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Join us on MONDAY at 2:00 p.m. ET for "Afghanistan on the Brink: Risk Assessments for Women’s Rights, Cultural Heritage ...
09/10/2021

Join us on MONDAY at 2:00 p.m. ET for "Afghanistan on the Brink: Risk Assessments for Women’s Rights, Cultural Heritage Preservation and Economic Relief."

In this webinar, Beth K. Whittenbury – Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Principal, Beth K. Whittenbury & Associates; Rukhsar Azamee – Media Officer, International Law Association American Branch; Dr. Nafay Choudhury – Junior Research Fellow, St Catharine's College Cambridge; Aleena Jun Nawabi – Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, CAIR San Diego; Mohsin Khan – Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Initiatives; Middle East and Central Asia Director, International Monetary Fund; John F. Sopko – Inspector General, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction; Nadia Ahmad – Associate Professor of Law, Barry University School of Law (Official); Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair, Environmental Justice Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; and Kristi Disney Bruckner – Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Executive Director, Sustainable Development Strategies Group, will share insights on how to move beyond the current situation to harness potential for female education, women’s economic empowerment, and cultural heritage preservation.

Register HERE ➡️ bit.ly/3BPkBNY

Join us on MONDAY at 2:00 p.m. ET for "Afghanistan on the Brink: Risk Assessments for Women’s Rights, Cultural Heritage Preservation and Economic Relief."

In this webinar, Beth K. Whittenbury – Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Principal, Beth K. Whittenbury & Associates; Rukhsar Azamee – Media Officer, International Law Association American Branch; Dr. Nafay Choudhury – Junior Research Fellow, St Catharine's College Cambridge; Aleena Jun Nawabi – Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, CAIR San Diego; Mohsin Khan – Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Initiatives; Middle East and Central Asia Director, International Monetary Fund; John F. Sopko – Inspector General, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction; Nadia Ahmad – Associate Professor of Law, Barry University School of Law (Official); Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair, Environmental Justice Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; and Kristi Disney Bruckner – Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Executive Director, Sustainable Development Strategies Group, will share insights on how to move beyond the current situation to harness potential for female education, women’s economic empowerment, and cultural heritage preservation.

Register HERE ➡️ bit.ly/3BPkBNY

"In recent years, the Supreme Court has granted stays halting several ex*****ons in Texas and Alabama over the presence ...
09/09/2021
Texas ex*****on delayed by U.S. Supreme Court

"In recent years, the Supreme Court has granted stays halting several ex*****ons in Texas and Alabama over the presence of clergy or spiritual advisers in the death chamber. The only ex*****on stays the Supreme Court has granted in recent years have been related to issues of religious practice or discrimination." via POLITICO

The inmate claimed the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection.

TODAY AT 2:00 P.M. ET: Register for "Afghanistan: A Rapid Response to the Recent U.S. Withdrawal and How You Can Help."I...
09/09/2021

TODAY AT 2:00 P.M. ET: Register for "Afghanistan: A Rapid Response to the Recent U.S. Withdrawal and How You Can Help."

In this webinar, American Bar Association President Reginald M. Turner, Jr.; Robyn Barnard – Senior Advocacy Counsel, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First; Jill Marie Bussey – Director for Public Policy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; Renee Dopplick – Special Advisor, ABA Representatives and Observers to the United Nations Committee; Spojmie Nasiri – Attorney, Law Office of Spojmie Nasiri, PC; Hon. Vanessa Ruiz – Senior Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals; Former President, International Association of Women Judges; Zuhra Sadat – Recently Evacuated Afghan Lawyer; and Rahmah A. Abdulaleem – Executive Director, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; Vice Chair, Religious Freedom Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, will discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and stateside, the ongoing efforts to support Afghans seeking to relocate to the U.S., and the many opportunities for you to help.

Register HERE ➡️ bit.ly/3jQDOIY

TODAY AT 2:00 P.M. ET: Register for "Afghanistan: A Rapid Response to the Recent U.S. Withdrawal and How You Can Help."

In this webinar, American Bar Association President Reginald M. Turner, Jr.; Robyn Barnard – Senior Advocacy Counsel, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First; Jill Marie Bussey – Director for Public Policy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; Renee Dopplick – Special Advisor, ABA Representatives and Observers to the United Nations Committee; Spojmie Nasiri – Attorney, Law Office of Spojmie Nasiri, PC; Hon. Vanessa Ruiz – Senior Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals; Former President, International Association of Women Judges; Zuhra Sadat – Recently Evacuated Afghan Lawyer; and Rahmah A. Abdulaleem – Executive Director, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; Vice Chair, Religious Freedom Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, will discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and stateside, the ongoing efforts to support Afghans seeking to relocate to the U.S., and the many opportunities for you to help.

