Events, Meetings & CLE

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

The State of Race, Police Brutality and Gun Violence in America

November 12, 2020 | Webinar

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury and so many victims who have died because of police brutality and gun violence. The surge in police brutality and gun violence against the Black population recently led all people to come together to peacefully march against these tragedies. This moderated discussion will bring together elected officials, victims, law enforcement, policy makers, and advocacy organizations to discuss the state of race, police brutality and gun violence in America. How do we navigate the continued violence and what solutions are available to decrease the issue?

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Islamophobia After the Muslim Ban

November 13, 2020 | Webinar

This program will explore the direct impact on the American Muslim community following the signing of the executive order banning individuals from Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. Included in the discussion will be reference to litigation across the country concerning the Ban, statistics around increased incidents of Islamophobia following the order, and personal accounts of individuals and families directly impacted by the Ban.

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Introduction to Status, Realities, Legal Framework and Future of Indigenous Peoples in the United States and Canada

November 18, 2020 | Webinar

Join us as our esteemed panelists discuss the current status and resiliency of indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada. The panelists will address the critical question of how past discriminatory – and even brutal governmental policies – led us to the current status of indigenous peoples today. More importantly, the panelists will discuss what steps, laws, and policies can be taken to improve the lives of indigenous peoples in the United States. and Canada. The panelists will compare and contrast the history, status and future of the First Nations People in Canada vs. American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States. After the panel discussion, the audience will gain a high-level overview of the issues around indigenous populations, which we hope will lead to desire to learn more. Please join us for this engaging, informative, and entertaining panel.

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2020 US Elections Aftermath: A Social Justice Policy Summit

In the wake of the 2020 US presidential elections, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Immigrants Committee - in strategic partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States - is hosting a policy summit designed to advance racial equity and social justice principles. Over the course of two days, the interdisciplinary conference will explore myriad manifestations of interpersonal, structural, and institutionalized discrimination to create enhanced awareness around these issues. The convening will also culminate in concrete community-driven policy recommendations to achieve positive social, political, and legal reform to ensure a better tomorrow for all.

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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.