The Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice has presented a number of multi-part webinar series on a variety of critical civil rights and social justice issues, including: immigration, education & democracy, racial equity, the death penalty, and more. View our past webinar series below.
Title IX 50th Anniversary Webinar Series
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession are proud to present a timely webinar series that explores the intersection of diverse gender issues, law, and athletics.
In partnership with the African American Policy Forum, the Section is developing a four-part webinar series on Critical Race Theory (CRT), held in conjunction with the Section's quarterly Council Meetings. Over the past year, Critical Race Theory has been increasingly misrepresented by the Right in an organized, widespread effort to stifle racial justice and gender equity, and weaken our multiracial democracy. In response to these attacks, AAPF held a 5-day Critical Race Theory Summer School in mid-August 2021 to educate participants about the origins, principles, and insights of Critical Race Theory, and to chart a path forward. This series will build upon the presentations and explore the implications for the legal profession.
A Social Justice Policy Summit: A New Administration
On December 8 and 9, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Immigrants Committee–in strategic partnership with the ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice–hosted a policy summit designed to advance racial equity and social justice principles. Over the course of two days, the interdisciplinary conference explored myriad manifestations of interpersonal, structural, and institutionalized discrimination to create enhanced awareness around these issues. The convening also culminated in concrete community-driven policy recommendations to achieve positive social, political, and legal reform.
There are so many ways to work to advance civil rights and social justice, and the time could not be more opportune to explore pathways into the profession of the civil rights lawyer. This four-part series provides insights and perspectives about pursuing a career in the realm of civil rights law. Panelists include law professors, policy advocates, civil rights litigators, public interest lawyers, federal agency attorneys, law clerks, and a range of others who discussed their career trajectories and lessons learned in their work to advance civil rights.
In collaboration with the Canadian Bar Association's Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice hosted a three-part webinar series addressing critical issues relating to free speech on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Shaped to address the current landscape amidst the pandemic, this series confronts hate speech, assesses social media and the challenges and opportunities it presents with regard to free speech, and examines how the spread of misinformation has shaped democracy today.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Webinar Series
Celebrated in May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognizes the challenges faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and their vital contributions to the American story. In this engaging series, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice dove into the experiences of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities along with the social, political, and economic issues they have and continue to face.
CRSJ Celebrates Black History Month: The Challenges that African Americans Face in the 21st Century
In this compelling series of webinars, we took a close look at the civil rights and social justice issues that African Americans are still facing 53 years after the peak of the Civil Rights Movement. The impressive panels and experts examined a range of issues from environmental justice to economic equity, COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution to racial disparities and criminal justice.
2020 US Elections Aftermath: A Social Justice Policy Summit
In the wake of the 2020 US presidential elections, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Immigrants Committee - in strategic partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States - hosted a policy summit designed to advance racial equity and social justice principles. Over the course of two days, the interdisciplinary conference explored myriad manifestations of interpersonal, structural, and institutionalized discrimination to create enhanced awareness around these issues. The convening also culminated in concrete community-driven policy recommendations to achieve positive social, political, and legal reform to ensure a better tomorrow for all.
The ABA Death Penalty Due Process Review Project developed a three-part CLE webinar series exploring the fundamental issues in using the death penalty, how the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these issues, and recent legal developments in death penalty legislation. In these free CLE webinars, panelists explored the intricacies of the death penalty, identifying certain elements as barricades in our collective pursuit of advancing law and justice.
Developed by the leadership of the Section's Education Committee, this series explored the significance of access to quality education as a prerequisite for meaningful participation in American democracy. Building upon the U.S. Supreme Court's observation in the case of Brown v. Board of Education that "education is the very foundation of good citizenship," this series examined how education shapes democratic participation in a variety of significant ways.
This six-part national lecture series explored immigration at the intersection of national security law, public international law and US constitutional law, among other legal areas. During these free webinars, legal scholars, practitioners and political commentators addressed this deepening crisis in our collective pursuit to advance law and justice.