Government & Public Interest

ABA Webinar – The Civil Rights Lawyer: Perspectives on the Profession

The American Bar Association Civil Rights and Social Justice Section is  hosting a free webinar entitled The Civil Rights Lawyer: Perspectives on the Profession – Part 2 of 4 on February 19, 2021 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM ET.

The late Civil Rights champion, former Howard Law Dean, Mentor of Thurgood Marshall, and co-founder of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Charles Hamilton Houston, forewarned his law students that “a lawyer is either a social engineer or parasite on society.”

The second part of the series, The Civil Rights Lawyer: Perspectives on the Profession, builds upon the vision for good that Houston believed lawyers can play in constructing a more equitable society. Part 2: Social Engineer, commemorates Black History Month, recognizing lawyers who are working to engineer a more racially just country. It will feature civil rights lawyers working for racial justice in various arenas, including academia, litigation, and policy.

They embody what Houston outlined as his vision of a social engineer: “A social engineer [is] a highly skilled, perceptive, sensitive lawyer who [understands] the Constitution of the United States and [knows] how to explore its uses in the solving of problems of local communities and in bettering conditions of the underprivileged citizens.” This program seeks to inform and inspire, future and current civil rights lawyers.

Recording of Part 1 – The Civil Rights Lawyer: Perspectives on the Profession