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Section Chair, Kirke Kickingbird

Chair's Column - April 2017
Kirke Kickingbird, Section Chair

 

Watching 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in which one person asked a repeal minded person, “What are you going to do about health insurance if Obamacare is repealed?”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.


NEWS NOW


 

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

Sanctuary Cities: Legitimate Law Enforcement Policy or Rogue Action?


Click here to watch a recording of the program and access additional materials.


The Baseline Bar
May 9, 2017 - Nadia Ahmad, Environmental Justice Committee Co-chair


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


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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2017 Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner


Honoring Judge Katzmann

The Honorable Robert 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.

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