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2022 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration

Honoring Sherrilyn Ifill

On August 6, the Section honored the esteemed NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. President and Director-Counsel Emeritus, Sherrilyn Ifill, with the 2022 Thurgood Marshall Award in a celebration during the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting.

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The End of Roe and the Rule of Law | Aug. 5

CLE Showcase Program

Today, for the first time in fifty years, people in large areas of the United States are without access to abortion care. The fundamental right, embedded in Roe v. Wade and its progeny, to decide when, how and in what manner to have a family has been overturned by the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Our panel of experts discussed the impact this decision will have on women, marginalized communities, individual rights, and the rule of law.

Featured Section Events

Section Council Committee Meetings | Aug. 4

Half of the Section Council serves on the Development and Fundraising Council Committee to ensure that the Section meets its financial goals and responsibilities, while the other half of the Council serves on the Membership, Diversity and Inclusion Council Committee. Both Council Committees met to discuss the Section's development and fundraising efforts for the 2021-22 Bar Year, membership recruitment, retention, outreach, and the Section's Diversity Plan.

Section Council Meeting | Aug. 4-5

Section leaders and members gathered for a discussion on Resolutions with Reports for the Section's consideration, in addition to a review of the Section's progress during the 2021-22 Bar Year and a preview of plans for the 2022-23 Bar Year.

Section Leadership Dinner | Aug. 4

Section leaders and members reunited at Catch 35 for the Section Leadership Dinner. They shared their favorite memories during the 2021-22 Bar Year and toasted to Section Chair Beth K. Whittenbury and the Section's accomplishments during the year.

Chair's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series: Disability Accommodation Training | Aug. 5

Hosted in conjunction with the Section’s quarterly meetings, CRSJ Disability Rights Committee Co-Chair and CRSJ Liaison to the Commission on Disability Rights Robert D. Dinerstein led the Section in a training on disability accommodation.

Section Annual Meeting, Elections and Passing of the Gavel | Aug. 5

As the Section closed out the 2021-22 Bar Year, Section leaders and staff gathered for the annual Leadership Luncheon, featuring the election of the 2022-23 Section Council, presentation of the Sheila Y. Thomas Committee Excellence Award, and the passing of the gavel from 2021-22 Section Chair Beth K. Whittenbury to 2022-23 Section Chair Juan R. Thomas.


CLE SHOWCASE PROGRAM: Title IX's 50th Anniversary: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We Need to Be | Aug. 6

2022 is the 50th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the landmark law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities. Title IX has changed society by opening up more educational (and thus employment and life) opportunities for women. Our panel of experts looked at how far women and girls have progressed over the past 50 years, where women and girls stand now, and where we still need to go to achieve true gender equity. The panel looked at access to educational programs, athletics, pregnant/parenting students, sexual harassment, campus sexual assault, and the application of Title IX to the LGBTQ+ community.

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