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100 Years of CJS

Celebrating 100 Years of CJS

2020 marked the 100 Year Anniversary of the founding of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. Explore our historical resources on this special Centennial site. The Section hosted a special 100 Year Anniversary Virtual Gala on Sept. 17, 2020 featuring toasts by CJS leadership and a special Town Hall to review our history and discuss what the next 100 years of CJS should look like.

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ABA Journal Article

ABA Criminal Justice Section reflects on its first 100 years

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Historical Record of the Founding of the Section

The ABA Criminal Justice Section was founded in 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri at the ABA Annual Meeting. Read the official document that recorded this historic occasion.

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50 Year History

In 1970, the Criminal Justice Section, formerly known as the Section of Criminal Law, conducted an evaluation of the first 50 years of the Section.

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CJS Historical Timeline

The Criminal Justice Section has been working to improve the criminal justice system since its creation. Check out this historical timeline that highlights major events and programs in the Section’s first 100 years.

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100 Years of Chairs

The Section has been led by leaders from academia, the judiciary, prosecutors, defenders and law enforcement. Join with us in honoring the leadership of our first 100 years of Section Chairs.

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Historical Video

Join us as we reflect on 100 years of the Criminal Justice Section. In this video, our members lead us through a discussion on the history of the Section from the early priorities, to the creation of the Standards project, a review of diversity and inclusion and our plans for the next 100 years.

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