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Posted January 31, 2005
ACLU President to Keynote Public Service Law Conference
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Conference on Public Service & the LawNadine Strossen, the President of the American Civil Liberties Union and a New York Law School professor, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Conference on Public Service & the Law, to be held Friday and Saturday, February 11-12. Founded by law students six years ago, the Conference brings together students, citizens, and lawyers to discuss current public interest legal issues.

This year’s Conference will feature an opening address by Katie Redford ’95, the co-founder and co-director of EarthRights International, the nonprofit organization serving as co-counsel in the landmark lawsuit Doe v. Unocal, which challenged human rights abuses in Burma. Panels and workshops taking place during the weekend will cover topics such as asylum law and the victims of gender-based violence, mountaintop removal mining, judicial election campaigns, working as a lobbyist, and juvenile confessions.

The Conference, which has played host to more than 1,000 participants and 100 panelists since its inception, draws students and speakers from across the country. There is no cost to register and students attending from other law schools are offered free housing with Law School students during their stay.

For more information and to register: www.student.virgina.edu/~law-conf/2005

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11
3:30-6:30

REGISTRATION OPENS (Clay Hall)

5:00-6:00

OPENING ADDRESS (Caplin Auditorium)
Katie Redford ‘95, Co-founder and Co-director, EarthRights International

6:00-6:30 RECEPTION (Bagel Lounge)
7:00-8:30

CONFERENCE DINNER (Caplin Pavilion)
For panelists, moderators, conference coordinators, and invited faculty and guests.

Dinner Speaker:
Helaine M. Barnett, President, Legal Services Corporation

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12
8:30-10:30

REGISTRATION (Clay Hall)

8:30-9:30

BREAKFAST (Bagel Lounge)

9:30-10:45

POLITICAL LAW: Judicial Election Campaigns: Free Speech, Public Dollars, and the Role of Judges (WB 102)

Panelists:

  • Jesse Rutledge, Director of Communications, Justice at Stake
  • Roy Schotland, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Judge John M. Tyson, North Carolina Court of Appeals

Moderator:
Lillian BeVier, John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

11:00-12:15

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT: The Government’s “Fair Pay” Plan for Overtime: How Will Low-Income Workers Be Affected? (WB 102)

Panelists:

  • Shulamit Kahn, Associate Professor, Finance and Economics Department, Boston University School of Management
  • Baldwin Robertson, Associate, Woodley & McGillivary; Counsel, International Association of Fire Fighters and AFL-CIO’s Working America
  • Alfred Robinson, Acting Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

Moderator:
J. H. “Rip” Verkerke, Professor of Law; Thomas F. Bergin Teaching Professor; Director, Program for Employment and Labor Law Studies, University of Virginia School of Law

MENTAL HEALTH LAW: Addressing Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Evaluating the Success of Mental Health Courts (WB 101)

Panelists:

  • Ron Honberg, National Director for Policy and Legal Affairs, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
  • Cynthia Power, President, Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership (VOCAL)
  • George W. Pratt, Executive Director, Norfolk Community Services Board
  • Tammy Seltzer, Senior Staff Attorney, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Moderator:
Thomas Hafemeister, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Director of Legal Studies, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy

RACE & THE LAW: (Re)Examining Slavery Reparations (WB 104)

Panelists:

  • K. Lawrie Balfour, Assistant Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia
  • Adrienne D. Davis, Reef C. Ivey II Research Professor of Law, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law

Moderator:
Kim Forde-Mazrui, Professor of Law; Thurgood Marshall Research Professor; Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law, University of Virginia School of Law

12:15-1:45

LUNCH (Bagel Lounge)

12:30-1:30

WORKSHOPS

NONTRADITIONAL LEGAL CAREERS (WB 103)

Panelists:

  • Leon Szeptycki, Eastern Conservation Director and General Counsel, Trout Unlimited
  • Linda A. Way-Smith, Director of Employee Benefits and HR Governmental Affairs, University of Virginia
  • Debra Wilson, Legal Counsel, National Association of Independent Schools

