Bloomberg Law
Aug. 12, 2019, 8:50 PM

U.S. Virgin Islands Supporters Come Up Short at ABA Meeting

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

A proposal to seat the U.S. Virgin Islands in the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates this year failed on Monday, but a lengthy and vigorous debate over it was unexpected.

The delegates tied at 223 in a dramatic vote at their meeting in San Francisco, sending the measure to defeat with a two-thirds margin needed for passage.

Past ABA presidents and others gave passionate speeches before the vote. A show of hands was inconclusive before a count was ordered.

“We’re asking for equality,” said Anthony M. Ciolli, the resolution’s primary sponsor.

“The time is now” to give the Virgin ...

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