2021 CRSJ Section Midyear Meeting

A Virtual Event | February 17 - 22

ABA VIRTUAL MIDYEAR MEETING | February 17-22, 2021

ABA VIRTUAL MIDYEAR MEETING | February 17-22, 2021

Connect with colleagues, celebrate achievements in the legal profession, and earn CLE credit at the Virtual Midyear Meeting. Registration is complementary →

CALLING ALL SECTION MEMBERS

We invite you to attend our 2021 Midyear Section Meeting. If you want to become active, but are unsure where to start, join us as we discuss the civil rights & social justice issues that 2020 has presented us with and how CRSJ plans to address them in the new year. 

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Section Highlights

Robert F. Drinan Award Reception, Honoring C. Elisia Frazier
Friday, Feb. 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will honor long-time Section leader and former Section Chair C. Elisia Frazier with its Father Robert F. Drinan Award during a virtual reception at 5:00 p.m. EST during the ABA Midyear Meeting. Register Here →

Slay the Dragon: Documentary Discussion
Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST
A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Slay the Dragon follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter. Join us for a discussion about the documentary featuring: Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman, Directors and Producers of Slay the Dragon; Katie Fahey, Founder/Director of The People; and Paul M. Smith, Vice President for Litigation & Strategy of the Campaign Legal Center and Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law. Register Here →

Committee Leader Networking
Friday, Feb. 19, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST
During this roundtable discussion, leaders from the Section's 21 substantive committees have the opportunity to discuss their projects, collaboration, and goals. Leaders also will share and learn from one another on best practices for committee engagement. Come with ideas and questions!

The Civil Rights Lawyer: Perspectives on the Profession
Friday, Feb. 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST
Held in conjunction with CRSJ's quarterly Council meetings, this four-part professional series will provide insights and perspectives about pursuing a career in the realm of civil rights law. The second part of the series builds upon the vision for good that the late civil rights champion, former Howard Law Dean, Mentor of Thurgood Marshall, and co-founder of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Charles Hamilton Houston, believed lawyers can play in constructing a more equitable society. Part 2: Social Engineer, commemorates Black History Month, recognizing lawyers who are working to engineer a more racially just country. Register Here →

Business Meetings (Join links provided below)
Our Section's Council Meeting provides additional opportunities to learn about our committee work and Section projects as well as expand your network and exchange ideas with fellow legal professionals. The Section's Midyear Council Meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, and Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m. EST. 

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 17

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
Virtual Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST
Slay the Dragon: Documentary Discussion

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST
Nelson Mandela Virtual Tour Experience

Thursday, February 18

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

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
Section Council Committee Meeting
- Development and Fundraising

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

5:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m. EST
Spirit of Excellence Awards

Friday, February 19

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EST
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. EST
The Civil Rights Lawyer: Perspectives on the Profession
Part 2 of 4

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

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST
Robert F. Drinan Award Reception
Honoring C. Elisia Frazier

Saturday, February 20

11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Section Council Meeting