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2020 Higginbotham Virtual Gala

Join us Thursday, Sept 17th at 3 pm EST for the virtual 20th Anniversary Higginbotham Award event. We will salute UPS Executive Chairman, David Abney with the A. Leon Higginbotham Award; the Honorable Karen Bass with the Legacy of Justice Award; attorney Ben Crump with the Trailblazer Award; business leader and philanthropist, Robert Smith with the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize; and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Nikole Hannah-Jones with the Beacon of Justice Award. Also, City of Atlanta Mayor, the Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms will receive the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award.


 The United States Postal Service is under attack. Under the leadership of the new Postmaster General and Trump megadonor, Louis DeJoy, the agency has been upended with dramatic changes that could impact timely delivery of mail. Join this emergency program to find out action steps that can be taken to avert this crisis and to learn accurate information about how you can vote by mail in your state.

Demystifying Judicial Clerkships

Judicial clerkships are an important and powerful experience for law school graduates. Securing and preparing for a federal clerkship can be a daunting task for even the best law students. What is the experience of serving as a clerk look like? What are judges looking for in applicants? What should you expect during an interview? Are there steps that you can take to make yourself an exceptional candidate? Join us for this webinar to learn more about judicial clerkships.

Civil Rights and the Supreme Court: October 2019 End-of-Term Briefing

During the Supreme Court’s October 2019 term, the Court issued numerous decisions impacting voting rights, employment protections for the LGBT community, access to abortion care, the death penalty, and the fate of the Obama-era DACA program. Join Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for a review of these and other important cases, and what the decisions mean for the future of civil rights and racial justice. With opening remarks from Tona Boyd, Chief Counsel to Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Advocacy In The Wake of Hate

Join the James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate on Tuesday, June 16th for a conversation on advocacy in the wake of hate. We’ll hear from family members of hate crime victims to learn about how, in the wake of tragedy, they were able to advocate for a better response to hate crimes. Community activists and legal experts will provide context for the discussion with an overview of hate crime law. Given current events, it promises to be an especially relevant and moving conversation. 

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Police Reform Now: An Overview of New Federal Legislation to Reform & Overhaul Policing

Two weeks following the tragic death of George Floyd, Congress will introduce new legislation to put in place comprehensive policing reform. In advance of upcoming hearings, join experts to get fresh perspective on the bill and learn action steps that you can take to advance policing reform in your community.

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Safeguarding Civil Rights: NC’s Road Forward for At-Risk Communities Amidst The Covid-19 Pandemic

As of May 19, North Carolina health officials say for the first time, that all 100 counties in the state have reported lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. The virus has led to hundreds of deaths and counting, economic hardship, community and educational upheaval, and tens of thousands of citizens hospitalized or in recovery. Even worse, African-Americans in North Carolina account for about 22% of the state’s population but represent more than 38% of Covid-19 fatalities.

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Activating the Private Bar to Protect the Right to Vote Amid the Pandemic

The current 2020 election cycle presents a number of new challenges in the wake of the pandemic. This panel will provide outline the current litigation landscape and review key cases that impact access to the ballot. Focus will be provided on absentee balloting and recent experiences in Ohio, Wisconsin and Maryland. Panelists will also explore potential reforms that can be put in place to expand access and consider the potential barriers. The program will close by offering opportunities for pro bono engagement through the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Election Protection program, the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection program that draws support from the private bar.

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