Events, Meetings & CLE

The Section regularly sponsors a variety of events, including quarterly Council Meetings, in-person panels, on-demand webinars, and more!

Access to the Vote: The Ballot and the Mailbox

September 29, 2020 | Webinar

Claims about fraud have been used to suppress voting since the Civil War. As we approach the 2020 presidential election, access to voting remains one of the urgent civil rights issues of our time. The COVID-19 pandemic has offered an unexpected opportunity to change American voting fundamentally through the adoption of mail-in voting policies. Mail-in voting has been exercised by several states, including Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, and others for many years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans are expected to vote by mail this November than in any other election of our time. The current administration has been sounding the alarm—or, perhaps more accurately, the dog whistle—claiming that increased mail-in voting will increase voter fraud. Yet, both Republican and Democrat secretaries of state, where mail-in voting has occurred for several years, have noted that there is no evidence to support these claims.

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Obstacles at Every Turn – Native Vote in a World of Coronavirus

October 1, 2020 | Webinar

In 2017 and 2018, the Native American Voting Rights Coalition held hearings throughout Indian Country documenting barriers to the ballot box for Native Americans. In June 2020, the Native American Rights Fund issued a detailed report highlighting the obstacles faced by Native Americans in the voting process from registering to vote, to casting a ballot, to having that vote counted. This panel will discuss the recent report, and the additional barriers and considerations as a result of the coronavirus.

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HIV/AIDS Webinar Series

The HIV/AIDS Impact Project, Center for Human Rights, and Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice brings you the latest programming on HIV/AIDS in this multi-part free webinar series.

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Death Penalty Virtual CLE Series

The Death Penalty Due Process Review Project has developed a three-part CLE webinar series exploring the fundamental issues in using the death penalty, how the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these issues, and recent legal developments in death penalty legislation. In these free CLE webinars, panelists will explore the intricacies of the death penalty, identifying certain elements as barricades in our collective pursuit of advancing law and justice.

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Beyond Redlining Webinar Series

This multi-part free webinar series explores historical patterns of racism in the context of redlining by exploring the intersections of the Black Lives Matters movement and community development.

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Recent Programs

Recent Section programming will be available for three months before being included in the Program Archive.

Program Archive

Each month, the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice presents a variety of timely and topical programming on the latest developments in civil rights, social justice, and human rights. CRSJ members have unlimited access to the Section’s past online webinars and on-demand programs now included in their membership at no additional cost, with more programs added each month.

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2020 ABA Annual Meeting

During the first-ever virtual Annual Meeting, the Section honored prodigious activist Marian Wright Edelman with the 2020 Thurgood Marshall Award. The Section also continued its work on voter rights and election protection, organizing a Showcase CLE on Women in Elections. In addition, the Section held two days of governance meetings and sponsored a record-breaking number of policies adopted by the House of Delegates.

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Submit an Idea for Programming

As part of our effort to support our Rapid Response Project, we have created an easy form for those wanting to host a program through the Section or have the Section co-sponsor an outside entity's event.