Saturday, February 20, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Schedule
Conference Schedule 10-11:30 a.m. | WELCOME AND PLENARY PANEL Racial Justice: What Can Lawyers and Law Students Do to Support BIPoC? Co-Sponsored bytheBlack Law Students Association, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Latin American Law Organization
Kim Keenan, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington Law School
Rosia Parker, Organizer, Black Lives Matter, Charlottesville, VA
Emily Ponder Williams, Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice, Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) Harlem, Member of the New York City Bar Association's Mass Incarceration Task Force
Wyatt Rolla, Interim Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
Lisa Lorish, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Western District of Virginia, Director of the Federal Criminal Sentence Reduction Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law
Moderator: Thomas Frampton, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Protests this summer in response to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others prompted attorneys to think about their roles in the racial justice movement. This panel will explore the different actions law students and lawyers can take to support BIPoC by hearing from leaders actively working to combat racial injustice. It will include insight from practicing attorneys and activists in various fields from criminal justice, civil rights, private practice, and academia. How can law students get involved in these movements? What next steps should be taken in the world of criminal justice reform? How can students prepare to combat racial injustice, regardless of their chosen career path? How can lawyers work with local activists?
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | PANELS The Fight for Voting Rights and the 2020 Election Co-Sponsored bythe Journal of Law and Politics, Virginia Law Democrats, and Advocates for Disability Rights
Lisa Schur, Director, Program for Disability Research at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
Ryan Snow, Associate Counsel, Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Chris Bruce, Political Director, ACLU of Georgia
Alex Gulotta, Director, All Voting is Local Arizona
Moderator: Michael D. Gilbert, Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law, Director of Center for Public Law and Political Economy, University of Virginia School of Law
In reflection of the 2020 Election, we explore the current status of voting rights in the US. Voter suppression has historically been targeted against communities of color. Florida has required felons to pay off all court-ordered fines and fees prior to registering and voting, a law recently upheld by the Eleventh Circuit, and hundreds of thousands of otherwise-eligible voters are currently barred from voting because they are unable to pay. Georgia and Kentucky primaries revealed possible voter suppression in communities of color, where voters waited hours to vote. Also, we explore the debate around mail in ballots during COVID-19, as well as disability and voter access both generally and through the lens of the pandemic.
The Movement to Dismantle DHS: A Discussion Co-Sponsored bythe Immigration Law Society, National Lawyers Guild, American Constitution Society, and Virginia Law Prison Project
Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project
Karen J. Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security, Fordham University School of Law
Moderator: Kate Jackson, DeOlazarra Fellow, Program in Political Philosophy, Policy & Law, University of Virginia
Calls to dismantle ICE, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), gained attention when the agency began separating families at the border and putting young children in detention centers as part of the previous administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies. In 2020, criticism of DHS was renewed when Customs and Border Patrol officers were deployed against BLM protesters in Portland, Oregon. However, DHS, a department created in response to 9/11, and the agencies within it are no strangers to controversy. This panel will explore DHS’s 18 year history and the calls for its reform. It will consider the constitutional concerns that civil libertarians have with the agency and the challenges with giving one federal agency power over law enforcement, immigration, and counterterrorism. Has the agency’s structure led to its abuses? How can it be held accountable? What, if anything, should replace it? Can this movement be seen as federalist? What are the dangers of that lens?
1:15-2 p.m. Keynote Address by Terrica Redfield Ganzy
2:15-3:15 p.m. | PANELS Beyond Bostock: Sex Discrimination in the Workplace Co-Sponsored bythe Lambda Law Alliance and American Constitution Society
Russell Kornblith, Managing Partner, Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
Jenny Yang, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor; Former Commissioner at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Ezra Young, Civil Rights Attorney, Vice President of Jim Collins Foundation
Margaret Hardy, President, Sands Anderson; President, Virginia Women Attorneys Association
Moderator: J.H. (Rip) Verkerke, T. Munford Boyd Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, along with other traits such as race, color, religion, and national origin. Even in the legal field, women have been fighting against sex discrimination, which is demonstrated by pregnancy and parenting discrimination suits by female attorneys. In April 2019, six female attorneys in Jones Day sued the firm for unequal pay arising from the “black box” compensation system. In 2020, the Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton expanded the scope of Title VII’s definition of sex discrimination to include sexual orientation discrimination, protecting gay and transgender workers. This panel explores such recent developments of employment discrimination based on sex, and discusses how the legal field can protect equal employment opportunites for all workers.
Environmental Justice and the Current Disparities in Our Health Care System Co-Sponsored bythe Virginia Environmental Law Forum and Health Law Association
Dr. Michael D. Williams, Director, UVA Center for Health Policy
Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health
Cale Jaffe, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Director, Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic
Moderator: Margaret Foster Riley, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, Professor of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Professor of Public Policy, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Director, Animal Law Program
The current Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the racial and economic disparities that exist in our current healthcare system. NPR reported that Black American deaths are two times greater than would be expected based on their share of the population. Hispanic and Latinx populations likewise make up a greater share of confirmed cases than would be expected, as do members of Indigenous communities. These statistics reflect a larger problem of disparity in treatment in our healthcare system. Social and environmental determinants are a significant cause of those disparities is health outcomes. This panel will discuss the current disparities in our healthcare system and seek to draw lessons from the failures in the response to theCOVID-19 pandemic (disproportionate race/class impacts, governments slow/unwilling to act, short-term bandaids over long-term systemic change, need for collectivism and behavioral changes) that can be applied to broader environmental and health justice challenges, such as the impending climate crisis.
3:30 p.m. Presentation of Shaping Justice Alumni Awards, with Dean Goluboff