The Section held its 2021 Fall Council Meeting virtually on October 19-22. During the first meeting of the 2021-22 Bar year, Section Chair Beth K. Whittenbury adressed key civil rights and social justice issues and the Section's role in responding to them.
The Section has partnered with the African American Policy Forum to present a four-part webinar series on Critical Race Theory, held in conjunction with the Section's quarterly meetings. The first installment foregrounded the subtle but signficant ways in which these ideas have been institutionalized and offered participants concrete tools to challenge and dislodge structural inequalities.
Executive Committee Meeting
This meeting was a closed session. Please contact Section Director Paula Shapiro for more information.
Membership, Diversity and Inclusion Council Committee Meeting
The Section's Council is a working board. Half of the Council serves on the Membership, Diversity and Inclusion Council Committee. During this meeting, members discussed membership outreach efforts, retention, and revisions to the Section's diversity plan.
Development and Fundraising Council Committee Meeting
The other half of the Section's Council serves on the Development and Fundraising Council Committee. Member discussed plans for the 2022 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration, solicitations in support of the Section's Program Support Fund and sustaining support for the Section work, as well as pursuing sponsorships for specific Section programs.
Section Chair Beth K. Whittenbury led the Section in its first-ever land acknowledgment. Afterward, members gathered to participate in trivia. The winning team received copies of the inaugural One Section, One Book selection, Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy.
Section Council Meeting - Day 1
During the first day of the Council meeting, Committee leaders provided reports on their goals for the 2021-22 Bar year. Members participated in a gender pronoun training, led by ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Skip Harsch. Section Delegate Mark I. Schickman faciliated a workshop on ABA resolutions, followed by breakout sessions to meet with Section Delegates and discuss resolutions in development.
On Thursday, October 21, the Section kicked off its inaugural book club, One Section, One Book. The Section will be reading and discussing Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy for the 2021-22 Bar year. As part of the kickoff, Section members heard from the author of the 2021-22 selection, Derek W. Black, as he discussed the book and its message.