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Conference on Public Service and the LawPosted Feb. 25, 2003
Public Service Conference to Preview Supreme Court Affirmative Action Debate

The Law School's fourth-annual Conference on Public Service and the Law will offer a rare preview of how the Supreme Court's controversial Grutter v. Bollinger affirmative action case will play out, with authors of briefs from both sides addressing a plenary session Saturday, March 15. Oral arguments are two weeks after the panel, and organizers have said it may be the last time both sides are in a room together before the hearing.

Founded by Law School students, the Conference brings together students, faculty, attorneys and policymakers to explore public interest issues facing today's legal community. This year's conference, held March 14-15 (see schedule), features panels and workshops on public service-related topics, including Corporate Responsibility, Balancing Freedom of the Press and National Security, and Deportation and U.N. Convention Against Torture. Featured speakers include former head of the American Bar Association Robert Hirshon, USA Freedom Corps Director John Bridgeland '87 and keynote speaker Janet Napolitano '83, the governor of Arizona.

"The original mission of the Conference was to encourage law students to pursue public service careers, but it has grown to be much more," said Law student and co-organizer Billy Wynne. "The Conference brings together lawyers who are experts in their field to discuss issues that are of compelling concern not only to law students, but to our community as a whole. Perhaps most importantly, the Conference illustrates for students the wide variety of ways that lawyers can and do become involved in public service."

The conference draws a number of law students from across the country each year. Students attending the conference from other schools are allowed a stipend of up to $200 for plane tickets and transportation costs and are offered free housing with Law School students during their stay.

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Conference on Public Service and the Law: Schedule of Events
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2:30 - 7:00 pm Registration, Clay Hall
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Opening Address by Mr. Robert Hirshon, Immediate Past President, ABA
Introductory Remarks by Mr. Mortimer Caplin '40
Caplin Pavilion

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Workshops A

Clerkships - WB101
Moderated by Professor Caleb Nelson

  • Abra Edwards '02, judicial clerk, Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Cara Griffith '02, judicial clerk, Virginia Supreme Court
  • Daniel Lovejoy '02, judicial clerk, Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Government Service -WB102
Moderated by Professor Madelyn Wessel

  • John Rupp, City Attorney, City of Richmond, Virginia
  • Elizabeth Tucci, Senior trial Attorney, U.S. DOJ, Civil Rights Division; Special Assistant, USAO
  • Robert Loeb, Special Appellate Counsel, U.S. DOJ, Civil Division, Appellate Staff
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Workshops B

Pro Bono Opportunities - WB101
Moderated by Professor Earl Dudley, Jr.

  • William Bradford, Jr., Of Counsel, Hogan and Hartson
  • Lily Garcia, Director,
  • William McDaniel, Jr., Partner, McDaniel, Bennet & Griffin

Direct Services/Legal Advocacy - WB102
Moderated by Dean Kimberly Emery

  • Alex Gulotta, Executive Director, Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Kerry Kornblatt '02, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
  • Kit Lasher '02, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
  • Chinh Le, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Withers Brown Hall

8:15 - 9:30 p.m. Evening Address by Mr. John Bridgeland '87, Director, USA Freedom Corps
Introductory Remarks by Mr. Mortimer Caplin '40
Caplin Pavilion
8:00 a.m. - on Registration
Clay Hall
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Student Lounge #1, Withers Brown Hall

8:30 - 9:40 a.m.

Panels I

Corporate Responsibility - WB128
Moderated by Professor Michael Dooley

  • Benjamin Bycel, Vice President, Common Cause
  • Gerald Hodgkins '94, Branch Chief, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Donald Langevoort, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Regina Mysliwiec '72, Senior Vice-President, Market Surveillance, New York Stock Exchange

Choices in Education - WB152
Moderated by Professor Richard Schragger

  • Clint Bolick, Vice President, Institute for Justice
  • Victoria Cobb, Director of Legislative Affairs, Family Foundation of Virginia
  • David Domenici, Executive Director, See Forever Foundation
  • Penny Kotterman, President, Arizona Education Association
9:50 - 11:00 a.m.

Panels II

Balancing Freedom of the Press and
National Security
- WB152
Moderated by Professor Robert O'Neil

  • Robert Loeb, Special Appellate Counsel, U.S. DOJ, Civil Division, Appellate Staff
  • Lee Gelernt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU
  • David Schulz, Partner and Regional Head of the Media Litigation Group, Clifford Chance, LLP

Federal Wildfire Policy for Public Lands - WB128
Moderated by Professor Jon Cannon

  • Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Ray Vaughan, Executive Director, WildLaw

Responses to Convictions for Sex Crimes
Against Children - WB154
Moderated by Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui

  • Michelle Goodwin, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Bioethics, Depaul University
  • Zachary Lowe, Jr., Special Agent, Crimes Against Children Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Sue Mangold, Director of the Baldy Center's Program on Children, Families, and Society, Buffalo University
  • Carla Zarella, Head of Sex Offender Residential Treatment Program, Brunswick Correctional Center, Virginia Department of Corrections
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Panels III

Deportation and U.N. Convention Against Torture - WB154
Moderated by Professor David Martin

  • Owen "Bo" Cooper, General Counsel, INS
  • Wendy Patten, U.S. Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Morton Sklar, Executive Director, World Organization Against Torture
  • David Stewart, Assistant Legal Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Feminization of Poverty - WB152
Moderated by Professor Anne Coughlin

  • Dorchen Leidholdt, Director, Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services
  • Jacqueline Payne, Assistant Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Robin Runge, Coordinator of the Program on Women's Employment Rights (POWER), D.C. Employment Justice Center
  • Kristine Thompson, Executive Director, Calvary Women's Services

Trade and Development - WB128
Moderated by Professor Tim Wu

  • Flavio Marega, First Secretary - Trade Policy Desk, Embassy of Brazil
  • Michael Schlesinger, Associate, Smith and Metalitz, LLP
  • Susan Wilson, Senior Advisor in the Office of Intellectual Property and Competition Policy, U.S. Department of State
12:20 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Student Lounge #1, Withers Brown Hall
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Address by Janet Napolitano '83, Governor of Arizona
Introductory Remarks by Professor Richard Merrill
Caplin Auditorium

2:10 - 3:30 p.m.

Plenary Session - Affirmative Action in Higher Education
Caplin Auditorium
Introductory Remarks by Dean John C. Jeffries Jr.
Moderated by Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui

  • Jonathan Alger, Assistant General Counsel, University of Michigan
  • Richard Banks, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Curt Levey, Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Center for Individual Rights
  • Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute
  • Peter Rubin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; President and Co-Founder of the American Constitution Society
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Wine & Cheese Reception
Caplin Pavilion