Civil Rights and Social Justice

Join Us. Whatever your area of specialization, CRSJ has a place for you. The Section fulfills our role by: Raising and addressing often complex and difficult civil rights and civil liberties issues in a changing and diverse society ; and Ensuring that protection of individual rights remains a focus of legal and policy decisions.

Honoring former Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.  The award will be presented on Saturday, August 4, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill


Over the past five decades, the Section and its members have worked on hundreds of issues addressing a broad range of civil rights, civil liberties, and international human rights. Today, the Section continues to promote policies affecting religious freedom, LGBT rights, gender equity, and other significant civil rights issues. Your gift will help make our efforts possible for the next fifty years!

Member Op-Ed

Major First Amendment Term for the U.S. Supreme Court By Steve Wermiel Section Council Member and First Amendment Rights Committee Co-chair The current term of the U.S. Supreme Court is shaping up as a monumental one for free speech after the Justices added three new First Amendment cases to their docket on November 13.

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Chair's Column

May 2018 2017-18 Section Chair Robert N. Weiner pens his fourth column of the year. Robert N. Weiner is Chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and a Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Human Rights Magazine

Each of our Section members receives a subscription to Human Rights, our award-winning quarterly magazine. For decades, it has been a trusted source of expert ideas, opinions, and discourse on a diverse array of topics in the human and civil rights arena. Published quarterly, Human Rights covers a wide range of topics in the human and civil rights arena. While the subscription is free of charge for Section members, individual subscriptions may be purchased for $18 by calling the American Bar Association Service Center at 1-800-285-2221. Additional annual subscriptions for Section members are $3 each.

Vol. 43, No. 2

We the People. Amidst this painfully partisan milieu, it’s not necessary to have a partisan perspective to feel concerned about core principles. Indeed, it is likely the least partisan among us who find the most cause for concern, as worried pragmatists see objective reality apparently slipping beneath the surface of our turbulent political tides.

Vol. 43, No. 1

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Committee participation allows members of CRSJ to become more deeply involved with the issues they care most about. Each year the Section committees organize CLE and community programs, draft letters to government officials, and help shape official ABA policy.

Recent Programming

Recent Programming

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and the Future of Consumer Privacy in America

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Tools for Schools

Second Edition e-Book A Handbook for Lawyer Engagement in Student Education

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Death Penalty Due Process

The AIDS Coordinating Committee stands as the core of the Association's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, developing HIV/AIDS-related policy recommendations for adoption by the ABA House of Delegates and, upon their adoption, advancing those policies through ABA-sponsored programs and projects.

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