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Taking Violent White Supremacy to Court: The Charlottesville Case (NEW) *Class by Webinar*

August 6, 2020
Credits: 1.5 Credit Hours (Note: This class may qualify for diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias credit in those jurisdictions having such a requirement)

Description: Integrity First for America (IFA), in partnership with a world-class legal team, has brought a unique case against those individuals and hate groups who orchestrated the “Unite the Right” violence in Charlottesville, VA in 2017.  This federal lawsuit, Sines v. Kessler, is the only current legal effort to take on the broad leadership of this movement and hold them accountable for the havoc they wreaked.
The lawsuit – scheduled to go to trial this October in the Western District of Virginia (Charlottesville) – details how these extremists conspired in advance via online chats to commit violence, down to discussions of which weapons to carry and whether they could hit people with cars.  The plaintiffs are ten Charlottesville community members who were injured; and the defendants are two dozen neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for planning and carrying out the violence.
The defendants are also at the center of this larger extremist movement. For example, we know that the Pittsburgh shooter communicated on Gab with the Charlottesville leaders, before killing 11 at Tree of Life in 2018; another defendant, white supremacist group, Identity Evropa, recently posed as “antifa” to try to sow violence during racial justice protests.
By taking on these individuals and groups—and financially crippling them through large civil judgments – this case can have a major impact on the movement’s ability to operate.  It can also establish a clear legal precedent that exposes – and holds accountable – this movement for the violent racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and other forms of hate it promotes and organizes; and create a deterrent for other extremists.
Faculty: Michael L. Bloch, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP; Karen L. Dunn, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Roberta A. Kaplan, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP; Jessica Phillips, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP; and Amy Spitalnick, Integrity First for America (IFA)
Co-sponsors: American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists; The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law; Integrity First for America; Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Fees: $39 Co-sponsoring Organization Members; $49 D.C. Bar Community Members; $59 D.C. Bar Members; $79 Government and Non-profit Attorneys; $89 Others
The D.C. Bar CLE Program now offers discounted group registration rates!  For more information, contact the CLE Office at CLE@dcbar.org or 202-626-3488.

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Amy Spitalnick, Integrity First for America (IFA)

Michael Bloch, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP


Karen Dunn, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Roberta Kaplan, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

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