Civil Rights: New Issues and Perspectives

A panel will explore the state of civil rights laws in Washington Friday, Jan 20, at Seattle University School of Law. “Civil Rights: New Issues and Perspectives in the 21st Century” will run from 1:30-5 p.m. in Room C6 of Sullivan Hall, 901 12th Avenue in Seattle.

Civil rights activist and attorney Rita Bender, whose husband, Michael Schwerner, was a civil rights worker slain in Mississippi in 1964, will be the keynote speaker. She has continued to fight for equality between blacks and whites.

State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and attorney Moni Law will discuss state and federal civil rights law, and State Rep. Ed Murray and attorney Jamie Pederson will address gay and lesbian rights cases, including same-sex marriage and parenting cases that have been heard by the State Supreme Court.

Professor Hank McGee of Seattle University School of Law will review the history and current status of civil rights.

Other topics include voting rights restoration and environmental justice.

The program is open to the public. Registration is $35. Attorneys may earn 3.5 continuing legal education credits for attending.

For more information, contact Washington Women Lawyers at

Seattle Municipal Court