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September 30, 2020

The importance of civility, civic education to be focus of Young Lawyers’ fall conference

CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2020 — The young lawyer’s role in cultivating and maintaining civility and civic education and racial justice are among the topics that will be discussed at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Virtual Fall Conference Oct. 7-9.

2020 Virtual Fall Conference
Sponsored by ABA Young Lawyers Division

Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 7-9


In the opening plenary on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. EDT, Judge Patrick Fisher of the Supreme Court of Ohio will discuss what civility means to him, and how the judiciary can help improve civility in the practice. 

The closing plenary on Friday, Oct. 9, at 4:30 p.m. will include Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and former member of the Ohio House of Representatives Ted Celeste speaking on the importance of civility in a democratic society.

Program highlights include:

Wednesday, Oct. 7

“Race & the (In)Justice System” This program is a continuation of the “Redefining Justice: A Path Forward” program series in support of racial equity, meaningful change and justice. The panelists will discuss the cause of racial disparity in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration on people of color and what lawyers can do to drive meaningful change to reduce the racial disparity.

5-6 p.m.  EDT

Friday, Oct. 9

“Men of Color Summit (Part 1): Personal and Professional Development as a Man of Color” — A dynamic and engaging panel of speakers will share their insights on personal and professional development as men of color. As they reflect on changes in professional culture throughout their tenure, each will share advice received and lessons learned that helped them navigate their career paths. Panelists will also share experiences, resources and sources of support that have helped them achieve years of success.

12:15-1:15 p.m. EDT

“Men of Color Summit (Part 2): Wellness Program - Mental Health in Times of Racial Unrest” — A panel of Black mental health professionals will discuss the mental health issues that can arise during times of racial unrest for BIPOCs. They will also provide tips for coping with those issues, both for the affected individuals and for their allies.

1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

“Access to Justice: Just Mercy” — Panelists, including Rebecca Brown of the Innocence Project; Judge Michael Donnelly of the Ohio Supreme Court; and Darrell Jackson, professor of law and director of the Prosecution Assistance Program at the University of Wyoming, will discuss how the movie “Just Mercy” portrays the unequal application of justice between white and Black people in America, both then and now and what options we as a society have moving forward for the implementation of anti-racist and race-blind practices in law enforcement and within the criminal justice system.

3-4 p.m. EDT

See the complete agenda here.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Priscilla Totten at 202-662-1094 or [email protected].

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