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Juneteenth: Reflections on Freedom, Racial, and Economic Justice for African Descendants

Juneteenth commemorates the issuance of the emancipation proclamation for enslaved African descendants in Texas on June 19, 1865. In celebration of Juneteenth—now a federal holiday—the African American Affairs Committee of the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice and the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) co-hosted this exciting hybrid event.

This joint program commemorating Juneteenth highlights the significance of abolition and emancipation to the state of racial and economic justice and equality for African descendants—historically, contemporarily, and globally.

Join us for a conversation with internationally renowned civil rights scholar, author, Fordham University School of Law Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law Tanya Katerí Hernández and Nevada Equal Rights Commission Administrator Kara Jenkins. This event also features opening remarks from notable leaders from the Nevada community and closing remarks from leaders of the American Bar Association.


Distinguished Speaker:

Nevada Welcome Remarks:

ABA Remarks:

  • Deborah Enix-Ross – President, American Bar Association; Senior Advisor, International Dispute Resolution Group, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Wendy Greene – Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law; Co-Chair, African American Affairs Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

  • Mary L. Smith – President-Elect, American Bar Association; Vice Chair, VENG Group; Chair, Caroline and Ora Smith Foundation

  • Juan R. Thomas – Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Of Counsel, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

Joint Sponsors: ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Nevada Equal Rights Commission

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Human Rights, ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Division for Public Education, ABA International Law Section, ABA Litigation Section, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Center for Law, Policy, and Social Action, University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law’s Black Law Students Association, Las Vegas National Bar Association

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