Civil Rights Litigation

About the Committee

Mission

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

We are thrilled to serve as cochairs of the Section’s Civil Rights Litigation Committee for the 2017-2018 bar year and continue the incredible work that the Committee has accomplished over the last year. We especially want to thank Carmen Caruso for his dedication to the Committee as a cochair and time spent planning and spearheading publications, Sound Advice clips and roundtable discussions. Carmen, your experience in Chicago, commitment to civil rights, and creative ideas—especially as they relate to economic justice—will inform and encourage our future work.

Dalton Courson will stay on as a Committee cochair for the 2017-2018 bar year, to continue his leadership and offer guidance to the new cochairs.

Our new cochairs, Andrew and Jasmyn, both offer backgrounds in civil rights litigation, which we hope will further the Committee’s work. Andrew, a partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, has committed a significant portion of his practice to racial justice, children’s’ rights, housing, and employment discrimination. He has reformed the Pinebush School District’s treatment of Anti-Semitic bullying, obtained $6 million for a man who spent over twenty years in prison for a murder he did not committee, required the Cooper Union to pursue a return to free tuition, and reformed the bylaws of a former pro-Nazi residential community on Long Island.

Jasmyn, a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, specializes in voting rights litigation. She spent over two years with the Advancement Project in Washington, D.C. helping local and state community organizations to litigate and oppose voting legislation that had a disproportionate burden on minorities, and ultimately fight for greater access to the ballot box. She served as counsel to the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP in the historic and recent voting rights case, North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory (M.D.N.C.).

Now, more than ever, we must provide the resources, tools, and spaces to discuss pressing civil rights issues with our members. As law students, academics, and litigators, we all have an important role to play in the legal battles addressing religious discrimination, religious freedom legislation, police misconduct, public education, First Amendment rights, and so much more. We look forward to working with you to make this a productive and meaningful bar year for the Section’s Civil Rights Litigation Committee.

Dalton Courson
Andrew Wilson
Jasmyn Richardson

Cochairs, Civil Rights Litigation Committee


Subcommittees

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

Cochairs
Jasmyn Richardson
Dorian Slaybod

Content Editor
Dorian Slaybod