United States Laws that Have Impeded the Progress of Black Americans

United States Laws that Have Impeded the Progress of Black Americans


60 minutes of instruction.

1.2 WV MCLE Credits, including 1.2 Elimination of Bias MCLE subtopic credits.

1.0 PA, OH, and VA MCLE Credits, including 1.0 Ethics.

Many believe that segregation sanctioned by law against Black Americans ended with the Constitutional Amendments following the Civil War, the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education, or, in the end, the laws passed in or around the 1968 chapter of the ongoing Civil Rights Movement.  Those laws rearranged the deck, but many of the same cards remained in play.  This presentation helps the audience know and understand the actual and official laws that governing bodies from Congress to town councils have passed for the purpose of suppressing and retarding any progress by Black Americans.


Elliot Hicks (WVU Law ’81), Hicks Resolutions, is a distinguished practitioner who has taken more than 100 civil jury trials to verdict in state circuit courts and federal district courts, as well as numerous bench trials in circuit and magistrate courts. Now focusing on alternative resolution with Hicks Resolutions, he has mediated cases in all of West Virginia and parts of western Virginia, presented lectures on mediation tactics and ethics, trial tactics and legal ethics throughout West Virginia and in several seminars outside of the state before a national audience and appeared as a regular panelist 26 times on The Law Works West Virginia Public Television show on legal issues of interest to the public.