Summer 2006

Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner and CLE Programs Highlight 2006 Annual Meeting

Among the highlights of the ABA Annual Meeting, Aug. 4-6, 2006, will be four CLE programs and the 15 th Annual Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner.

On Thurs., Aug. 3, at 7:30 a.m., the Section will present the plenary session, The Legal Status of Native Hawaiians. This moderated discussion will examine the legal implications following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Rice v. Cayetano, 528 U.S. 495 (2000) and the recently defeated federal legislation (S 147) relating to the federal policy of tribal self-determination as applied in the other States of the Union. Speakers include Patricia Zell, former Minority Staff Director, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Hon. Robert Klein, former associate justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court; William Meheula, Winer, Meheula & Devens, LLP; Mary Smith, former Associate Counsel to President Clinton; Jonathan Osorio, Director, Kamakakuokalani Center for Human Studies; and Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Director, Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. Chair of the Section’s Committee on Native American Concerns, S. Bobo Dean, will serve as moderator.

On Fri., Aug. 4, the Section will present The Separation of Church and State: Is the Wall Crumbling? at 7:30 a.m. Richard Foltin, of the American Jewish Committee and Chair of the Section’s First Amendment Rights Committee, Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent for Legal Times, Carl H. Esbeck, the University of Missouri School of Law, and Donna K. Howell, Superintendent, Steamboat Springs Colorado School District, will serve as panelists. As the U.S. Supreme Court appears to be transitioning from a “separation” model to an “equal treatment” model, the session will debate perspectives on the separation of church and state. It will also include a review of ABA policy in this area.

On Sat., Aug. 5, at 7:30 a.m., the Section will present Prosecuting the World’s Worst War Criminals: from Sierra Leone to the Hague. Program panelists will discuss recent changes in the International Criminal Courts, including the American Servicemembers Protection Act and the Nethercutt Amendment. Co-chair of the Section’s International Human Rights Committee, Rajeev D. Purohit will serve as the program’s moderator, with Doug Cassell of Notre Dame Law School, and Elise Groulx, Executive Director of the International Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, serving as panelists.

Saturday evening, the Section will present Julius L. Chambers with the 2006 Thurgood Marshall Award for his countless accomplishments as a civil rights lawyer, activist, and educator. Mr. Chambers graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1962 and opened his law practice in Charlotte, N.C. two years later. Working with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), the firm successfully litigated several landmark civil rights cases. In 1984, Mr. Chambers became the third Director-Counsel of the NAACP LDF, following Thurgood Marshall and Jack Greenberg. He also has served as an adjunct professor for several universities, and as Chancellor for North Carolina Central University. In 2001, Mr. Chambers returned to private practice and currently specializes in business matters, employment discrimination, education, and civil rights. The Thurgood Marshall Dinner will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki, in the Lanai Room, 2 nd floor, at 7:30 p.m.

On Sun., Aug. 6, at 11:30 a.m., the Section will present its final program, Hurricane Katrina: A Civil Rights Disaster? Panelists will examine the effects of Hurricane Katrina from a civil rights perspective and discuss what the effects of the hurricane demonstrate about race and poverty in our country. Particular attention will be paid to issues surrounding access to justice and access to the political process. Speakers include Theodore Shaw, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and Judith Browne of the Advancement Project.

For a complete schedule of events and Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner ticket information, see the Annual Meeting insert in this newsletter.

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