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‘Structural Racism 101’ topic of Aug. 24 program

Wayne State University Law School Prof. Peter Hammer will be the featured speaker at an August 24 program offered by the Detroit Bar Association.

The online event will begin at 4 p.m. and is titled “Structural Racism 101: Basic Training for Lawyers.” Hammer will help attendees understand the dynamics of structural racism as an evolving dialectic between belief systems and institutions that have mutated in form from slavery, to Jim Crow segregation, to the forms of spatial-structural racism that define Southeast Michigan.

“This presentation will define and distinguish the many forms of racism that we confront: express racism, structural racism, spatial racism and forms of implicit bias,” said a spokesperson for the DBA.

Hammer has taught at Wayne Law since 2003.  He teaches “Race, Law and Social Change in Southeast Michigan" and "Re-Imagining Development in Detroit: Institutions, Law & Society."  Hammer is also the director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law. The Keith Center is dedicated to promoting the educational, economic and political empowerment of under-represented communities in urban areas and to ensuring that the phrase "equal justice under law" applies to all members of society.

To register, visit detroitlawyer.org.


ABA launches new COVID-19 website to assist lawyers

The American Bar Association today announced the launch of the Practice Forward website, which will serve as a clearinghouse of ABA-related information and resources to support and advance the practice of law and the judicial system amid potential long-term changes due to COVID-19.

“The ABA formed Practice Forward to get ahead of the changes that are occurring in the delivery of legal services when we finally emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said. “We are getting out front of the issues and rethinking what may or may not be essential in both the civil and criminal justice arenas. The website will disseminate ABA resources — seminars, publications, best practices and more — as well as information from partners in state, local and specialty bar associations to help determine how the legal workplace will function and optimize client service.”

The website, which can be accessed at ambar.org/practiceforward, is part of the work of the Coordinating Group on Practice Forward, which was created to leverage the power of the entire ABA by coordinating pandemic-responsive resources throughout the association. The tools, information and thought leadership offered address topics such as law practice management, the practice of law and professional development.


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