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Racial Justice Advocacy Workshop: Vincent Warren, Executive Director, CCR

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Tuesday, November 28th
A Discussion with Vincent Warren, Executive Director, the Center for Constitutional Rights
Racial Justice Advocacy Workshop
Columbia Law School - Jerome Greene Hall - Room 701
4:20 pm

Litigation and legal advocacy play a critical role in movements for racial justice. Across a range of cutting-edge issues, legal advocates work closely with movement leaders to mobilize litigation as one of the tactics deployed to combat structural racism.

The Racial Justice Advocacy Workshop brings leading advocates working on racial justice related to the topics listed above to speak at the law school every other week during the semester. These sessions offer students the opportunity to discuss with civil rights advocates the role of law in larger social movements, the notion of “success without victory”, the relationship of litigation to strategies based in the Freedom of Information Act, community organizing, legislative hearings, media campaigns, and direct action.

The Racial Justice Advocacy Workshop is honored to engage Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights as a guest speaker in the workshop. A short biography for Vincent Warren may be found below.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

If you require any disability services to facilitate your attendance and participation in this program, please contact Liz Boylan at eboyla@law.columbia.edu.

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Biography: Vincent Warren (c/o: the Center for Constitutional Rights)

Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He oversees CCR's groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work, which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; challenging racial, gender, and LGBT injustice; combating abusive immigration policies and Muslim profiling; and stopping the illegal expansion of U.S. presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo and torture. Prior to his tenure at CCR, Vince was a national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, where he litigated civil rights cases, focusing on affirmative action, racial profiling, and criminal justice reform. Vince was also involved in monitoring South Africa's historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Haverford College and Rutgers School of Law.

Vince is a frequent guest on MSNBC and Democracy Now! and has appeared on Moyers & Company with Bill Moyers, CNN, and Fox News. His writing has been featured in the New York Times Room for Debate, the Guardian, on the Huffington Post, and on CNN.com, among other publications.

Vince is the recipient of many awards, including the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Civil Rights 2016 Haywood Burns Memorial Award; the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2015 Justice Award; the Rutgers Law School Alumni Association 2012 Fannie Baer Besser Award for Public Service; and the CUNY School of Law 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award. He gave the keynote speech at Yale Law School's 2015 Rebellious Lawyering Conference, and the 2013 Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Human Rights Lecture at Howard Law School.

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