Civil Rights Litigation

About the Committee


Our core mission is to deliver practice-relevant information to the community of lawyers who represent plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits implicating civil rights. Through a combination of programming, website materials, newsletters, periodic emails, and the work of our subcommittees, we strive to engage our members and enhance the quality of representation of individuals and institutions in litigation over the most fundamental protections that our federal and state laws afford. We also work to foster a collegial atmosphere among all members of the civil-rights litigation bar, both to coordinate efforts among lawyers who have common goals and to encourage healthy dialogue between the plaintiff and defense bars.

Message from the Chairs

Greetings from the Section’s Civil Rights Litigation Committee! We look forward to continuing in our roles as committee cochairs for the 2019–2020 bar year. Thanks in large part to our subcommittee chairs, we were able to provide such meaningful and practice-relevant information during the last bar year. This year we plan to continue that great work.

We will also look to you—our members—for contributions to our quarterly newsletter, articles, practice points, and Sound Advice podcasts. If you have an idea or topic, are looking for opportunities to publish, or wish to discuss potential opportunities to contribute, please reach out to us! If you are interested in getting more involved with the Civil Rights Litigation Committee, but can’t decide what you want to do, take our survey here. We’ll get back to you asap to discuss ways that you can get involved and network with our fellow committee members! You can also check out our recent newsletter for content ideas.

For those of you who are new to the committee—here’s a little more about us:

Jasmyn is a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, specializing in voting rights litigation. Before joining the department in June 2016, Jasmyn spent over two years with the Advancement Project in Washington, D.C., helping local community organizations to litigate and oppose voting legislation that had a disproportionate burden on minorities. She served as counsel to the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP in its historic voting rights case, N.C. N.A.A.C.P. v. McCrory (M.D.N.C.).

Dorian Slaybod is a staff attorney at Farmworker Legal Services, a statewide, non-profit legal services provider that represents indigent immigrant, migrant, and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents throughout Michigan. Dorian previously worked as the director of legal services at the Lucas County Domestic Relations Court in Toledo, Ohio. He has been the editor of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee since 2012, helping publish a long list of articles on many civil rights topics. He also wrote and published an article on the civil rights of migrant workers for the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, and has been involved with the American Civil Liberties Union as a board member in Ohio and law school intern in Southern California.

Our committee comprises talented and experienced litigators, academics, and law students, who engage in some of the most pressing civil rights issues. We will strive to afford current and new members, especially younger attorneys and law students, more opportunities to network. Let’s make this a great bar year for the Section’s Civil Rights Litigation Committee!


 Jasmyn Richardson and Dorian Slaybod 

Cochairs, Civil Rights Litigation Committee


The Civil Rights Litigation Committee is currently looking for members to serve as chairs of our subcommittees. If one of these subcommittees interests you—or if you would like us to add a new subcommittee—please contact Dorian Slaybod. Our active subcommittees and subcommittee chairs are listed below.

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Criminal Justice
  • Employment
  • First Amendment
  • Race/National Origin/Language Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Second Amendment
  • Section 1981
  • Section 1983

» Download Subcommittee Leadership Roster | PDF

Committee Leadership

Jimmy Goodman
David D. Moore

Web Editor
Jonathan Polonsky