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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.


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


Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work in the United States
March 2017 - Principal Author: Robin Runge, The George Washington University Law School

The American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Women Committee sponsors Webinar Series on Sexual Privacy as a Fundamental Right - March 2017

A Practical Guide to Representing Victims of Sexual Cyber Harassment Ethically and Effectively (Part 1)

The Legal Landscape - Painting the Big Picture of Sexual Privacy (Part 2)

Download. Watch. Get CLE credit!

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

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.

 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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