Civil Rights and Social Justice

Honoring Section Leader Roy. A Hammer

In Memoriam: Roy A. Hammer
Statement of Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Chair of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Roy A. HammerIt is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of Roy A. Hammer, a long-time leader of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. In sharing this painful news with the Section, it feels impossible both to speak of Roy in the past tense, and to attempt to summarize what he has meant to decades of bar leaders in our Section, in the ABA generally, and in our home state of Massachusetts.

It is easy to write about Roy’s extensive list of accomplishments. He was an extraordinary lawyer whose wise counsel was sought after by high profile clients. His legal career in private practice would leave most lawyers satisfied with their own success and with little time to devote elsewhere. But most lawyers aren’t Roy Hammer.

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Chair's Column

Our Section’s celebration of its 50th anniversary provides an exciting opportunity to reflect back on what we have accomplished together, look ahead to help shape our future goals, and pause to celebrate civil rights heroes. We hope attendees see this occasion as an opportunity to become involved in the Section at a time when our national political discourse suggests that the fundamental rights and freedoms in this country are under assault.

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.

ABA Executive Director Jack Rives Delivers Welcome During Section's 50th Anniversary Celebrations



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

2016 CWL Annual Conference
Honoring Pauline Weaver, co-chair of the Education Committee

2016 Thurgood Marshall Award
Honoring Bryan Stevenson

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice--formerly Individual Rights and Responsibilities-- is proud to announce that Bryan Stevenson will receive the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Award on August 6, 2016 during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

To learn more about the award and its past recipients, click here.

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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