It’s Summertime! For many of us, this time of year means being outside as much as possible (at least for those of us who live in places where there is a hard, cold winter). Kids are home from school, traveling on family vacations, or attending a family reunion. Golf outings, ice cream, baseball, swimming, beaches, backyard barbeques, and long walks are all popular activities in the summertime.
This summer is a busy time for our Section. We are celebrating Pride Month this June, and encourage you to watch this week’s Chair Chat with our SOGI Committee Vice Chair Nathan Bruemmer. We are excited and busy planning for the ABA Annual Meeting this August in Denver. We are preparing to introduce 10 resolutions before the House of Delegates that address several critical issues facing our country: Renter Tax Credit, Caste Discrimination, Race and the Death Penalty, Book Banning, Commercial Spyware and Reproductive Freedom. We are also working collaboratively with other ABA entities to co-sponsor other resolutions that are necessary to protect the rule of law and advance our democracy.
Our Section is also excited about this year’s Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration which will be held during the Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 5th. This year we are honoring Attorney John Echohawk, the Executive Director of the Native American Rights Funds (NARF). He was the first graduate of the University of New Mexico’s special program to train Indian lawyers and was a founding member of the American Indian Law Students Association while in law school. Mr. Echohawk has been with NARF since its inception in 1970, having served continuously as Executive Director since 1977. Mr. Echohawk has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and has received numerous service awards and other recognition for his leadership in the Indian law field.