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 would like to introduce ourselves as the incoming cochairs of the Civil Rights Committee. I am a solo practitioner working in rural Western North Carolina; I represent several departments of social services and Jimmy is of counsel with Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City, doing litigation and Native American law. Additionally, Jonathan Polonsky has agreed to serve as the Web Editor.

We are pleased to let everyone know that our committee's Section Annual Conference proposal: “Voting Rights 2021: Lessons Learned . . . What Now?” has been approved. Currently, this program is scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 2021, 10:45-11:45 a.m. at the Section Annual Conference (SAC) in Houston, Texas; there is the chance that this program could become a plenary program, which would change the time and scope of the presentation but that decision has not yet been made. We will continue to keep all informed about the status of the program and will be actively seeking assistance with this and all of our other programming throughout the bar year.

In addition to the SAC program, we will attempt to have quarterly committee conference calls, as well as Practice Points and newsletter articles as we are able. Obviously, the programming content for the SAC session is an enormous project, so any assistance that you may be willing to contribute would be greatly appreciated.

Our first committee conference call is planned for December and we will send out information for that in the near future; our conference calls are open to all committee members and your participation would be welcome. Other committee conference calls are planned for April and June.

Jimmy Goodman and David D. Moore

Cochairs, Civil Rights Litigation Committee


Subcommittees

We are also pleased to have the following Sub-Committee Chairs returning:

Appellate
Cassandra Robertson (cassandra.robertson@case.edu)

Criminal Justice
David Schoen (schoenlawfirm@gmail.com)

Employment
Dustin Crawford (Dcrawford@pcwlawfirm.com)

First Amendment
Jonathan Peters (Jonathan.w.peters@gmail.com)

Native American Rights
Greg Buzzard (greg.buzzard@crowedunlevy.com)

Section 1981
Carmen Caruso (cdc@cdcaruso.com

Section 1983
Lynda Dodd (lyndagdodd@aol.com) and Sarah Ricks (sricks@camden.rutgers.edu)

We still need to fill the following Subcommittee Chair positions:

Race/National Origin/Language

Voting Rights

If you would be willing to serve in the capacity as one of the vacant sub-committee chair positions or propose and additional subcommittee, please let us know.

» Download Subcommittee Leadership Roster | PDF


Committee Leadership

Cochairs
Jimmy Goodman
David D. Moore

Web Editor
Jonathan Polonsky