Aba Cuts Investments with Firms Involved in South Africa

Article excerpt

The American Bar Association (ABA) has joined the worldwide controversy surrounding South Africa, deciding to eliminate its short-term investments in corporations that have direct investments in the politically torn country.

The action was initiated by the association's board of governors at the request of the ABA's Law Student Division.

Previously the ABA's policy-making House of Delegates had voted to condemn apartheid, South Africa's policy of discrimination against the country's black majority.

The board's disinvestment action was taken to make an "additional clear statement about apartheid and to give formal approval to policies that had been in effect informally since July," the association said. . .

- General Motors Corp. and the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Techinical, Salaried and Machine Workers have established a legal services plan for union members employed by General Motors.

The plan is to be provided exclusively by Hyatt Legal Services, one of the nation's largest law firms.

The contract between Hyatt Legal Services and GM covers 38,000 current and retired employees for the company's facilities in Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Mississippi.

Hyatt will provide elegible employees with legal advice and representation for consumer and financial matters, including wills, adoptions, real estate transactions and tenant problems.

Participants in the plan will be able to use any of Hyatt's 575 attorneys in the firm's 200 offices located in 22 states and the District of Columbia. . .

- Oklahoma City attorneys now have a chance to use computers to locate those hard-to-find citations with the entry of United Research into the area market.

United Research is a computerized legal research organization which originated on the west coast and is affiliated with West Publishing Inc., one of the country's leading publishers of legal texts.

For a yearly fee of $365, and various charges for computer time, attorneys can have access to a computerized database with over 3.5 million citations. . .

- The 23rd Academy of American and International Law has been scheduled for June 1-July 11 in Dallas by the Southwestern Legal Foundation.

The academy will provide a chance for leaders from other countries to study American and international legal and business institutions with emphasis placed on the legal framework necessary for economic and social development.

The program is business oriented in a broad sense and covers a range of financial, commercial and industrial transactions, as well as relevant principles of law.

The program this past year included participants from 34 nations including judges, attorneys, journalists, businessmen and government officials.

Tuition for the six-week course is $3,000. Applications made by letter may be sent to the Academy of American and Internatinal Law through the Southwestern Legal Foundation in Dallas. …