Civil Rights and Social Justice

2016 Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner  Honoring Bryan Stevenson

8:00 p.m. — August 6, 2016
Westin St. Francis, San Francisco
“My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”

― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption


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Chair's Column

 Seven years ago, our Section’s Human Rights Magazine dedicated one of its issues to an analysis of the crucial role an independent judiciary plays in our nation’s democracy.  As then ABA president Tommy Wells noted in an introductory article, “…fair and impartial judges are the ultimate check on powerful individuals and institutions that would undermine individual rights and freedoms.”  President Wells then noted the types of threats that our judiciary was facing, including: a ballot initiative that would expose judges to criminal liability for their decisions; efforts to designate a state as “business friendly” based on the results of its court decisions; judicial election attacks based on unpopular decisions; and budget cuts within the judicial system.

Donation Station

Honoring our 50th Anniversary, we have an ambitious schedule of special programming, events, and projects to highlight our achievements. To support these activities, we have embarked on a fundraising campaign, and we need your help. We are asking all Section members to donate at least $50 to help us commemorate the proud heritage of the Section's 50 years of work.


American Muslims Show Humanitarian Islam
June 28, 2016 - Engy Abdelkader, Co-Chair, Religious Freedom Committee

This Ramadan, Curious George Teaches Kids About Islam and Muslims
June 6, 2016 - Engy Abdelkader, Co-Chair, Religious Freedom Committee

From Eagle Scouts to prom queens, a different view of American Muslims
May 18, 2016 - Engy Abdelkader, Co-Chair, Religious Freedom Committee

The NFL’s Nonsensical Approach To Punishment
May 16, 2016 - Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Section Chair

Senate panel debates federal surveillance law set to expire in 2017
May 10, 2016 - National Security and Civil Liberties Vice Chair Liza Goitein is quoted in the above article about the Senate panel hearing on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008

Policy Director Position Opening
Campaign for Youth Justice

Recent Programming

On May 9, 2016, the Bullyproof Committee sponsored a teleconference entitled, "Where Should Schools Draw the Line? Where Bullying and the First Amendment Collide."  To hear an audio recording of the program, please click the “Play” button in the box above.

Disclaimer: The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for listening.

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