1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Registration Clay Hall Lobby (in front of Caplin Pavilion)
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.:Panels – Concurrent Sessions Responding to Gun Violence | WB102 The U.S. has the highest gun-related death rate of its peer nations and has higher levels of gun ownership than any other country in the world. Gun violence in the U.S. is an enduring and complex societal issue that requires a powerful and multi-dimensional solution. This panel will highlight three attorneys, whose work exemplifies creative lawyering by tackling gun violence from three unique approaches.
Tess Fardon '18, Attorney, Brady Center
Josh Horwitz, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Mike McLively '09, Senior Staff Attorney, Urban Gun Violence Initiative Director, Giffords Law Center
Moderator: Anne M. Coughlin, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Sponsored by the Domestic Violence Project and Child Advocacy Research & Education Protecting Immigrants’ Rights | WB101 Immigration has been a “hot topic” for many years, but it has recently become one of the most debated issues in the United States. Conversations revolving immigration often focus on keeping individuals out of the county or letting them in, rather than on what needs to be done to take care of the immigrants that are already here. This panel features lawyers in various stages of their careers, from seasoned professors to current students, who are dedicated to promoting and protecting immigrants’ rights through creative solutions.
Jennifer Kwon, Attorney, Legal Aid Justice Center, Immigrant Advocacy Program
Akash Patel, University of Michigan Law School Class of 2019
Cory Sagduyu '18, Skadden Legal Fellow, Ayuda
Moderator: Barbara E. Armacost, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Sponsored by the Latin American Law Organization, the Migrant Farmworkers Project, and the National Lawyers Guild, UVA Chapter
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Panels – Concurrent Sessions
Alternatives to Incarceration | WB101 This panel features lawyers and other professionals who are using creative solutions to solve issues associated with mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. The United States incarcerates the most people, and the highest rate of its population of any country in the world. As judges, prosecutors, policy makers, and criminal defense attorneys, lawyers play an important role in shaping the criminal justice system, as well as imagining other, more effective and efficient ways to deal with crime and the people who commit them.
Jeannie Alexander, Director, No Exceptions Prison Collective
Herb Dickerson, Outreach Coordinator and Shift Supervisor, The Haven
Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. '76, Charlottesville General District Court
Angel Harris, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Moderator: Jennifer L. Givens, Associate Professor of Law, General Faculty; Legal Director of the Innocence Project Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law
Sponsored by the Virginia Law in Prison Project Curing the Opioid Epidemic | WB102 This panel brings together legal scholars and practitioners in an effort to better understand the opioid crisis that has infected so much our country. The panel will focus on two core questions: What or who is the root cause of this epidemic and how can legal practitioners play a role in finding a cure?
Denise Bonds, MD, MPH, Director, Thomas Jefferson Health District, Virginia Department of Health
Amanda Latimore, PhD, Bloomberg American Health Initiative Public Sector Initiatives Lead, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Andrew Miller, Senior Litigation Counsel, Sanford Heisler Sharp
Donald Wolthuis, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for Roanoke, Virginia
Moderator: Richard J. Bonnie '69, Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law; Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences; Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy; Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
Sponsored by the Health Law Association 5:30 p.m.: Keynote by Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney Introduction by Dean Risa Goluboff, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and Professor of History, University of Virginia School of Law Caplin Pavilion Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.:Panels – Concurrent Sessions Confronting Racism | WB101 The generational effects of institutionalized racism and structural violence are woven into the fabric of American civic life. They are not only barriers to achieving true liberation, but they are also reminders of the urgency with which we must move in order to actualize the underlying values of our democracy. This panel will feature professionals across a range of sectors who will discuss the multiple intervention points, within a larger movement of racial justice reform, that can be strategically and creatively utilized to confront and ultimately dismantle systemic racism. Themes will include prosecutorial accountability, activism, criminal justice reform, advocacy and civil rights litigation, and education. As we continue to fight for the rights of our most marginalized and vulnerable communities, the panel will act as a reminder of the importance in shaping the dialogue on race and that the existence of racism in all its forms, and complacency within it, prevents the advancement of all people.
Vinay Harpalani, Associate Professor of Law, Savannah Law School
Michael Herring '90, Commonwealth's Attorney of Richmond, Virginia
Meredith Horton '07, Associate Legal Director, Southern Poverty Law Center
Lisa Woolfork, Associate Professor of English, University of Virginia
Moderator: Trina Jones, Jerome M. Culp Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Sponsored by the Minority Rights Coalition and the Black Law Students Association Housing Justice in Charlottesville—Innovative Approaches for the Social and Natural Environment | WB104 It is no secret that there is an affordable housing crisis in Charlottesville. This panel will help shed light on innovative approaches that have been used—or can be used—to tackle the problem. In particular, the panel will focus on issues related to land use, transportation, and sustainable growth that pose barriers to housing justice in our community.
Morgan Butler '02, Senior Attorney and Leader of the Charlottesville, Albemarle Project, Virginia Office, Southern Environmental Law Center
Kathy Galvin, Councilor, City of Charlottesville
Elaine Poon, Managing Attorney, Charlottesville Office, Legal Aid Justice Center
Moderator: Richard Schragger, Perre Bowen Professor of Law, Joseph C. Carter, Jr. Research Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Trauma-Informed Care | WB105 Explore the legal rights of children in schools and the intersection with childhood trauma. Learn recommendations for responsible trauma-informed advocacy.
Mario Salas '14, Attorney, Legal Aid Justice Center, JustChildren
Sara Robinson, Counselor, Region Ten
Strategies in Nonprofit Litigation | WB121 In the first part of his presentation, Mr. Kerr will discuss the practical and strategic considerations that go into planning and conducting social impact litigation. That will be followed by an interactive issue-spotting exercise involving social justice issue investigations and the numerous legal factors at play, demonstrating the exciting challenges this diverse area of law practices entails.
Jeff Kerr '87, General Counsel, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 2018 Extraordinary Achievement Award Winner
Tools for Effective Legislative Advocacy| WB104 In this era of divisive politics, voters are hungry for concrete proposals to revive democracy and promote diverse, responsive representation. Ranked choice voting (also know as "instant runoff") is among the most ambitious and viable approaches to amplifying voters' voices at the ballot box. UVA professor Sally Hudson will discuss how ranked choice voting works, where it's used, why they love it, and how you can help bring it to a polling place near you.
Sally Hudson, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, University of Virginia Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch and Awards Ceremony With remarks by Dean Risa Goluboff, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and Professor of History, University of Virginia School of Law