50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act:

Has America Moved Beyond Race?

Presented by the Norman S. Minor Bar Association

Pursuing Full Rights of Citizenship 2014

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7.75 Continuing Legal Education Credits
Friday, November 21, 2014. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
Program 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House, 801 West Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

Special Guest Faculty:

G. Michael Payton
Executive Director
Ohio Civil Rights Commission

Lori A. Anthony
Chief Civil Rights Section,
Ohio Attorney General's Office

Sharon Davies
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at OSU

Other distinguished presenters:

James Alexander, Jr., Esq., Carolyn Watts Allen, Esq., The Rev. E. T. Caviness, Rev. Richard Gibson, Esq., Terry Gilbert, Esq., Judge Emanuella Groves, Stephanie Hall, Esq., Ayesha Hardaway, Esq., James Hardiman, Esq., Gerald Jackson, Esq., Almeta Johnson, The Honorable Peter Lawson Jones, Lawrence Mays, Esq., Marcia McCoy, Judge Charles L. Patton, Jr., Judge Pauline Tarver, and Sheila Wright.

50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act:
Has America moved beyond race?

The popular and provocative NSMBA "Pursuing Full Rights of Citizenship" CLE series continues with the seminar, "50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Has America Moved Beyond Race?" The program will open with a historical perspective of events that led to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and, subsequently, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. NSMBA's exceptional faculty will examine how these laws impacted America's culture, raised racial consciousness and transformed the country.

Historical context for the Acts from the Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras will be given. The civil rights advances achieved, as well as the impediments to effective implementation of the Acts, will be reviewed in detail. A panel of prominent attorneys with decades of experience litigating discrimination lawsuits will discuss significant cases that sought relief under the Acts for violations by law enforcement, the state and private parties.

An examination of the roots and causes of racial discrimination will be presented. Current trends and issues affecting Section 1983 enforcement will be explored.

Harris vs. Canton, a Section 1983 Supreme Court case that impacted police training procedures, will be dissected and discussed by a Harris family member. A presentation on the specifics of proper police training for compliance with 1983 requirements and questionable police actions within the context of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and Columbus, Ohio will be given.

Finally, a panel of legal leaders and community activists will discuss the future of Civil Rights laws and whether current protections and remedies are adequate in light of cultural and demographic changes in the 21st century. They will share their experiences and how changes to the laws pose challenges with ensuring compliance.

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Registration Fees

CLE Fees (includes box lunch):
Members and Govt. Employees $185.00
Non-Members $210.00
Non-Lawyers $50.00
Students $10.00
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