Moderator:
John Setear, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

WORKING AS A LOBBYIST (WB 127)

Panelists

  • Charles R. Duvall, President and Chief Lobbyist, Lindl Corporation
  • Matt Owens, Senior Federal Relations Officer, Association of American Universities
  • Andrew Rosenberg, Associate, Patton Boggs LLP
  • William Signer, Lobbyist, Navigant Consulting, Governmental Affairs Practice

GOVERNMENT LEGAL CAREERS (WB 101)

Panelists:

  • Michael Passaportis, Clerk, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Jeff Petrich, Democratic Chief Counsel, House Resources Committee
  • Susan Sawtelle, Associate General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Moderator:
John Harrison, David Lurton Massee, Jr., Professor of Law, Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC INTEREST JOBS (WB 105)

Panelists:

  • James Faulkner, Judicial Attaché, U.S. Department of Justice, Bogota, Columbia
  • Juan Carlos Monge, U.N. High Commission on Human Rights, Columbia
  • Gina Vetere, Associate, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary

Moderator:
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Associate Professor of Law and History, Washington University, St. Louis

SERVING THE PUBLIC IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR (WB 129)

Panelists:

  • Robert Duncan, Partner, Hogan & Hartson
  • Carolyn Grimes, Partner, Lieblich & Grimes, P.C.
  • Michael Guaznon, Partner, Clement & Wheatley, P.C.
  • Henry McLaughlin, Executive Director, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
1:45-3:00

RELIGION & THE LAW: Faith-Based Initiatives: How Do They Work and Do We Even Want Them? (WB 102)

Panelists:

  • Richard Katskee, Assistant Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Melissa Rogers, Visiting Professor of Religion and Public Policy, Wake Forest University Divinity School; Founding Executive Director, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
  • Ryan Streeter, Director, Center for Faith- and Community-Based Initiatives, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Moderator:
Richard Schragger, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: Mountaintop Removal Mining: Energy Strategy or Environmental Tragedy? (WB 101)

Panelists:

  • Blair Gardner, Associate, Jackson Kelly PLLC; former Assistant General Counsel, Arch Coal, Inc.
  • Joe Lovett, Executive Director, Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment
  • Ken Ward, Jr., Reporter, The Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette

Moderator:
Jonathan Cannon, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Director, Center for Environmental Studies

HUMAN RIGHTS: Can They Stay? Asylum Law and the Victims of Gender-Based Violence (WB 104)

Panelists:

  • Molly Groom, Chief, Refugee and Asylum Law Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • David Martin, Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, Class of 1963 Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Karen Musalo, Resident Scholar, University of California, Hastings College of Law; Director, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

Moderator:
Deena Hurwitz, Director, Human Rights Program and International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law

3:15-4:30

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: The Empty Chair: When Reporters Won’t Talk (WB 102)

Panelists:

  • Lucy Dalglish, Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • John G. Douglass, Professor, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Jon Zug, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Commonwealth of Virginia

Moderator:
Robert O’Neil, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

JUVENILE LAW: Father, I Cannot Tell a Lie: Juvenile Capacity for Confession (WB 101)

Panelists:

  • Elaine Cassel, Attorney; Chair, ABA Behavioral Sciences Committee; Professor of Law, Concord University School of Law
  • Dewey G. Cornell, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; Director, University of Virginia Youth Violence Project
  • Brad J. Garrett, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief Interrogator, Lee Boyd Malvo

Moderator:
Andy Block, Director, JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center

GOVERNMENT REGULATION: From Golden Handcuffs to Real Handcuffs: Corporate Corruption in the 21st Century (WB 104)

Panelists:

  • Stephen M. Byers, Partner, Crowell & Moring, White Collar Defense Practice Group
  • Anup Malani, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Associate Professor, Health Evaluation Sciences Department, University of Virginia Medical School
  • Doug Paul, Branch Chief, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
4:45-5:45

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union; Professor of Law, New York Law School (Caplin Auditorium)

5:45-6:30 RECEPTION (Caplin Pavilion)

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