Continuing Legal Education
Posted on July 09, 2012 by Kim Keenan, NAACP General Counsel
The NAACP Legal Department launched its Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars as a part of the 2012 NAACP Convention in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The two-day program will cover numerous cutting-edge topics ranging from voting and redistricting to environmental and economic justice.
In my greeting at the start of the meeting, I set the goal for every participant to leave with a tool box that will allow them to be better advocates in our communities. Our program focuses on legal aspects of our strategic game-changers in voting, education, criminal justice, economic justice, and health disparities. It was clear from our legislative update that we must be vigilant because there are those who would increase mandatory minimums in criminal sentencing; restrict voting rights; and fund prisons over education.
Join us today, when we will focus on health disparities, mass incarceration of African Americans, economic justice, and “deep dive” on voting rights; combating voter suppression efforts and the mechanics of obtaining injunctive relief on Election Day. Our discussions today included lawyers, Branch Presidents and Legal Redress Chairs, as well as observers.
Law is at the foundation of our way of life. Freedom is a privilege. Our history requires that we stay on the front line of ensuring that justice is truly just for all.
Remember, we are yours in the struggle for justice.