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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.


May 19, 2017 - Section holds successful program on Sanctuary Cities at the National Press Club:

Sanctuary Cities: Legitimate Law Enforcement Policy or Rogue Action?

The program was taped by C-SPAN and will air this weekend.

Click here to watch a recording of the live video stream.

Bullying - GPSOLO, Volume 34, Number 2
March/April 2017 - Mario A. Sullivan, Bullyproof Committee Co-chair

Environmental Justice Panel - Howard University School of Law
April 13, 2017 - Moderated by Scott Badenoch, Environmental Justice Committee Co-chair

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope
April 5, 2017 - Moderated by Steve Wermiel, Section Council Member

How the NCAA Could Be the Biggest Hero For LGBT Rights
April 4, 2017 - Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Immediate Past Chair

Chair's Column

Kirke KickingbirdWatching the Trump Administration put itself in place seems, at times, to resemble the operation of a Rube Goldberg device. The assumption of office seems to ask the question, “Why walk across the room and open the door, when you can set up a contraption with 500 moving parts to open the door?” Unequivocal statements of Administration policy seem to be blunted by political realities. Repeal of Obamacare collapsed in the face of the discovery by citizens and Congressmen alike that it was also known as the Affordable Care Act. One of my colleagues was amused by the fact that in January he saw a Facebook discussion on Obamacare repeal in which one person asked a repeal minded person, “What are you going to do about health insurance if Obamacare is repealed?” The repeal minded person replied that he wasn’t worried about the demise of Obamacare because he would get his health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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.

 Recent Programming

On April 13, 2017, the Environmental Justice Committee sponsored a teleconference entitled, "Breaking Ground at Standing Rock: The Dakota Access Pipeline and Environmental Justice." To listen to a recording of the program, please click play on the audio player below.

On April 19, 2017, the Privacy and Information Protection Committee sponsored a teleconference entitled, "“What Do Online Consumers Need to Know? The Implications of Repealing the FCC Privacy Rules on Internet Use." To listen to a recording of the program, please click play on the audio player below.

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