Social Issues & Civil Rights

Addressing social issues and protecting the rights and interests of protected classes.

The City Bar is dedicated to addressing unmet legal needs, especially the needs of traditionally disadvantaged groups and individuals. We work to mobilize the legal profession to engage in activities that promote social justice, human rights, and democratic values and principles. Our committees address a wide range of social and civil rights issues in their policy work – including animal law, social welfare, consumer protections, gender issues, education and the rights of protected classes.

Our Criminal Justice, Community Relations and Civil Rights section addresses the intersection of criminal justice reform and civil rights.  The City Bar has worked to connect these two areas of law in order to address inequities and disparate impacts in the criminal justice system and the consequences for minority communities.  This dedicated section highlights our efforts to issue reports, conduct programs, advocate legislation and otherwise work toward achieving a fair and responsive criminal justice system. 

To explore our work in connection with this issue - including related reports, committees, news and more - click on the links on the lower left of this page under "Overview."