegates Meeting:

• Hon. Robert T. Russell, Jr., a judge of the Buffalo City Court, led a presentation on the operation of the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court, joined by court coordinator Pamela LaMancuso and program graduates David Krieger, Manny Welch, and Britt Walker, who discussed their experiences with the court.

• The Special Committee on Veterans provided an update on the committee’s work to date, including a study of ways to expand veterans courts throughout the state, the development of a mentors’ guide and resource guide, legislation to enable veterans to have access to treatment courts, and increased legal services for veterans.

• The House the report and recommendations of the Committee To Ensure Quality of Mandated Representation with respect to methods of sharing resources between providers of mandated representation, including efforts to promote the sharing of resources.

• The Special Committee on Immigration Representation presented an informational report on its work to date on improving the quality of representation in immigration matters, noting that there is a direct correlation between success rates in removal proceedings and being represented by counsel/detention status.

• The Committee on Membership presented a final report on the President’s Diversity Challenge, reviewing section initiatives to increase diversity including providing internships, collaborating with minority bar associations, developing mentoring programs, and including diversity positions on section executive committees.

• The Committee on Judicial Wellness, which has as its goal the provision of support for judges and treatment of impaired judges, provided an update on its work.

• The Special Committee on Strategic Planning reported on the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the Association, focused on membership value and technology.