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March 23, 2023

ABA to host Economic Justice Summit in Washington, D.C., and virtually, March 30-31

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2023 —The American Bar Association Civil Rights and Social Justice Section will hold its Economic Justice Summit at the Georgetown University Law Center and online on March 30-31. The event is free and open to the public, though you must register in advance.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Al Green of Texas’ 9th Congressional District will give the morning keynote address at 9 a.m. EDT. On Friday, Zixta Q. Martinez, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will give the morning keynote address at 9 a.m. EDT. Demetria L. McCain, principal deputy assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will give the luncheon keynote at 12:45 p.m. EDT.

The two-day summit will cover issues including guaranteed income, taxes and debt, housing and the racial wealth gap.

“The Economic Justice Summit is the culmination of a yearlong effort to bring the necessary attention to economic justice,” said Juan R. Thomas, chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and of counsel at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer P.A. “A civil rights agenda without an economic agenda is like trying to clap with one hand.”

Lawyers, law students, policymakers, activists and other stakeholders will convene to hear and learn from practitioners and other policymakers about solutions to close the wealth gap and other critical economic disparities that continue to persist in society.

Economic Justice Summit
Sponsored by the ABA Civil Rights and Social Justice Section

Thursday-Friday, March 30-31

Georgetown University Law Center
The Sarah and Bernard Gewirz Student Center
120 F St. NW, Floor 12
Washington, DC 20001

The complete schedule of summit programs can be viewed online. To register as media for the summit, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at [email protected]. The public can register for both in person and virtual attendance here

Summit supporters include: Truist, Georgetown University Law Center, the DC Bar, American Tax Policy Institute, ABA Section of Taxation and Francine J. Lipman. Co-sponsors areABA Business Law SectionABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Commission on Homelessness and PovertyABA Criminal Justice SectionABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development LawABA Section of State and Local Government Law and ABA Young Lawyers Division.

The ABA Civil Rights and Social Justice Section provides leadership within the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties and social justice. Representing over 10,000 members with a wide range of professional interests, the section keeps its members abreast of complex civil rights and civil liberties issues and ensures that the protection of individual rights remain a focus of legal and policy discussion.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.