Civil Rights

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The Civil Rights Section works to preserve constitutional rights and vindicate the rights of individuals whose civil rights have been violated. Practice areas include police misconduct cases of all kinds, including excessive force and false arrest cases; malicious prosecution cases; antibullying cases; First Amendment retaliation cases; cases involving the right to freely associate; political oppression cases; state-created danger cases; prisoners’ rights cases; and all cases involving governmental oppression.

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Section members, visit AAJ's Community Center to connect with your colleagues, search discussion archives, download documents, read the latest blog posts, update your list server settings, and more. Section Member Login

Section Leadership

  • Chair: Florence J. Murray | Murray & Murray Co., LPA, Sandusky, OH
  • Chair-Elect: Bob Dicello | DiCello Levitt Gutzler, LLC, Mentor, OH
  • Vice Chair: Christopher Vincent Langone | Langone Batson, Chicago, IL
  • Treasurer: Jonathan Eric Halperin | Halperin Law Center, LLC, Glen Allen, VA
  • Secretary: Matt Eichelberger | Eichelberger Law Firm, PLLC, Jackson, MS
  • Online Content Editor: Daniel Purtell | McEldrew Young, Philadelphia, PA
  • Immediate Past Chair: Seth Carroll | Commonwealth Law Group, Richmond, VA

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About AAJ's Sections

The American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), has 18 Sections that connect you to groups of leading practitioners and provide you with cutting-edge strategies, proven trial techniques, numerous networking opportunities, and the tools necessary to successfully litigate your cases in order to achieve a full recovery of damages for your clients.

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Section membership is open to all membership categories and Paralegal Affiliates. Certain benefits in membership categories other than Regular, Life, Sustaining, and President's Club may be restricted. In particular, access to the Section e-mail list servers are limited to Regular, Life, Sustaining, and President's Club Members, and sponsored Law Professors and Paralegal Affiliates. The online document libraries are limited to Regular, Life, Sustaining, and President's Club Members. List server participants and access to a Section's document library requires membership in that specific Section.