Register HERE ➡️ bit.ly/3jQDOIY

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice would like to extend its deepest gratitude to each generous sponsor o...
09/09/2021

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice would like to extend its deepest gratitude to each generous sponsor of the 2021 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration for their support that enables us to advance our programs and publications and better serve our community of advocates nationwide working to protect civil rights and social justice.

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice would like to extend its deepest gratitude to each generous sponsor of the 2021 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration for their support that enables us to advance our programs and publications and better serve our community of advocates nationwide working to protect civil rights and social justice.

"The Supreme Court late Friday paused a lower court order that would have required the Biden administration to restart t...
08/24/2021
Supreme Court pauses reinstatement of Remain-in-Mexico border policy

"The Supreme Court late Friday paused a lower court order that would have required the Biden administration to restart the Trump-era practice of instructing migrants to wait in Mexico for their asylum hearings on Saturday.

While temporary, the order signed by Justice Samuel Alito granted the Biden administration more time to fight off the reinstatement of a controversial border policy it has strongly denounced as ineffective. The suspension of the lower court order expires Tuesday at midnight." via CBS News

The Trump-era program required 70,000 non-Mexican asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their U.S. asylum court hearings.

Join the American Bar Association - Commission on Disability Rights, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, and ABA Section of...
08/23/2021

Join the American Bar Association - Commission on Disability Rights, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, and ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice TODAY at 3:00 p.m. ET for "#FreeBritney: Transforming and Reforming Conservatorship and Guardianship."

In this webinar, Zoe Brennan-Krohn – Staff Attorney, ACLU Disability RIghts Program; Jasmine E. Harris – Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; Hon. Lauren S. Holland – Circuit Court Judge, State of Oregon; Michael Tyler Lincoln-McCreight – Co-Chair, SDM4L; Jonathan Martinis – Senior Director for Law and Policy, Burton Blatt Institute; and Charles Sabatino – Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, as they discuss the risks and harms of guardianship, its systemic flaws, the promise of alternatives like supported decision-making, and reforms and changes that can address the problems that Britney Spears’ case has brought to light.

Register HERE ➡️ bit.ly/3jLM9MJ

Join the American Bar Association - Commission on Disability Rights, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, and ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice TODAY at 3:00 p.m. ET for "#FreeBritney: Transforming and Reforming Conservatorship and Guardianship."

In this webinar, Zoe Brennan-Krohn – Staff Attorney, ACLU Disability RIghts Program; Jasmine E. Harris – Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; Hon. Lauren S. Holland – Circuit Court Judge, State of Oregon; Michael Tyler Lincoln-McCreight – Co-Chair, SDM4L; Jonathan Martinis – Senior Director for Law and Policy, Burton Blatt Institute; and Charles Sabatino – Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, as they discuss the risks and harms of guardianship, its systemic flaws, the promise of alternatives like supported decision-making, and reforms and changes that can address the problems that Britney Spears’ case has brought to light.

Register HERE ➡️ bit.ly/3jLM9MJ

“The Biden administration on Wednesday issued new guidance instructing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ag...
08/12/2021
ICE deportation agents ordered not to detain crime victims

“The Biden administration on Wednesday issued new guidance instructing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to refrain from detaining and deporting immigrants who were victims of crimes, barring extraordinary circumstances.

By minimizing the "chilling effect" of potential deportation, interim ICE Director Tae Johnson said in a memo to agents, the policy change can encourage immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission to contact law enforcement and assist investigations.” via CBS News

By minimizing the "chilling effect" of potential deportation, the policy change can encourage undocumented immigrants to contact law enforcement, ICE argued.

Don't miss ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Chair-Elect Juan R. Thomas and American Bar Association Presid...
08/10/2021
NCBP 2021: DEI - Does Your Seat at the Table Change the View? - Legal Talk Network

Don't miss ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Chair-Elect Juan R. Thomas and American Bar Association President Reginald M. Turner in conversation about the value of mentors, President Turner's vision for leadership, and the importance for young lawyers to get involved with the ABA.

A conversation about mentors, volunteer work, and leadership.

“Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday announced a wide-ranging civil rights inquiry into the operations of the P...
08/06/2021
Justice Department opens civil rights investigation into Phoenix police

“Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday announced a wide-ranging civil rights inquiry into the operations of the Phoenix Police Department to include the agency's use of deadly force.

The inquiry marks the third police agency, in addition to Minneapolis and Louisville, that has become the focus of a federal investigation into a pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing.

Garland said the inquiry also would assess the police department's treatment of the homeless, whether officers engaged in discriminatory policing and possible retaliation against protesters engaged in peaceful demonstrations.” via USA TODAY

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a civil rights probe into the Phoenix Police Department, including the agency's use of force.

“Between 1910 and 1970, government officials here rounded up children, especially those of mixed White and Aboriginal an...
08/05/2021
Australia to pay hundreds of millions in reparations to Indigenous ‘stolen generations’

“Between 1910 and 1970, government officials here rounded up children, especially those of mixed White and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ethnicity, and sent them to boarding schools and church-run missions. An official inquiry has estimated as many as one in three Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families nationwide.

