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The Civil Rights Lawyer: Perspectives on the Profession - Part 2 of 4 Social Engineer
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.

- Gaylynn Burroughs – Senior Policy Counsel, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Dr. Gregory E. Carr (J.D., Ph.D) – Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Chair, Department of Afro-American Studies, Howard University
- Maritza Perez – Director of the Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
- Ajmel Quereshi – Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
- Choi T. Portis (Moderator) – Deputy General Counsel, City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department; Chair-Elect, ABA Young Lawyers Division

Feb 19, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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