Events, Meetings & CLE

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

COVID-19 and the Compassionate Release of the Elderly, Infirm or High Risk

COVID-19 and the Compassionate Release of the Elderly, Infirm or High Risk

April 3, 2020 | Webinar

As concerns increase about the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons, special attention should be given to those most vulnerable to severe cases, particularly the elderly and infirm. While almost every state has judicial or administrative mechanisms for releasing such prisoners early, release under these programs is rarely achieved. With the new threat of COVID-19, the release of prisoners at serious health risk is getting a closer look. Our panelists will discuss litigation and administrative efforts to secure the compassionate release of elderly and infirm prisoners in response to COVID-19.

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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 | April 9, 2020

Coronavirus: Homeless Community Adverse Impact from Eviction & Lack of Safe Housing | April 9, 2020

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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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.