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.


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 introductory 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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2019 Thurgood Marshall Award

Do you know an exceptional individual who has dedicated him/herself to the fight for civil and human rights? The Section is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Award recipient

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Committee participation allows members of CRSJ to become more deeply involved with the issues they care most about. Each year the Section committees organize CLE and community programs, draft letters to government officials, and help shape official ABA policy.



Tools for Schools

Second Edition e-Book A Handbook for Lawyer Engagement in Student Education

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