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The Honorable Robert Katzmann

2017 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.


Section-sponsored ABA amicus brief filed in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G
March 2, 2017

Muslim Ban, Women’s Rights and “Honor Killings”
March 7, 2017 - Engy Abdelkader, Religious Freedom Co-chair

The Legal Landscape - Painting the Big Picture of Sexual Privacy (Part 2)
March 1, 2017 - Webinar Series on Sexual Privacy as a Fundamental Right in partnership with the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Women Committee
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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

Freedom to Fly

By: Princess Diaz, Section Intern

Kirke KickingbirdLike many, I have always viewed D.C. as the political capital of the United States of America. Although I’ve been interested in politics from a young age, I don’t think that I’ve ever felt the significance of growing up so close to the political stage that D.C. is. I’ve visited countless times but I’ve never felt, or been inspired by the infectious atmosphere the city has – until now. This past week I haven’t been able to shake this electric feeling that engulfs me every time I’ve had the opportunity to participate in an event, or simply walk around the city that I’ve grown to love.

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