Events, Meetings & CLE

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

Issues Affecting Native American Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

Issues Affecting Native American Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

April 8, 2020 | Webinar

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting Native American tribes and urban communities in ways that are unique to this population in terms of health challenges, economic impact and legal issues. This webinar will discuss how Native Americans are being impacted through this crisis both from a health perspective and an economic perspective. This webinar will be segmented into three parts: (1) First, there will be discussion of the provisions in the stimulus packages that are directed to Native communities; (2) Second, the panelists will discuss the unique health and operational challenges in both rural and urban Native communities; and (3) Finally, this webinar will address the economic and legal impact both in the short-term and long-term in tribal communities.

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COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases

COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases

April 9, 2020 | Webinar

This webinar will highlight the federal government's recent guidance on emerging legal issues in child welfare cases. The webinar will help attorneys and judges apply that guidance in case-by-case decision-making on topics like visitation and family time, access to services in the case plan, due process and civil rights protections during remote court hearings, reasonable efforts findings, family reunification, termination of parental rights timelines, and other important aspects of a child welfare legal proceedings that may be affected by the pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Homeless Community Adverse Impact from Eviction & Lack of Safe Housing

Coronavirus: Homeless Community Adverse Impact from Eviction & Lack of Safe Housing

April 9, 2020 | Webinar

The cycle of eviction for vulnerable renters and owners can be doubly cruel due to the economic and health dangers during the Coronavirus Pandemic, let alone the danger for those currently on the streets. Homeless youth, young adults and young families also face additional challenges and barriers due to their high mobility and increased exposure to abuse, neglect and predation. Certain state and local jurisdictions are stepping up to provide temporary stays of evictions, and some are stopping sweeps of encampments and providing housing to people experiencing homelessness, or sanitation for encampments, as public health measures. These are important in the short term, but what will be the long-term effects of temporarily halting evictions without considering future protections? How can legal advocates adequately address needs during a time when the health dangers to people experiencing homelessness have never been higher?

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Public Health Measures In Response to COVID-19 (CLE)

Public Health Measures In Response to COVID-19 (CLE)

April 10, 2020 | Webinar

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting Native American tribes and urban communities in ways that are unique to this population in terms of health challenges, economic impact and legal issues. This webinar will discuss how Native Americans are being impacted through this crisis both from a health perspective and an economic perspective. This webinar will be segmented into three parts: (1) First, there will be discussion of the provisions in the stimulus packages that are directed to Native communities; (2) Second, the panelists will discuss the unique health and operational challenges in both rural and urban Native communities; and (3) Finally, this webinar will address the economic and legal impact both in the short-term and long-term in tribal communities.

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Lessons from Past Disasters

Lessons from Past Disasters

April 10, 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 is new, but many of the problems it is causing in the criminal justice system are problems we have seen before. After Hurricane Katrina, several jails had to be evacuated, causing overcrowding at other facilities. At the same time, arrests continued, even as many courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court, closed for extended periods. The situation left advocates scrambling to seek release for pretrial detainees, low-level offenders, and older, more vulnerable offenders, while also coping with personal losses, office closures and other impacts of the storm. Advocates who worked through will talk about the lessons they learned from Hurricane Katrina and what they think it should teach us about how to respond to COVID-19, as well as how to address the aftermath of the pandemic when it, at last, subsides.

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Education Web Series

This four-part series will explore the significance of access to quality education as a prerequisite for meaningful participation in American democracy.

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Immigration Web Series

This six-part national lecture series explores immigration at the intersection of national security law, public international law and US constitutional law, among other legal areas. During these free webinars, legal scholars, practitioners and political commentators will address this deepening crisis in our collective pursuit to advance law and justice.

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CRSJ Recent Programming

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

CRSJ Programming 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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Past Section Meetings

2020 ABA Midyear Council Meeting

Members of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice gathered in Austin, TX for three-days of CLE programs, business meetings, the 2020 Father Drinan Award Reception, and more!

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2019 CRSJ Fall Council Meeting

Members of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Council and Committee leaders, gathered in Atlanta, GA, for three days of meetings and events. Such events included a Welcome Reception, New Leader Orientation, Leadership Dinner, Planning Session, Business Meetings, and more!

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2019 CRSJ Annual Council Meeting

For hundreds of legal professionals, the Section held various governance meetings in San Francisco, CA; offered seven hot-topic programs; hosted a Leadership Luncheon, where elections were held and the gavel passed to new leadership; and hosted a successful Award Dinner honoring Congressman John Lewis, featuring a performance by Grammy-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens.

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2019 Spring Conference & Council Meeting

The 2019 Spring CRSJ meeting - held in Baltimore, MD, from April 11-14 - 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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2019 ABA Midyear Meeting

The ABA Midyear Meeting and quarterly Section Council Meeting kicked off in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a full schedule of events and a packed Council agenda. Read on to find detailed information about Section programming, House Action related to CRSJ, the Father Drinan Award, & more!

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2018 CRSJ Fall Council Meeting

The Section recently traveled south to Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, Alabama for it's annual Section Fall Council Meeting. Council members, Committee leaders, and Section members were all able to take part of this powerful, informative, and inspiring meeting.

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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.