During a reception sponsored by Arnold and Porter, the American Bar Association's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice honored ABA leader and 2017-18 Section Chair Robert N. Weiner with the Father Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service during the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas. As he accepted the award, Rob Weiner issued a passionate call to action. Read the press release about the event here.
The Section commemorated the tireless work of Rob Weiner, who has devoted his career to advancing civil rights and social justice through the rule of law. A member of the Section since 1980, he led as Chair from 2017-18. During this year, he initiated the Section’s Rapid Response Project, which gave way to more proactive and timely programs more frequently. He is the Chair of the ABA Working Group on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System, spearheaded the development of the ABA’s Ten Guidelines on Court Fines and Fees, published in August 2018, and continues to work on a new report on Privatization in the Criminal Justice System.