Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to Keynote Public Service Conference Schedule(full schedule)

February 6, 2007

Conference on Public Service and the LawVirginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will deliver the keynote address at this year's Conference on Public Service and the Law, to be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17, at the Law School. Founded by law students eight years ago, the conference brings together students, citizens, and attorneys to discuss current public interest legal issues. Kaine will deliver his address Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. in Caplin Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required to receive lunch on Saturday.

Saturday's panels focus on affirmative action in K-12 schools, U.S. detainee policy, immigration reform, education vouchers, sexual assault in the criminal justice system, pension law and the future of retirement funding, welfare reform, and corporate responsibility. Friday's events, including a workshop on international public service careers and a panel on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, center on international accountability for social justice.

The conference, which has hosted more than 1,700 participants and 275 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. The conference's workshops are designed to help students learn about public service law careers, while the panels are designed to facilitate discussion on key public interest legal issues.

2:00-7:00 pm

Registration(Clay Hall)

  International Accountability for Social Justice
4:00-5:15 pm International Public Service Workshop(WB126)
5:30-6:45 pm

Never Again: The Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur(WB126)

7:00-9:00 pm Conference Dinner(Caplin Pavilion)
Keynote Speaker:
Robert Grey, Partner, Hunton & Williams, Former ABA President
Invited guests only
8:00-10:00 am Registration Continued(Clay Hall)
9:00-10:15 am PANELS
  • Race and Law/Education:The Role of Affirmative Action in K-12 Public Schools
  • International Law:The Future of U.S. Detainee Policy (WB105)
10:15-11:00 am Break
10:30-11:00 am Seating for the Keynote Address(Caplin Auditorium)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Keynote Address(Caplin Auditorium)
The Hon. Timothy M. Kaine
Governor of Virginia
12:00-12:30 pm Break
12:30-1:45 pm

Workshops and Student Lunch

  • Careers in the Federal Government(WB105)
  • Careers in Prosecution and Defense(WB128)
  • Careers in Lobbying(WB126)
  • Serving the Public in the Private Sector(WB103)
1:45-2:00 pm Break
2:00-3:15 pm


  • Race and Law/Immigration:Love Thy Neighbor? The Ethical Underpinnings and Racial Politics of Immigration Reform (WB126)
  • Education Law:Federally Funded Education Vouchers: Hurricane Katrina Relief and Beyond (WB105)
  • Criminal Law:Sexual Assault in the Wake of Recent High-Profile Cases (WB103)
3:15-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:45 PANELS
  • Employment Law:Will You Be Automatically Saving for Retirement? Recent Pension Law Reforms and the Future of Retirement Funding (WB105)
  • Poverty Law:Welfare Reform Reformed: New Challenges for Recipients and States (WB126)
  • Corporate Responsibility:Shareholders v. Stakeholders: Can Corporations Be Profitable and Responsible? (WB103)
5:00-6:00 pm Closing Reception(Bagel Lounge)


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