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2020 CRSJ Fall Council Meeting

A Virtual Event | October 21 - 24

About the Meeting

The Section held its 2020 Fall Council Meeting virtually on October 21-24. During the first meeting of the 2020-21 Bar year, Section Chair Angela J. Scott led the discussion on the civil rights & social justice issues that 2020 has presented and the Section's role in addressing them. Read on for more detailed descriptions of the events of the Fall meeting.

Screening of the HBO Documentary, The Undocumented Lawyer

In partnership with Optimist Films and the ABA Commission on Immigration, CRSJ offered a week-long screening of the recently released HBO documentary. The Section began its Fall Meeting by hosting a live Q&A with Lizbeth herself, as well as the filmmakers and other immigration experts. 

Committee Leader Networking

During a one-hour roundtable discussion, leaders from the Section's 21 substantive committees and Council met to discuss projects, collaboration, and goals for the new bar year. Leaders shared their experiences (both good and bad!) and learned from one another on best practices for Section engagement. See the resulting recommendations.

The Civil Rights Lawyer, Part 1: Perspectives on the Profession

Held in conjunction with CRSJ's quarterly Council meetings, this four-part professional webinar series provides insights and perspectives about pursuing a career in the realm of civil rights law. Panelists discuss their career trajectories and lessons learned in their work to advance civil rights. 

Business Meetings 

The Section's Fall Council Meeting provided additional opportunities to learn about our committee work and Section projects. Other Council matters discussed include: Section Chair Angela Scott's five initiatives, resolution development and approval for the 2021 ABA Midyear Meeting, staff and Committee activities, and the 2021 Father Drinan Award honoring past Section Chair C. Elisia Frazier. The Section's two Council Committees - Fundraising & Development and Membership, Diversity & Inclusion - also met to discuss the financial and membership goals for the upcoming year. 

Past Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 21

4:00 p.m.  –  5:00 p.m. ET
Section Council Committee Meeting
 - Development and Fundraising

7:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m. ET
Screening HBO Documentary: The Undocumented Lawyer

Thursday, October 22

11:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m. ET
Executive Committee Meeting

3:30 p.m. –  4:30 p.m. ET
Section Council Committee Meeting
- Membership, Diversity and Inclusion

5:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m. ET
Virtual Welcome Reception

Friday, October 23

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
Substantive Committee Meeting
Conversation on Best Practices for Committee Engagement
Section substantive committee members will have the opportunity to share and hear from one another on best practices for committee engagement as well as ask Section staff and the Section Chair for guidance on any committee-related matters. 

12:30 p.m.  – 1:30 p.m. ET
The Civil Rights Lawyer: Perspectives on the Profession
 Part 1 of 4

1:30 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. ET
Section Council Meeting

Saturday, October 24

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
Section Council Meeting

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