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Section Honors Legend Marian Wright Edelman

2020 Thurgood Marshall Award

On July 31, the Section honored longtime activist Marian Wright Edelman, one of our nation's foremost civil rights champions and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Founder and President Emerita of the Children's Defense Fund, the country's strongest voice for children and families, Mrs. Edelman was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar while courageously directing the NAACP LDF's Jackson, Mississippi office at the height of the battle for civil rights in the deep South, and subsequently serving as Counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign.

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Farewell to our Outgoing Chair

Wendy K. Mariner

Wendy K. Mariner

During the annual Section leadership ceremony, we said farewell to outgoing Section Chair Wendy Mariner. During her bar year, she has led a tremendous charge, fighting for voting rights and fair elections and managing timely responses to a global pandemic and a modern-day civil rights movement. Over the last year, she has led with grace and intelligence, making substantial strides and charting new territory within the Section.

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Section CLE Showcase Program

The Power of Women in U.S. Elections

Moderated by 2020-21 Section Chair Angela Jean Scott, the Section's esteemed Showcase panelists Congressman James E. Clyburn, Barbara Arnwine, Thomas A. Saenz, Gilda Daniels, and Harmeet Dhillon explored the effects of efforts to curtail voting, focusing on the role of women, especially African American women, in seeking to exercise the right to vote and the influence of their votes on elections. CLE Credit is available and free for ABA members.

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