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ACTEC Releases Video Focused on Civil Rights Cases Decided by the Supreme Court


Contact: Rebecca Vandall

Washington, DC – July 12, 2022: The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) today released its video, Landmark Civil Rights Cases Decided by the Supreme Court, to provide a history of critical civil rights cases in the United States and an overview of their importance. The video is the College’s 20th in its monthly informational series Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future, which is a project of ACTEC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee, funded by The ACTEC Foundation.

ACTEC Fellow Sandra J. Chan leads a conversation with Professor Christopher W. Schmidt, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States at Chicago-Kent College of Law, about America’s long and continuing march to equality through the lens of critical Supreme Court cases. Professor Schmidt provides a crucial look at groundbreaking civil rights cases which embrace issues of discrimination and inequality, and in some instances were reversed in later judgments.

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About The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national, nonprofit association of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected on the basis of professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration, and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust and tax laws and procedures, and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.

About The ACTEC Foundation:  The ACTEC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel or ACTEC. The Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) that offers education to families and professionals and supports students interested in the trust and estate area of the law. Through continued financial support, The ACTEC Foundation offers professional development, scholarships and education for a number of important efforts, including legal education, educational support, public initiatives, legal publications and the student editorial board.

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