The New York
State Bar Association Committee on Civil Rights
“The heart of the
question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and
equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans
as we want to be treated.” -- President John F.
Congratulations to 2013 Haywood Burns Award
Recipient Howard Glickstein,
(left) Diana Sen, Chair of the Committee on Civil Rights
(center) Howard Glickstein, Dean Emeritus of Touro Law Center
(right) Seymour W. James, Jr., President, New York State Bar
Admitted to the
bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court,
Professor Glickstein was an associate with the New York law firm of
Proskauer, Rose, Goetz and Mendelsohn. He served for a number of years
as a staff attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights
Division, Appeals and Research Section, where he helped draft the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was also
general counsel of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and later staff
director, before entering the academic world.
After holding faculty and administrative posts at Notre Dame Law
School, Howard University School of Law, and the University of
Bridgeport School of Law, Professor Glickstein came to Touro Law Center
in 1986 and served as dean until June 2004. He is a past president of
the Society of American Law Teachers.
The Committee on Civil Rights is honored to bestow the 2013 Haywood
Burns Award to Howard Glickstein.
Committee Report to the New York State Bar
Association House of Delegates on the Use of
Solitary Confinement in New York State
On January 25, 2013, committee
members Diana Sen and Karen Murtagh presented the committee's report on
solitary confinement to the House of Delegates, which almost unanimously
approved the report and resolution. View the report.
Welcome to the home page of the
Committee on Civil Rights for the New York State Bar Association.
The term "civil rights" means many different things to many
people. To some, the term evokes the epic struggle of the latter
half of the 20th century for racial and gender equality, a struggle
which still continues today. To others, it calls to mind the right
of the individual to be free from arbitrary Government restraint on
one's liberty and the exercise of freedoms held dear, such as the
freedom of speech, assembly and religion. Still others see "civil
rights" as covering the rights chiseled into local, state and federal
laws preventing discrimination in housing, in school and at the work
place. “Civil rights” fall under a broad umbrella of
due process and equal protection guarantees found in our Constitution
and laws. The understanding of a "civil right" has evolved and
continues to evolve with the forward progress of our national
conversation in the American experiment.
The Committee on Civil Rights was founded in 1952 and over the years
has worked on a broad range of issues affecting the public and legal
profession in New York. Most recently, the Committee has been
active on issues of privacy and national security, Executive Detention
and due process, the rights of immigrants, and marriage equality.
The Committee’s participation on these various fronts takes many
forms, from sponsoring programs to spark informed debate, to authoring
encyclopedic reports on signal issues of the day, to honoring those who
have done the most in our community to bend the long arc of history
toward justice. If you want to learn more about the Committee's
work in general, please click on the tabs on the left of this web
page. If you would like to learn more about the Committee's work
on habeas corpus and Guantanamo in particular, access the
Committee’s blog Guantanamo and
Beyond: A Blog on Executive Detention, National Security and Due
Thank you for visiting the Committee’s website and we hope that
you find it informative and maybe even a little inspirational.
Check back often for informative updates to the website and timely blog
Diana Sagorika Sen
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, ONE ELK STREET, ALBANY, NY 12207 PH: (518) 463-3200 SECURE FX: (518) 463-5993