Martha Minow, the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard Law School and former member of the America Bar Foundation (ABF) Board of Directors, will be the Keynote Speaker during the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) 65th Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Minow has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981 and served as the inaugural Morgan and Helen Chu Dean from 2009-2017. She served on the ABF Board of Directors from 1984-1994. Minow is an expert in human rights, constitutional law, and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities. She also writes and teaches about media policy, privatization, technology and ethics, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict.
“We are truly privileged to have a distinguished legal scholar like Martha delivering the keynote address for the 65th ABF Fellows Awards Banquet,” said Honorable Eileen A. Kato (Ret.), National Chair of the ABF Fellows and Patron Fellow. “With her recent scholarship on law and forgiveness, Martha brings a wealth of insight that is of enormous significance, especially during this time.”
From 1999-2003, Minow served as a research chair helping to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. She also worked with the federal Department of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology to increase access to the curriculum for students with disabilities.
Minow is the author of many scholarly articles and books, including Saving the News (Forthcoming); When Should Law Forgive? (2019); In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Constitutional Landmark (2010); Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (1998); and Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (1990).
Prior to teaching at Harvard, Minow clerked for Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Thurgood Marshall, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Today, Minow serves on various boards, including the Advantage Testing Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the SCE Foundation, public broadcaster WGBH, and the Council for the American Bar Association Center for Innovation.
About the American Bar Foundation
The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is the world’s leading research institute for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. The ABF seeks to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. To further this mission the ABF will produce timely, cutting-edge research of the highest quality to inform and guide the legal profession, the academy, and society in the United States and internationally. The ABF’s primary funding is provided by the American Bar Endowment and the Fellows of The American Bar Foundation.