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Civil Rights Litigation Committee



Our core mission is to deliver practice-relevant information to the community of lawyers who represent plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits implicating civil rights. Through a combination of programming, website materials, newsletters, periodic emails, and the work of our subcommittees, we strive to engage our members and enhance the quality of representation of individuals and institutions in litigation over the most fundamental protections that our federal and state laws afford. We also work to foster a collegial atmosphere among all members of the civil-rights litigation bar, both to coordinate efforts among lawyers who have common goals and to encourage healthy dialogue between the plaintiff and defense bars.


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Civil Right to Counsel Video

Learn more about the latest developments on the civil right to counsel movement and how you can get involved. Watch now.

Seeking Contributors and Subcommittee Chairs

The Civil Rights Litigation Committee is seeking authors and editors for its website. The Committee is also seeking members to serve as subcommittee chairs. Anyone interested in contributing or heading up one of our subcommittees should contact D. Grayson Yeargin.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to our committee! As we continue our development as a committee, we are focusing on continuing to deliver timely and useful practice tips and articles covering a broad variety of topics in the area of civil rights litigation. We are also pushing to increase our membership, to strengthen the connections between our members, and to assist our members in carving out opportunities to practice in this area.

Our substantive focus this year will be on changes to civil rights in employment, religious liberties, individual rights in police enforcement circumstances, and the prison system. We are kicking this off with a virtual symposium featuring several pieces on changes involving employees and employers, with a particular focus on those changes the government is imposing on government contractors. These changes often trickle out into the broader workplace and can be a signal of things to come. We also are presenting a program at the upcoming Section Annual Conference focused on the balance of individual rights and the need for security and an effective police force. Also this year, we will be organizing events exploring religious liberties and problems inherent in the prison system.

We are also pleased to roll out an emphasis this year on how to practice in the civil rights field. You will see several pieces exploring how an attorney can build civil rights into their practice or even build a practice that focuses on civil rights litigation! We plan to present advice and information regarding how young attorneys can seek out jobs with public interest groups, how law firms can collaborate with public-interest organizations, and how attorneys can seek out and develop mentoring relationships in the field.

It looks to be an exciting year for our committee and we are thrilled to have you as a part of it. As always, contact us if you are interested in helping out in any way—we always have room for more! 

D. Grayson Yeargin

J. Dalton Courson

Cochairs, Civil Rights Litigation Committee


The Civil Rights Litigation Committee is currently looking for members to serve as chairs of our subcommittees. If one of these subcommittees interests you—or if you would like us to add a new subcommittee—please contact D. Grayson Yeargin. Our active subcommittees and subcommittee chairs are listed below.

Administrative Subcommittees

  • Membership
  • Newsletter & Member Communications
  • Programming
  • Website

Substantive Subcommittees

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Economic Justice
  • Employment
  • First Amendment
  • Gender Identity Discrimination
  • LGBT Discrimination
  • Race/National Origin/Language Discrimination
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Rights of Low-Income Individuals/Economic Justice
  • Second Amendment
  • Section 1981
  • Section 1983

Civil Rights Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Content Editors

D. Grayson Yeargin

Washington, D.C.

J. Dalton Courson

New Orleans, LA

Dorian Slaybod

Toledo, OH

Brandon Robb

New Orleans, LA