Last August, the American Bar Association made a controversial decision to rescind its support for changes in the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prohibit private clubs from discriminating against women and mies. The recision marked the first time the nation's largest legal group had ever reversed itself.
A fight brewing again, with an effort to reverse it likely next month at the ABA's annual meeting in Atlanta.
With oming, the trade group that represents private clubs is gearing up to repeat the extensive lobbying effort it wyers around on the issue the first time.
The National Club Association was so proud of that initial effort that it a won a special award for it in March from the American Society of Association Executives.
In its bid for thned how it mounted a "triumphant campaign" to sway ABA delegates last August.
The NCA boasted that it had cto-attorney network to get the message out" and had not only identified delegates who favored recision, but hetheir comments. NCA said it had succeeded in "penetrating a foreign body" after learning "how to customize arguments most likely to appeal tdelegates."
"NCA determined that all approaches to the delegates should be discreet and indirect," the appl the group "established a national network of attorneys who were loyal club members" to press the group's case.
"The immediate result of the campaign was a decisive victory," the NCA gloated. "Instead of having to rebut an ABA position against private clubs, NCA can now cite the prestigious ABA as a supporter of NCA's position."
The NCA says it now has "new allies" who will help "mount another campaign if necessary."
One furtheenefit of the lobbying effort: donations and memberships at the NCA are up. One drawback: ABA officials have art.