Civil Rights and Social Justice

Join Us. Whatever your area of specialization, CRSJ has a place for you. The Section fulfills our role by: raising and addressing often complex and difficult civil rights and civil liberties issues in a changing and diverse society; and ensuring that protection of individual rights remains a focus of legal and policy decisions.

Former Section Chair Robert N. Weiner Receives 2020 Father Robert F. Drinan Award

The Section honored its former Section Chair, Washington, D.C. trial lawyer and legal strategist Robert N. Weiner with the Father Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service during the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas.

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Native American Concerns Committee Chair Receives 2020 Spirit of Exellence Award

The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity honored Patty Ferguson-Bohnee as one of five recipients of the 2020 Spirit of Excellence Award during the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas.

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Human Rights Magazine - New Issue Available!

Human Rights Magazine - New Issue Available!

Volume 45, Issue 1

Elections have consequences—especially for civil rights, social justice, and human rights. Vol. 45, Issue 1 discusses voter registration, voter roll purges, present-day poll tax, racial gerrymandering, voter turnout, ballot measure inaccessibility and more.

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Voting Rights and Fair Elections Workshop

Voting Rights and Fair Elections Workshop

Held at its Fall Council Meeting in Atlanta on October 25, 2019, a group of experts in election law with on-the-ground experience presented examples of challenges to voting and fair elections in Georgia and suggested potential methods for improvement. From this important work, the Section has compiled a summary and recommendations. A recording of the panel is now available for viewing.

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Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman to Receive 2020 Award

Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman to Receive 2020 Award

The Section will honor founder and president emerita of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Marian Wright Edelman with the 2020 Thurgood Marshall Award. Under her leadership as president for 45 years, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The dinner honoring Mrs. Edelman will take place on Saturday, August 1, during the Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

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2020 CRSJ Midyear Council Meeting

Join fellow civil rights attorneys, public interest lawyers, social justice advocates, and other legal professionals from across the country in the heart of Austin for exceptional CLE programs, business meetings, and networking opportunities at the ABA Midyear Meeting.

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Whatever your area of specialization, CRSJ has a place for you. By joining us today, you can help ensure that the world’s largest voluntary professional association continues to uphold the Bill of Rights and the ideals it embodies.

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Over the past five decades, the Section and its members have worked on hundreds of issues addressing a broad range of civil rights, civil liberties, and international human rights. Today, the Section continues to promote policies affecting religious freedom, LGBT rights, gender equity, and other significant civil rights issues. Your gift will help make our efforts possible for the next fifty years!