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 The American Bar Association and the All China Lawyers Association have signed a five-year agreement outlining ways they can work together, exchange information, jointly host events and facilitate international visits.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the associations’ presidents Dec. 6 in a formal ceremony in Beijing.  It was hailed by both sides as a milestone in a working raelationship between the two bars that has been developing since the 1990s.

“Both sides will make every effort to implement the Memorandum of Understanding fully, and thereby to realize our common goals of deepening our relationship on cooperative projects, promoting greater exchange among our associations’ members, and serving the public and the legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law,” said ABA President Karen J. Mathis.

The ABA and ACLA already partner on a variety of initiatives aimed at benefiting their members and strengthening the Chinese and American legal professions.  The new agreement further solidifies the relationship by defining activities the associations anticipate implementing in the future, such as sharing written information and resources, supporting mutual exchanges of members, and convening joint programs.

The agreement was signed by ABA President Karen J. Mathis during an extended trip to China, during which the two associations were set to hold a joint international conference on the issue of Youth at Risk, a focus of the ABA during President Mathis’s term.

With more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the independent, nongovernmental voice of the legal profession in the United States, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.

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