The Thurgood Marshall Bar Association is a multi-cultural bar association committed to diversity, professional improvement, and the advancement of justice through positive community involvement and excellence in the practice of law.
Thurgood Marshall served as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1967 until 1991. As a lawyer, Thurgood Marshall is perhaps best known for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education. Mr. Marshall convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to vote unanimously that segregation in public schools on the basis of race is “inherently unequal.”
While we live in the best country on earth, there is still much to be done to fulfill the promise of America’s founding fathers that all are created equal with unalienable rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” For example, according to a 2014 report by The Hamilton Project, the United States spent over $80 billion on corrections expenditures in 2010. The report found that the elevated rates of crime and incarceration in the United States undermine economic growth, devastate affected communities (often those with low-income residents), and perpetuate inequality. The report notes that total corrections expenditures more than quadrupled over the past twenty years from approximately $17 billion in 1980 to more than $80 billion in 2010. Yet, federal, state, and local governments continue to pursue these same failed policies that perpetuate inequality and undermine economic growth.
On November 1, 2016, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association will partner with the Orange County Bar Association to bring you an insightful conversation with Richard Rothstein and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on the major causes of residential segregation and the broader implications for America. No matter your race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or similar characteristics, the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association is for you. Please consider becoming a member. For more information, visit our website at www.thurgoodmarshallbarassociation.org.