Thursday, August 8 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm (Reception to follow)

Thursday, August 8 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm (Reception to follow)

And Then They Came for Us: The Perils of Silence

The rule of law can be fragile, and lawyers have a particular obligation to speak out when governments enact laws that violate human and civil rights. That is what happened when the U.S. government intentionally misrepresented the dangers posed by Japanese Americans during World War II – the justification presented to the U.S. Supreme Court – and 120,000 Japanese Americans were sent to concentration camps in the western interior of the United States. That is also what happened in Germany when the Nazis enacted a series of laws designating German Jews as less than full citizens and implemented occupational bans that over five years barred all Jewish lawyers and jurists from the legal profession.

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Saturday, August 10 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Saturday, August 10 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Pro Bono Publico Awards Luncheon

The American Bar Association will present awards to three individual lawyers and two law firms for demonstrating outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.

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Saturday, August 10 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 10 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM

General Assembly and Presentation of the ABA Medal

Considered one of the highlights of the Meeting, this annual inspirational session includes the presentation of the Association’s highest honor, the ABA Medal, to San Francisco based attorney, Dale Minami. The keynote speaker is Sidney Runyan Thomas, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The event will also feature a variety of entertainment by the voice ensemble SWAG and Robert Sims. This event is open to all registrants and registered guests.

ABA Medal Recipient

Join us during the General Assembly to celebrate Dale Minami as he receives the ABA Medal - the association's highest honor. Minami was key to obtaining judicial recognition that the evacuation and incarceration of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II was unjust and illegal. Although the Supreme Court in 1944 upheld the constitutionality of the internment in Korematsu v. United States, Minami and his team successfully challenged that ruling 40 years later.

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Saturday, August 10 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

 Saturday, August 10 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

President's Reception | Contemporary Jewish Museum

Celebrate with ABA President, Bob Carlson, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM). The CJM’s architecture fuses a historic power station, originally built in 1881, to a soaring blue steel geometric superstructure. Its building embodies the past and present, the utilitarian and the abstract, the traditional and the contemporary. Conveniently located next to the Marriott Marquis, this is an opportunity to enjoy an evening featuring cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, gallery access, networking, and dancing.

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Saturday, August 10 | 7 - 10 PM

Saturday, August 10 | 7 - 10 PM

Thurgood Marshall Dinner | Westin St. Francis

The Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is honored and privileged that this year’s Thurgood Marshall Awardee will be the legendary John Lewis, one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, a founding member and Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the only one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders who organized the 1964 March on Washington still living, a 17 term congressional leader, and one of only two Lifetime Achievement recipients of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award.

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Sunday, August 11 | 12 - 2 PM

Sunday, August 11 | 12 - 2 PM

Margaret Brent Awards Luncheon | San Francisco Marriott Marquis

The award was established in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. Each year, this award honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. These women demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.

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