COUNCIL MEETING

2019 Annual Meeting

San Francisco | August 8 - 11

The San Francisco Bay Bridge

The San Francisco Bay Bridge

Overview

Join fellow civil rights attorneys, public interest lawyers, social justice advocates, and other legal professionals from across the country in the heart of San Francisco for exceptional CLE programs and networking opportunities at the ABA Annual Meeting.  

During the Annual Meeting, the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will offer six CLE programs that will educate you on developing legal issues in the civil rights arena and offer you an opportunity to engage in a meaningful and important dialogue regarding underrepresented communities or marginalized groups. Our Section's Committee and Council Meetings provide additional opportunities to expand your network and exchange ideas with fellow legal professionals. You will not want to miss our Section’s signature event on Saturday night to celebrate the life work of Congressman John Lewis, honorable recipient of the 2019 Thurgood Marshall Award

CRSJ Headquarters Hotel
The Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St
San Francisco, CA

Registration

We ask that all individuals attending the Annual Meeting register, even if you are only attending Section events or Section CLE programs, although if you only are attending our Thurgood  Marshall Award Dinner, please see below. Tickets for CLE Programs and other tickets may be requested at the time you register online or later if you have registered. The “CLE All-Access” pass is available, and all CLE programs selected come included with this purchase.

Access the Annual Meeting Registration Portal here →

Registration Packages

If you will only attend CRSJ Section meetings and events, register for the ABA Limited Registration at $95 ($295 Non-Members) or purchase individual Section CLE tickets. For full registration fee categories, visit the ABA Annual Meeting website.

Individual Program Ticket Pricing CLE

Here are the Section’s highlighted CLE programs. Dates, times and locations are listed in our Schedule of Events, below. 

  • Showcase Program The #MeToo Reckoning: How Far We’ve Come & Where We Go from Here (Ticket Price $75)
  • CLE in the City Equal Pay: Trends in Litigation, Emerging Legislation & Corporate Equity Initiatives (Ticket Price $35)
  • FEATURED The 19th Amendment Then and Now: Lessons for the 21st Century  (Ticket Price $50)
  • Latest Challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act and Potential Implications for Equal Protection, Family Law, and Indian Law (Ticket Price $35)
  • Black to The Future: The Harsh Realities Of “Living While Black” In The 21st Century, And Where We Go from Here (Ticket Price $35)
  • Privatization of the Criminal Justice System (Ticket Price $35)
  • From Brown to Now: Legal Response1s to Resegregation of Schools (Ticket Price $35)

Section CLE Meeting Materials | Individuals who order individual Section CLE Program tickets will be provided with a link to those materials prior the meeting. No written materials will be available onsite. You may wish to bring a laptop, notebook, or tablet to view the materials onsite as complimentary Wi-Fi access will be available.

2019 Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner

This year, the Section will honor the legendary Congressman John Lewis – one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, a founding member and Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the only one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders who organized the 1964 March on Washington still living, a 17 term congressional leader, and one of only two Lifetime Achievement recipients of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award.

The inspirational evening will include a musical performance by Rhiannon Giddens, an artist with both a breathtaking gift and a passion—like John Lewis—to speak for the truly silenced. Recognitions of her talent include a MacArthur "Genius Grant," the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, two Grammy awards, and a role on the TV show Nashville.

Individual Tickets | Individual tickets are $200/ticket and available through Annual Meeting Registration. If you are not registering for the Annual Meeting, and still wish to attend the Dinner, you can purchase just a Dinner ticket by using the Package Code 'LAIT' on the Annual Meeting registration website. Questions regarding the Thurgood Marshall Dinner should be directed to the Section.

Sponsorship | Sponsorship for the 2019 Dinner is available at 5 different levels: Premier ($25,000), Gold ($15,000), Silver ($10,000), Benefactor ($5,000), and Patron ($3,500). When you participate in the Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner through sponsorship, you help fund the innovative projects and programs implemented by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice to ensure that protection of civil rights remains a focus of legal and policy decisions. These programs express the profession's commitment to achieving through the legal system, the American ideals of justice, freedom, and equality for all. Learn more about sponsorship  →

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 8

10:30 a.m.  –  12:00 p.m.
Equal Pay: Trends in Litigation, Emerging Legislation & Corporate Equity Initiatives (CLE in the City)
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP | 275 Battery Street, 30th Floor

3:00 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.
Latest Challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act and Potential Implications for Equal Protection, Family Law, and Indian Law (CLE)
Westin St. Francis | California East, 2nd Floor

4:30 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting

Friday, August 9


8:30 a.m. –  10:00 a.m.
Co-sponsored Program 
Race, Law, and the Mind Sciences  
Marriott Marquis | Yerba Buena Salons 13-14

8:30 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Section Council Meeting
Westin St. Francis | Georgian Room, Mezzanine Floor

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Co-sponsored Program 
Shaping our Future: Top Tech Company Lawyers Speak Out  
Marriott Marquis | Yerba Buena Salons 1-3

12:00 p.m. –  1:30 p.m.
Leadership Luncheon
    – Passing of the Gavel
    – Committee Excellence Award Presentation
Westin St. Francis | Colonnade, Lobby Level
 
1:30 p.m. –  1:45 p.m. 
Section Annual Meeting
Westin St. Francis | Colonnade, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored Program 
The 19th Amendment Then and Now: Lessons for the 21st Century
 (CLE)
Marriott Marquis | Yerba Buena Salon 10, Lower B2 Level

4:00 p.m. –  5:30 p.m.
Census 2020: SCOTUS Opinions, Ongoing Litigation, and Community Perceptions
 (Free non-CLE Program)
Westin St. Francis | California East, 2nd Floor

Saturday, August 10

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
CRSJ Committee Meetings
Westin St. Francis | Elizabethan Room C, 2nd Floor

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
CRSJ Rights of Women Committee Meet & Greet
Westin St. Francis | Elizabethan Room B, 2nd Floor

8:00 a.m.  – 9:45 a.m.
Section Council Meeting
Westin St. Francis | Georgian Room, Mezzanine Floor

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The #MeToo Reckoning: How Far We’ve Come & Where We Go from Here (Showcase CLE)
Marriott Marquis | Yerba Buena Salons 1-3, Lower B2 Level

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Black to The Future: The Harsh Realities Of “Living While Black” In The 21st Century, And Where We Go from Here (CLE)
Marriott Marquis | Yerba Buena Salons 1-3, Lower B2 Level

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Privatization of the Criminal Justice System (CLE)
Marriott Marquis | Yerba Buena Salons 1-3, Lower B2 Level

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thugood Marshall Award Reception 
Invitation only

8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Thugood Marshall Award Dinner
Honoring Congressman John Lewis
More information about the Dinner →
Westin St. Francis | Grand Ballroom, Mezzanine Floor

10:30 p.m. – Midnight
Chair's Reception
Invitation only
Westin St. Francis 

Sunday, August 11

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
From Brown to Now: Legal Response1s to Resegregation of Schools (CLE)
Westin St. Francis | California East, 2nd Floor

Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations will be made directly with the Westin St. Francis Hotel using a customized reservation link provided in the Annual Meeting registration confirmation. You must be registered for the Annual Meeting to make a hotel reservation within the ABA block.

Upon making your hotel reservation online, you will receive an immediate confirmation from the Westin St. Francis Hotel, which can then be used to make changes or cancellations directly. The deadline to secure hotel reservations at the negotiated ABA rate of $289 Single or Double / $419 Junior Suite / $519 Executive Suite is Monday, July 8. Reservations may be available after this date, however, the discounted ABA rate will no longer apply.