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Rule of Law Forum - Preserving the Rule of Law in an Age of

Rule of Law Forum – Preserving the Rule of Law in an Age of Disruption
Session 4: Threats to Individual and Societal Rights
Wednesday, October 21 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 Non-Members

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a Zoom invite two hours prior to the program with details on how to access the chat.

This five-part series will feature panels of respected experts from across the political spectrum – including former government officials, judges and scholars – who will identify current challenges and threats to the rule of law in America, discuss why they matter and propose remedies. The goal is to create an ongoing and thought-provoking discussion among the legal profession, the academic community and the public about what can and should be done to assure that America remains a nation governed by law even in a time of crisis – or especially in a time of crisis – and to identify the actions necessary for our justice system to promote the impartial, equitable and effective enforcement of those laws.

This session will survey recent trends that question the role of law and courts in the pursuit of a just and democratic society. Is adherence to the rule of law deteriorating and, if so, is that because of limitations on the ability (or inclination) of citizens and courts to prevent violations of individual rights or, more broadly, the rules governing a functioning democracy? Speakers will discuss the most salient of the deteriorations of voting rights, asylum rights and incarceration policies, the militarization of policing and the disparate treatment of minorities by police and prosecutors, and the use of libel litigation to inflict costs on individuals and media outlets who challenge or criticize officeholders.

Keynote Speaker:
Anthony Romero
, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

Nicole Austin-Hillary, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch U.S. Program
David McCraw, Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, New York Times
Myrna Perez, Director, Voting Rights and Elections Program, Brennan Center
Hon. Mimi Tsankov, Vice President, Eastern Region, National Association of Immigration Judges
Cecillia Wang, Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Center for Democracy, American Civil Liberties Union

Sponsoring  Committee:  
Task Force on the Rule of Law, Stephen L. Kass, Chair

Rule of Law Forum:
Session 5: Rebuilding the Rule of Law in America: What Can and Should the Legal Profession, Individual Lawyers and Citizens Do?

For more information about the City Bar’s work related to preserving and promoting the rule of law, click here


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