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At its 1992 Midyear Meeting, the ABA House of Delegates approved a resolution recommending that individual lawyers and the organized bar play an active role in efforts to relieve the current shortage of donated organs and tissue. When fully implemented, these efforts will involve not only lawyers, but also their clients, health care professionals and the general public. The resolution's most ambitious goal is to make organ and tissue donation part of everyday law practice. Lawyers, as a matter of course, should raise the subject of organ and tissue donation when counselling clients on personal planning. But to educate their clients, lawyers must first educate themselves. There is a general lack of knowledge about organ and tissue donation among practicing lawyers, a deficiency that can and should be remedied. The resolution recommends that individual lawyers and the organized bar participate in efforts to inform the public. Although difficult to organize and usually lacking in immediate visible results, these efforts eventually bear fruit.


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