November 01, 2019 From the Chair

A Time to Celebrate

Kim T. Parker

How lucky am I, to be rolling into the coveted position of Chair serving the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association? Lucky, because during my term we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of our section and the substantial and premier imprint left by the Section on criminal justice systems throughout the world. Lucky, because in 2020 we will commemorate the monumental occasion of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which represents the culmination of 100 years of perseverance by activists and reformers to achieve woman’s suffrage. Lucky, because in November of next year when I pass the gavel to April Frazier Camara, I will observe a decade of personal enrichment by my association with a diverse group of criminal justice attorneys working collaboratively to improve criminal law. Lucky, because this year we salute the enormous impact of the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC) since its completion five years ago. The June 13, 2019 release of the findings and recommendations of the US Commission on Civil Rights Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption, and the Effects on Communities, illustrates the long reach of the NICCC. The commitment of our Section and dedication of Stephen Saltzburg to the completion of this extraordinary endeavor, is to be praised. Lucky, because I come into this honorable position with the care and indulgence of an amazing staff led by Kevin Scruggs. Lucky, because I am honored by the extraordinary and diverse criminal justice professionals of our Section and council who are devoted to the improvement of criminal justice and to persevere to achieve justice in a world of injustice.

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