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The Ongoing Challenge to Define Free Speech
During the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Congressman John Lewis received the Section's annual Thurgood Marshall Award. The first non-lawyer to receive the award, which honors those who contribute to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties and human rights, the U.S. representative from Georgia’s 5th congressional district said he had been arrested 40 times during the 1960s, plus another five times as a member of Congress.About - the Award
Yesterday we lost a beacon of justice who sadly seems almost an anachronism today: learned and committed to learning and growing on the job, kind and courteous to all, classy, nuanced and non-partisan in expression, and ever thoughtful and principled.Read - on
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A Conversation on Bail Reform
Bail has been understood as collateral to ensure that defendants return to court, but many jurisdictions maintain a bail system that amounts to punishment before conviction for poor defendants.
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The Ethical Duties of Prosecutors in Negotiating Plea Bargains in Misdemeanor Cases
On May 9, 2019, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 486 on the Obligations of Prosecutors in Negotiating Plea Bargains for Misdemeanor Offenses.
Black to the Future in an America Still in the Shadow of its Shameful Past. The current political context presents us with a promising opportunity. That premise may seem remarkable, even ridiculous. But the fortuity is real. We are at a very American racial crossroads, yet again.Read - the latest issue
The Civil Rights and Social Justice Section’s flagship publication, Human Rights magazine, is seeking editorial board members.
2018-19 Section Chair Wilson A. Schooley pens his final column of the year. Wilson Adam Schooley is Chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, member of the ABA Journal Board of Editors and House of Delegates, and a civil rights and indigent defense attorney, author, adjunct professor, photographer, and actor.
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David Nahmias is a Law Fellow with the Impact Fund, a non-profit legal foundation in Berkeley, California, and a member of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice's Fair and Impartial Courts Committee.