5th Annual Shaping Justice Conference To Feature Civil Rights Lawyer

Conference Will Honor Alumni, Aims To Inspire Future Public Servants
Terrica Redfield Ganzy

Terrica Redfield Ganzy ’02 is deputy director of the Southern Center for Human Rights. Contributed photo/illustration by Warren Craghead

February 5, 2021

Civil rights lawyer Terrica Redfield Ganzy ’02 will deliver the keynote address at the fifth annual Shaping Justice conference, “Shaping Justice in a Time of Crisis,” which the University of Virginia School of Law will host Feb. 20.

Ganzy is deputy director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, where she coordinates the center’s strategy and programs with the executive director, among other duties. She was previously development director and a staff attorney in the center’s Capital Litigation Unit, where her work focused on representing clients on death row in Georgia and Alabama. For five years, she also served as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Death Penalty Resource Counsel, providing training and resources to capital defense attorneys throughout the nation.

Ganzy will speak at 1:15 p.m.

Aimed at inspiring students and lawyers to promote justice through public service, the conference will also feature an awards ceremony to honor Professor and Solicitor General of Virginia Toby Heytens ’00, Elisabeth Epps ’11 and April Nicole Russo ’11 for their roles in serving the public. Several panels will provide educational opportunities for students.

The conference is sponsored by UVA Law’s Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center, Program in Law and Public Service, and the student-run Public Interest Law Association. The event is open to UVA students; UVA Law alumni; students, faculty and staff at other law schools; and public interest attorneys.


Event Program


10-11:30 a.m.

Welcome and Plenary Panel

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Racial Justice: What Can Lawyers and Law Students Do to Support BIPoC?

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  • Kim Keenan ’87, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington Law School
  • Lisa Lorish ’08, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Western District of Virginia; Director, Federal Criminal Sentence Reduction Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Rosia Parker, Organizer, Black Lives Matter, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Emily Ponder Williams ’14, Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem; Member, New York City Bar Association Mass Incarceration Task Force
  • Wyatt Rolla ’13, Interim Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Moderator: Thomas Frampton, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Panel 1 | The Fight for Voting Rights and the 2020 Election

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  • Chris Bruce, Political Director, ACLU of Georgia
  • Alex Gulotta, Director, All Voting is Local Arizona
  • Dara Lindenbaum, Partner, Sandler Reiff; General Counsel, Fair Fight
  • Lisa Schur, Director, Program for Disability Research, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations
  • Ryan Snow ’18, Associate Counsel, Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 
  • Moderator: Michael D. Gilbert, Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Public Law and Political Economy, University of Virginia School of Law

Panel 2 | The Movement to Dismantle DHS: A Discussion

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  • Karen J. Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security, Fordham University School of Law
  • Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project
  • Moderator: Kate Jackson, DeOlazarra Fellow, Program in Political Philosophy, Policy & Law, University of Virginia

1:15-2 p.m.

Keynote Address

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2:15-3:15 p.m.

Panel 3 | Beyond Bostock: Sex Discrimination in the Workplace

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  • Jennifer S. Goldstein, Associate General Counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Margaret Hardy, President, Sands Anderson; President, Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Russell Kornblith, Managing Partner, Sanford Heisler Sharp
  • Ezra Young, Civil Rights Attorney; Vice President, Jim Collins Foundation
  • Moderator: J.H. Verkerke, T. Munford Boyd Professor of Law; Director, Program for Employment and Labor Law Studies, University of Virginia School of Law

Panel 4 | Environmental Justice and the Current Disparities in Our Health Care System

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  • Cale Jaffe ’01, Associate Professor of Law, General Faculty; Director, Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law
  • 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
  • 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, UVA Law Animal Law Program

3:30 p.m.

Presentation of Shaping Justice Alumni Awards

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  • Risa Goluboff, Dean, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, Professor of History, University of Virginia School of Law

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