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, Police Reform and Civil Rights section addresses the intersection of criminal laws, policing and racial justice, and contains information regarding City Bar reports and programming on those subjects.

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.”

Related Resources


Policy Department Resources

Guide to Use of Service Animals in NY State
A Guide to the Use of Service Animals in New York State

Of Interest

Criminal Justice, Community Relations and Civil Rights section – addressing the intersection of criminal justice reform and civil rights.

Marijuana Legalization & Regulation resource page

U.S. Presidential Transition