Alliance for Justice presents "Civil Rights in the Balance: A Call to Action." This discussion features Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) with Nan Aron, President of Alliance for Justice, and Jamelle Bouie, Staff Writer for The American Prospect & Columnist for The Daily Beast.
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A leading voice in public interest law for over 30 years, Nan Aron is President of the Alliance for Justice, a national association of public interest and civil rights organizations. Nan, who founded the Alliance in 1979, guides the organization in its mission to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's influence on national policy and foster the next generation of advocates.
In 1985, Nan founded the Alliance's Judicial Selection Project, now the country's premier voice for a fair and independent judiciary and a major player in the often-controversial judicial nominations process. Notable accomplishments include helping to defeat Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987; supporting the nomination of Roger Gregory, the first African American judge in the Fourth Circuit, in 2001; and organizing the effort that helped support ten Senate filibusters against President George W. Bush's most extreme judicial nominees.
Jamelle Bouie is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a Writing Fellow for The American Prospect magazine in Washington D.C. His speciality is US politics-with a focus on parties, elections and campaign finance-and his work has appeared at The Washington Independent, CNN.com, and Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog at the Atlantic, in addition to regular blogging and analysis at The Prospect. He is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, and lives in Washington D.C, though his heart remains in Charlottesville, VA.
As a graduate student in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, John Lewis was introduced to blown glass by professor Marvin Lipofsky. Lewis founded the first private hot glass studio in California and later received his MA in design in 1970. His early work in blown glass led to an interest in glass casting. With the help of an NEA grant, he built an experimental facility to explore the possibilities of cast glass. At his state-of-the-art casting studio in Oakland, CA, Lewis designs and produces cast glass sculpture, tables, vessels and site specific architectural projects. He has completed numerous commissions for private and corporate clients and is represented in galleries internationally.
Brian Schwalb, Venable's Vice Chairman, is a trial lawyer and civil litigator who helps clients address a broad range of challenging issues that confront businesses, organizations and their stakeholders.
Mr. Schwalb represents clients across a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from real estate, commercial and contract litigation, to corporate and partnership ownership, governance and management disputes, business tort cases, partnership and limited liability company disputes, employment and compensation disputes, estate and trust contests, and tax controversies.
Mr. Schwalb's trial work and advocacy skills have been recognized by prestigious organizations and publications. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to the top one percent of trial lawyers in each U.S. jurisdiction. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Mr. Schwalb was listed in Best Lawyers in Washington, DC for Commercial Litigation and Bet The Company Litigation, and he was also selected to appear in District of Columbia Super Lawyers. Mr. Schwalb has received Martindale Hubbell's AV Preeminent rating.
While he has been recognized as one of the nation's top trial lawyers, Mr. Schwalb's practice extends far beyond the courtroom, with a focus on providing advice that allows his clients to avoid, respond to and/or resolve issues sensibly and efficiently. In all cases, he applies sound business judgment and a collaborative approach to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to his clients' most difficult challenges.
After a two-year judicial clerkship with the late Hon. John R. Hargrove, Sr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Mr. Schwalb served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, prosecuting and defending civil tax matters on behalf of the United States in courts throughout the Southeast.
Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis discusses using creative methods such as the 1956 Martin Luther King Jr. comic and his recently released comic, March to teach the youth about the Civil Rights movement.