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Many of the twists and turns of this new Trump Administration involve complex legal decisions that are politically charged as they fire through the walls of the White House and Capital Hill. When the Travel Ban was announced, severely limiting the entrance of all refugees and those entering the United States from seven Muslim countries, the nation pushed back and cried foul. And earlier this week thousands hung on every word of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as they conducted a conference call determining the merit of Trump’s Travel Ban.
Today Washington-based veteran Attorney Elliott Hall will walk us through the appeals process so that we can better understand why this immigration issue has torn our country apart. We’ll also learn more about the legal issues facing the administration as they close in on their first month of governing a nation taking sides on every decision made by Donald Trump.
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Attorney Elliott. S. Hall handles a wide-range of legal issues from litigation to corporate, real estate and employment matters. He is the Chair the Board of a Community Bank in Wash. DC and Vice-Chair of the Board of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Attorney Hall.served as a Partner at Dykema Gossett, Washington, D.C., from 2002 to 2011. Mr. Hall served as Vice President of Dealer Development of Ford Motor Company until January 1, 2002 and was responsible for expansion of its Minority and Woman Dealer Network.
He joined Ford Motor Company in June 1987 and directed its Washington Office, as Vice President of Washington Affairs for eleven years and advocated a wide range of automotive, regulatory and legislative issues.
He served as the Chairman of Independence Federal Savings Bank since August 20, 2006 and served as its Director since 2002. Mr. Hall serves as a Director of Independence Financial Corporation ("IFC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Independence Federal Savings Bank.
He served as Director of National Rehabilitation Hospital. Mr. Hall held a series of positions in the Detroit legal community, including Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Wayne County, Law Director for the City of Detroit and a private practice.
He served as President of the Detroit Bar Association and the Wolverine Bar Association. Mr. Hall served as President of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP. Mr. Hall serves as the Chairman of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He served as Chairman of the Board of Howard University Hospital and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. He serves as a Board Member of Georgetown University and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. He served as the Chairman of the Family Service of Detroit and Wayne County and for Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital.
He served as a Board Member for the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Mercy College of Detroit and Orchestra Hall. He served as Trustee of the Founder's Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. He served as a Board Member of Marymount College and Emergency Transitional Education Board of the District of Columbia. An avid supporter of the arts, Mr. Hall served as Chairman of the Washington Performing Arts Society and as a Board Member of the Shakespeare Theatre and the Wolf Trap Foundation.
He also served as a Trustee of the Washington Opera, WETA-FM and WETA-TV and the United States Capital Historical Society. As a community advocate, he served as Vice President of the Economic Club of Washington, Vice President of the Federal City Council, Treasurer of the Children's Charities Foundation and as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Kennedy Institute.
He received Human Relations Institute Civic Achievement Award from American Jewish Committee, Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University Law School, the President's Award from the National Bar Association and the President's Award from the Wolverine Bar Association. Mr. Hall received a Bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor Degree from Wayne State University.
Elliott is the father of three children and four grandchildren. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Washington, DC.
Resources and Organizations For Civic Engagement
The Indivisible Guide: www.indivisibleguide.com
The guide, which began as a Google doc last month and whose full title is Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, outlines a step-by-step process of grassroots organizing and advocacy targeting Members of Congress (MoCs), from coordinated calls to sit-ins and photo op disruption.
ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union: www.aclu.org
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan, non-profit, organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." It works through litigation, lobbying, and community empowerment.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: www.naacpldf.org
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (NAACP LDF, the Inc. Fund, or LDF) is a leading United States civil rights organization and law firm based in New York City.
The organization can trace its origins to the legal department of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that was created by Charles Hamilton Houston in the 1930s. However, in 1940, Thurgood Marshall established LDF as a separate legal entity and, in 1957, the organization became totally independent of the NAACP.
While primarily focused on the civil rights of African Americans in the U.S., LDF states it has "been instrumental in the formation of similar organizations that have replicated its organizational model in order to promote equality for Asian-Americans, Latinos, and women in the United States." LDF has also been involved in "the campaign for human rights throughout the world, including in South Africa, Canada, Brazil, and elsewhere."
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