On Thursday, Australia’s federal government agreed to pay about $280 million in reparations to survivors who were removed from their families in federally controlled areas including the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.

‘This is a long-called-for step,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison told lawmakers Thursday. ‘To say formally not just that we’re deeply sorry for what happened, but that we will take responsibility for it.’

Under the compensation plan, eligible survivors will receive a one-off payment of about $55,000 for the harm caused by their forced removal. It is part of a wider program to reduce the disparity between Indigenous and other Australians, known as ‘closing the gap.’” via Washington Post

Comparable to Native American boarding schools in the United States and the Canadian residential schools for Indigenous children, Australia’s program aimed to eliminate all traces of Indigenous culture from their wards.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday it will extend the federal eviction moratorium t...
08/05/2021
The CDC extending the federal eviction moratorium is expected to cover about 90% of renters

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday it will extend the federal eviction moratorium through October 3, 2021 after the ban lapsed over the weekend.

The announcement comes after pressure from House Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo. The White House previously said Biden did not have the authority [to] extend the ban, given a June Supreme Court ruling that said only Congress can enact such a ban.

Now, the CDC will instead issue a ban in counties ‘experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels’ of Covid-19, which will cover an estimated 90% of renters.

The White House is also calling on state and local governments to do everything they can to get out the $46 billion in emergency rental relief Congress has allocated. So far, only an estimated $3 billion has been disbursed.” via CNBC

After pressure from House Democrats and housing advocates, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the federal eviction ban will be extended.

FRIDAY @ 4:30 P.M. CT: Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice as we honor legendary civil rights leader...
08/05/2021

FRIDAY @ 4:30 P.M. CT: Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice as we honor legendary civil rights leader Dr. Clarence B. Jones with the Thurgood Marshall Award. This program will take place during the 2021 ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting and will feature poignant remarks from multiple esteemed guests. A legendary "surprise" guest who will be a "first" for the Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration and the American Bar Association has been confirmed. You will NOT want to miss it!

Buy your ticket today! ➡️ bit.ly/3qUogWj

FRIDAY @ 4:30 P.M. CT: Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice as we honor legendary civil rights leader Dr. Clarence B. Jones with the Thurgood Marshall Award. This program will take place during the 2021 ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting and will feature poignant remarks from multiple esteemed guests. A legendary "surprise" guest who will be a "first" for the Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration and the American Bar Association has been confirmed. You will NOT want to miss it!

Buy your ticket today! ➡️ bit.ly/3qUogWj

Check out the latest from our Death Penalty Committee Co-Chair, Ron Tabak!
08/05/2021
Experts welcome US federal moratorium on capital punishment

Check out the latest from our Death Penalty Committee Co-Chair, Ron Tabak!

30 July 2021. PenzaNews. Experts continue to discuss the moratorium on federal ex*****ons imposed by US Attorney General Merrick Garland who leads the United States Department of Justice.

Check out our CLE Showcase program, "Beyond the Schoolhouse Gate: Student Speech Rights After Mahanoy School District v....
08/05/2021
Annual 2021: Social media and First Amendment rights of students explored

Check out our CLE Showcase program, "Beyond the Schoolhouse Gate: Student Speech Rights After Mahanoy School District v. B.L.,” TODAY at 10:00 a.m. CT!

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in support of public school students’ free expression outside of the school will be discussed online at the CLE Showcase Program “Beyond the Schoolhouse Gate: Student Speech Rights After Mahanoy School District v.

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08/04/2021

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The ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting starts today! Kick off the event by joining ABA President Patricia Lee Refo and other past ABA women presidents for a discussion on the status of women in the legal profession. Register now! https://ambar.org/dszwtp

“On Tuesday, the average Black woman will have finally earned the same amount as the average non-Hispanic white man earn...
08/03/2021
Why Black women's wage gap is a problem for everyone

“On Tuesday, the average Black woman will have finally earned the same amount as the average non-Hispanic white man earned a year earlier—eight months later. That's a problem, not just for Black women—who lose out on $900,000 in lifetime earnings—but for everyone, say experts on equal pay.

Experts are reflecting on this wage gap on the date known as Black Women's Equal Pay Day, which comes four months after Equal Pay Day, averaged for all women, reflecting the larger pay gap Black women face.

‘The issue of equal pay is not just a woman's issue because it trickles down into our families and into our communities, and it trickles down into our overall economy.'

If the gender pay gap were eliminated, on average, a Black woman working full-time year-round would have enough money for more than two-and-a-half years of child care, more than two-and-a-half additional years of tuition and fees for a four-year public university, or 22 more months of rent, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.” via Fortune

On Black Women's Equal Pay Day, experts offer ways to close the wage gap for good.

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