About Us

Created in 1966, the Section provides leadership within the ABA and the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties, and social justice.

About Us

The Section fulfills our role by:

  1. Raising and addressing often complex and difficult civil rights and civil liberties issues in a changing and diverse society; and
  2. Ensuring that protection of individual rights remains a focus of legal and policy decisions.

History

As described in "Advancing the Law, Protecting the Individual, Defending Human Dignity," a Section history published in 1999, a large part of the Section's work centers on ABA policy development and implementation.

Over the last 44 years, the Section has sponsored or co-sponsored hundreds of resolutions adopted by the ABA House of Delegates that address a broad range of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights concerns.

In the past eleven years, the Section has sponsored resolutions opposing "child exclusions" in welfare legislation; opposing efforts to restrict the religious liberty and free speech provisions of the First Amendment; and endorsing legal remedies and voluntary actions ("affirmative action") that take into account race, national origin, or gender to eliminate or prevent discrimination. It also has supported policies concerning educational rights of the disabled, gay and lesbian adoption and custody rights, racial disparities in drug offense sentences, gender equity in social security benefits programs, and long-term care for persons with AIDS and other serious illnesses.

Executive Committee

CHAIR
Wilson Adam Schooley 
La Mesa, CA

CHAIR-ELECT
Vacant

VICE CHAIR
Wendy K. Mariner
Boston, MA

SECRETARY
Angela Jean Scott
Windsor Mill, MD

SECTION DELEGATES
Estelle H. Rogers
Washington, DC

Mark I. Shickman                         
San Francisco, CA

BUDGET OFFICER
Richard Soden                      
Boston, MA

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Robert N. Weiner
Washington, D.C.

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Resources

Internships

The Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is now accepting internship applications for the Spring 2019 semester. Please see our Internships page for more details.