National Civil Rights Leaders Share Lessons Learned at ABA Meeting

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2012 – National leaders from the civil rights movement will come together at the _ Section of Litigation Fall Leadership Meeting to discuss their personal experiences during milestone events of the ‘50s and ‘60s, as well as examine the role that lawyers played in the struggle for civil rights for African Americans.

Paulette Brown, former president of the National Bar Association and past member of the ABA Board of Governors, will present this program. She and Judge Bernice Donald, the first African American female judge in Tennessee’s history, and the first African American female to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, will moderate the panel.

The panel discussion, “Lessons in Leadership from the Civil Rights Movement,” takes place from 8:45 – 11:00 a.m. CST on Sept. 28 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.

Speakers include:

D’Army Bailey, founder of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and formerly a circuit court judge, expelled from Southern University following protest demonstrations against segregation in Baton Rouge, La.;

Frankie Muse Freeman, who broke barriers as the first woman of color appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and has dedicated her life’s work to the civil rights movement. She represented the NAACP in the landmark case Davis et al v. St. Louis Housing Authority, which ended legal racial discrimination in public housing;

Elaine Jones, first woman to serve as director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, who was instrumental in reshaping the federal judiciary to include more people of color and more judges committed to equal rights;

Sarah Collins Rudolph, survivor of the 1963 16th Street Church bombing by the Ku Klux Klan and prosecution witness in the trial of Bobby Frank Cherry.  Her sister, Addie Mae Collins, was one of four girls killed in the bombing.;

Ted Shaw, Columbia Law School professor and former director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a leading voice on civil rights, who served as lead counsel representing students in an affirmative action admissions case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court; and

Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, known for her contributions on justice issues including the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. She continues to champion civil rights issues including housing, fair lending and community development.

“The civil rights era was a transformative time in our nation’s history. This program boasts incredible leaders who have devoted their lives to the fight for civil rights and equal justice for all.  The leadership demonstrated by our extraordinary panelists will serve to inspire and motivate us to be better lawyers and bar leaders,” stated Bill Bay, chair of the Section of Litigation.

The program will be live-streamed.  Register now and receive access to the event by clicking here.

There is no charge for media covering this event.  For media credentials and more information please contact Jason Fujioka at 312-988-6128.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. 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.

The Section of Litigation, the ABA’s largest practice specialty section with over 61,000 members, is dedicated to helping litigators become more effective advocates for their clients.

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