Barbara R. Arnwine

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Barbara R. Arnwine, "executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law since 1989, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion civil rights issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing, fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice. A prominent leader in the civil rights community, Ms. Arnwine also continues to fight for the preservation of affirmative action and diversity programs.

"In Addition to Ms. Arnwine's instrumental work leading to the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act, she has served in numerous other well-renowned capacities. In 1995, she Arnwine served as the national convener of the National Conference on African American Women and the Law held in Washington, D.C. which was attended by over 1,000 persons and subsequently led a delegation to the United Nations NGO Forum and Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Ms. Arnwine's efforts there contributed to a United Nations Platform for Action that provides protection for women who confront multiple forms of discrimination.

"In 2000, she convened the third national conference of African American Women in the Law in Washington, D.C. Some 250 participants in fifteen workshops provided input into the preparation of a Report and Action Agenda for advocacy before the UN General Assembly Special Session on Women.

"In 2001, she represented African descendants from the Americas in helping to draft provisions of the program for action of the UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia (WCAR) and related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa.

"In 2004 and 2008, Ms. Arnwine was a prominent leader of the nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition. To date, the coalition has organized over 37,000 volunteers, including over 20,000 legal volunteers, throughout the nation to staff the 1-866- OUR-VOTE nationwide hotline and serve as mobile legal volunteers at targeted polling places in 32 states. Under her leadership, Election Protection continues to thrive today, assisting hundreds of thousands of voters, many of whom are historically disenfranchised, to exercise the fundamental right to vote.

"Ms. Arnwine has received countless national, regional and local awards, including the Keeper of the Flame Award from the Boston Lawyers' Committee in 2009. In 2008, she was selected as a prestigious Rockwood Institute Leadership Fellow. Ms. Arnwine is also the recipient of the National Bar Association's Equal Justice Award and the C. Francis Stradford Award in 2007, the highest honor bestowed by that organization. In 2002, Ms. Arnwine received the Charlotte E. Ray Award from the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association.

"A frequent conference orator, she has penned numerous articles and is regularly quoted by and featured with media outlets such as the New York Times, NBC Network News, U.S. News & World Report, McClatchy Newspapers, Sirius Satellite Radio, the Michael Baisden Show, BET, TV One and other major national media including African American newspapers, magazines, radio stations and Web sites." [1]

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  1. Barbara R. Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, accessed July 22, 2009.
  2. Advisory Board, DLA Piper, accessed December 19, 2010.