The American Bar Association went on record Tuesday against a Republican-led attempt in Congress to return officially sanctioned prayers to the nation’s public schools.
However, the 370,000-lawyer group chose as a future president a Birmingham, Ala., attorney who favors school prayer. N. Lee Cooper, 55, said he hopes to use the presidency, which he will assume in 1996, “to moderate some of the association’s views.”
The ABA’s policy-making House of Delegates voted to oppose amending the Constitution to allow such organized prayers. The action came on a nearly unanimous voice vote by 538 delegates as the ABA concluded its weeklong national convention.