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Friday, Feb. 3 - Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
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Myles V. Lynk

2017 Father Drinan Award
Congratulations Myles V. Lynk

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Miami
Jasmine (Terrace level)

During the 2017 ABA Midyear meeting, the Section presented the 2017 Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service to former Section Chair Myles V. Lynk. He was selected for his longstanding commitment to advancing civil rights and for his outstanding service to the Section and ABA generally.

To learn more about Mr. Lynk's achievements, the history of the award, and its past recipients, please visit the 2017 Father Drinan Award webpage.

The Honorable Robert Katzmann2017 Thurgood Marshall Award
Honoring Judge Katzmann

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is proud to announce that the Honorable Robert Katzmann will receive the 2017 Thurgood Marshall Award on August 12, 2017, during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York, New York. Judge Katzmann is a champion of the rights of immigrants in the legal system, forming the Katzmann Study Group on Immigrant Representation, a group of volunteers dedicated to increasing the quality of competent legal representation of the immigrant poor.

To learn more about Judge Katzmann and the Thurgood Marshall Award, please visit the 2017 Thurgood Marshall Award webpage.

Chair's Column

Kirke KickingbirdA couple of days after the November election my daughter, a Kiowa tribal member like myself who is in her mid-30s, called me and asked this question: “Do we need to do anything?  Trump probably can’t tell one group of brown people from another.”  The treatment of Indians is a long standing question in American history down to the present day.  Her question reminded me of a statement by Felix Cohen, Associate Solicitor of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior in the 1930s-1940s.  By his early twenties he held a Ph.D in philosophy from Harvard and a law degree from Columbia.  He compiled a field manual on Indian law and policy for Bureau of Indian Affairs employees and administrators known as the Handbook of Federal Indian Law which still guides anyone who works in federal Indian law today.

Student Op-Ed

Growing up Under the Obama Administration: #ThanksObama

By: Princess Diaz, Section Intern

Kirke KickingbirdThe hashtag “Thanks Obama” initially began as a way for conservatives and anyone unhappy with Obama policy to tag their posts complaining about specific policies or actions; however, the term quickly became a joke, used by thousands across the country - including the 44th President himself (see Buzzfeed video). As we move into a new era, the age of the 45th President, it’s hard for many people to wrap their heads around the idea that President Obama is no longer in office. For my peers, I imagine it’s even harder. We were 12 when Obama was sworn in on January 20th, 2009 – some of us were 13, just entering our teenage years. He wasn’t my first president, he wasn’t even the first president that I loved, but I believe he’ll be my most memorable.

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