Section Projects

The Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice houses three ABA projects: the Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, the HIV/AIDS Impact Project, and the Court Watching Project, which is conducted with the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense.

Our Initiatives

Voting Rights Service Initiative

The Voting Rights Service Initiative is designed to protect and advance the voting rights of vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, those residing in long-term care facilities and people with limited English proficiency. The Section launched this initiative by partnering with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law on Election Protection, and by creating a voting rights toolkit to equip community leaders to identify and prevent voter suppression that vulnerable populations may face.

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Civil Rights Connection

Civil Rights Connection is a multi-component, collaborative initiative designed to facilitate collaboration and information sharing within the civil rights legal community. As part of this project, the Section is creating a state-by-state listing of civil rights and social justice pro bono opportunities from across the country. If you have such opportunities with your organization or firm, the Section would like to include you in this directory in the hopes that it can assist in recruiting additional volunteers to assist in your important work. Please complete the brief survey below.

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The Civil Rights Lawyer Webinar Series

There are so many ways to advance civil rights and social justice, and the time could not be more opportune to explore pathways into the profession of the civil rights lawyer. This four-part series provides insights and perspectives about pursuing a career in the realm of civil rights law. Panelists include law professors, policy advocates, civil rights litigators, public interest lawyers, federal agency attorneys, law clerks, and a range of others who will discuss their career trajectories and lessons learned in their work to advance civil rights.

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Free Legal Answers Volunteer Partnership

The Section is proud to join ABA Free Legal Answers to offer several volunteer opportunities during the 2020-21 bar year. ABA Free Legal Answers is an online virtual legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their state. ABA Free Legal Answers continues to serve as a valuable pro bono resource for attorneys and clients as it is entirely virtual and can address many basic legal questions that arise, both typical and pandemic-based.

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Civil Rights Civics Institute

As the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, we strive to educate both lawyers and the public about related law and policy so everyone can more effectively participate in our democracy. We believe that civic literacy fosters unity. The Civil Rights Civics Institute (CRCI) will consist of short, educational videos answering student-generated questions on a wide range of civil rights related civics topics. We have gathered questions from students around our nation and reached out specifically to those in traditionally underserved communities. We are now working to provide answers to those questions through both video and written responses.

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