Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter Celebrates Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary - June 5, 2014

The New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is presenting a panel discussion reviewing the historic content of the Civil Rights Act and the Criminal Justice Act.  On June 5, 2014 from 9:00 am - 12:15 pm at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 500 Poydras Street (Fifth Floor) New Orleans, a panel of esteemed professors, attorneys, and authors will discuss the law, where we are today and the future of the two Acts. 

Registration for FBA Members is $35 and Non-members is $50; $25 for Federal Law Clerks/Staff & Agency Attorneys and CJA Panel Attorneys; Free for FBA Student Members; and $10 for all other students and attendees not seeking CLE credit.

Panelists include:

Dr. Raphael Cassimere, Jr., a Civil Rights Leader and Professor Emeritus of History, at the University of New Orleans.  His advocacy for voting rights led to the landmark 1991 Supreme Court decision, Chisom v. Roemer, which extended voting rights to judicial elections.

Professor Paul Finkelman, Professor of Law, Albany Law School and author of the soon to be published law review article entitled "The Long Road to Dignity: The Wrong of Segregation and What The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Had to Change."

Honorable Gustavo Gelpi, US District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico and President of the Federal Bar Association.

Mary Howell, a renowned plaintiffs' civil rights attorney in New Orleans who has represented many victims of civil rights violations and hate crimes.  Ms. Howell has received awards and recognitions from a number of civil rights organizations.

Robert Mann,  Professor of Journalism, Manship Chair, Manship School of Mass Communication and Author of "The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights," among other historical books.  

For more information, contact the New Orleans Chapter at

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600