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.

2019 Spring Conference

2019 Spring Conference

April 11-14, 2019 | Baltimore, MD

The latest CRSJ meeting featured hot topic programs, educational CLE, substantive meetings for various ABA groups, and networking events with prominent figures., including Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md) and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

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CRSJ Annual 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 San Francisco for exceptional CLE Programs and networking opportunities at the ABA Annual Meeting.

Human Rights Magazine

Human Rights Magazine

Volume 44, Issue 1

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.

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2019 Thurgood Marshall Award

Honoring Congressman John Lewis

The Section is honored and privileged that this year’s Thurgood Marshall Awardee will be the legendary John Lewis, one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, a founding member and Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the only one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders who organized the 1964 March on Washington still living, a 17 term congressional leader, and one of only two Lifetime Achievement recipients of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award.

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Reserve Your Seat

Tickets for the 2019 Award Dinner are available through Annual Meeting registration. If you are not attending the meeting, but would still like to attend the Dinner, please use the Package Code 'LAIT' on the Annual Meeting registration website.

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Section Programming, House Action, the Father Drinan Award, and more from Midyear

Section Initiatives

In the 2017-18 bar year, the Section partnered with the Presidential Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System, appointed by Hilarie Bass, past President of the ABA (2017-2018) and chaired by Robert N. Weiner, former Chair of the Section, to prepare these guidelines, which were adopted by the ABA House of Delegates in August 2018.


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!


Chair's Column

2018-19 Section Chair Wilson A. Schooley pens his Spring column. 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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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.