November 4, 2010

Advance Notice

Forum to explore civil rights justice

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) will give the keynote address.

Legal scholars and civil rights activists will revisit the history of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and explore the effectiveness of recent Supreme Court decisions on civil rights laws at the National Civil Rights Access to Justice Forum on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12, at Emory Law’s Tull Auditorium.

Featured speakers include U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) who will give the keynote address, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Doar, who prosecuted the “Mississippi Burning” case involving the murders of three civil rights activists.

“In light of recent Supreme Court decisions that have made it more difficult for many individuals to gain access to our federal courts, this will be a timely discussion of national importance,” says Caroline Fredrickson, executive director of the American Constitution Society.

“We are pleased to be hosting this conference and especially honored to bring together important figures in the civil rights movement along with leading scholars, jurists and practitioners to engage in an open dialogue on the current state of our civil rights laws,” says Emory Law professor Paul Zwier, director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. 

The conference is organized jointly by Emory Law’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and the American Constitution Society.

See the full list of speakers and register for the conference

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