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Dean Veryl Miles Appointed to ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

 

Catholic University law school Dean Veryl Miles has accepted a one-year appointment to serve as a member of the American Bar Association’s Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice.
 
Her term will officially begin following the ABA’s annual meeting, held this year in Chicago Aug. 2–Aug. 7.
 
The Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice is comprised of eleven members appointed by the ABA president and is committed to eliminate racial and ethnic bias in the justice system by educating and involving lawyers and their bar associations.

The coalition also engages lawyers and their bar associations in programs designed to eliminate racial and ethnic bias in their communities.
 

 
Formed by the ABA in 1994, the coalition began as the 1992 Presidential Task Force on Minorities in the Justice System that was created in the aftermath of the Rodney King disturbances.
 
The task force, which later became the Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, urged the creation of partnerships among community groups, civil rights organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and bar associations for the purpose of eliminating racial and ethnic bias in the justice system. Its primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for eliminating racial and ethnic bias in the justice system with a focus on systemic change.
 
Over the past 12 years, the Coalition has focused on a number of substantive  issues such as racial profiling, access to the justice system, overrepresentation of juveniles of color, indigent defense, racial profiling and the war on terrorism, voting disenfranchisement and the impact of technology, election protection, injustices and discrimination in Tulia, Texas, and the impact of Katrina on the impoverished.