Past Programs

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press (CLE)

Civil Rights & Constitution

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press (CLE)

The panel will explore current controversies over freedom of speech and freedom of the press. From the First Amendment implications of public officials barring individuals from their social media accounts, to a lawsuit alleging that the Trump Administration has used enforcement powers to target news organizations, from debate over whether private social media giants should restrict political ads, to using the Espionage Act against Julian Assange, to the power of public transit systems to ban religious ads, this roundtable will tackle these issues and much more that are shaping free speech and free press today.

Final Conscience Regulation: Does the New HHS Rule Promote Injustice?

Civil Rights & Constitution

Final Conscience Regulation: Does the New HHS Rule Promote Injustice?

On May 2, 2019, The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final version of its conscience rule, authorizing individual healthcare workers and institutions to neglect providing certain services due to a religious or conscience objection. Some view the rule as consistent with the Administration’s promise to promote religious interests. Others fear allowing healthcare workers and facilities to deny critical or life-saving care to patients.

Arbitration and Access to Courts: A Discussion About the History, Complications & Future of Arbitration for Workers and Consumers

Civil Rights & Constitution

Arbitration and Access to Courts: A Discussion About the History, Complications & Future of Arbitration for Workers and Consumers

On April 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court split 5-4 on yet another arbitration case. The result is that an employee was forced out of court – and left either to use single-file arbitration or get no remedy at all. The four dissenting justices filed four opinions detailing the different ways in which they disagreed with Chief Justice Robert’s majority decision.

Inside the Asian American Pacific Islander Women's Pay Gap: Legislative Approaches and Proactive Measures of Employers

Civil Rights & Constitution

Inside the Asian American Pacific Islander Women's Pay Gap: Legislative Approaches and Proactive Measures of Employers

March 5, 2019 is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) women’s equal pay day. This marks the day in the new year to which AAPI women overall must work to earn what white, non-Hispanic men on average earned in 2018. AAPI women earn just 85 cents to every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. The average wage gaps in several AAPI ethnic subgroups are even larger. For instance, Hmong and Cambodian women earn on average just 59 and 62 cents to the dollar, respectively.

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope

Civil Rights & Constitution

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope

This roundtable discussion will explore several current free press and free speech controversies, including: the impact of White House criticism of the news media; the aftermath of important Supreme Court free speech rulings last spring and the likelihood of new and returning issues arising this Court term; what a more conservative Supreme Court means for free speech and free press; and where are we headed with free speech on campuses.

Enhancing Detained Individuals Access to Legal Resources and Representation while in ICE Custody

Civil Rights & Constitution

Enhancing Detained Individuals Access to Legal Resources and Representation while in ICE Custody

The webinar will provide an overview of recent efforts to enhance access to legal representation and resources for ICE detainees, as well as the applicable ICE detention standards that inform and support these efforts. The webinar will also discuss the importance of the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and other pro bono legal group presentations (“Know Your Rights” presentations) that take place inside ICE detention facilities nationwide.

Trump's Policy of Separating Families at the Border: U.S. Law, Court Rulings and Administration Policy

Civil Rights & Constitution

Trump's Policy of Separating Families at the Border: U.S. Law, Court Rulings and Administration Policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his “zero tolerance” policy in April, requiring all those apprehended crossing the border between ports of entry to be referred for criminal prosecution, including parents traveling with small children. As a result, the Trump administration separated approximately 2,500 children from their parents at the Southwest border.

The impact of Attorney General Session's decision to deny asylum to victims of domestic violence and where we go from here

Civil Rights & Constitution

The impact of Attorney General Session's decision to deny asylum to victims of domestic violence and where we go from here

Please join us to hear from Blaine Bookey, co-counsel for Ms. A.B. who fled to the United States after suffering 15 years of brutal violence at the hands of her ex-husband. Ms. Bookey will describe Ms. A.B.'s efforts to seek asylum in the U.S., including Attorney General Sessions decision on June 11, 2018 not only to deny her asylum claim, but more broadly to state that victims of domestic violence generally would no longer be able successfully seek asylum. We will learn about the impact of A.G. Session's decision on Ms. A.B.'s life as well as its broader implications for victims seeing asylum in the U.S.

FISA Section 702 Reauthorization

Civil Rights & Constitution

FISA Section 702 Reauthorization

At the culmination of his first year in office, President Trump signed into law the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, which extends the much-debated authorities set forth in FISA Section 702 for another six years. Section 702 allows for the warrantless collection of emails, phone records, and other communications of foreigners located outside the United States—including their communications with U.S. citizens and others within the United States.

Barriers to Combatting Sexual Harassment IN and Out of Court and Legislative Reponses in the #MeToo Moment

Civil Rights & Constitution

Barriers to Combatting Sexual Harassment IN and Out of Court and Legislative Reponses in the #MeToo Moment

This webinar will address the obstacles that plaintiffs face in bringing and prevailing on sexual harassment claims, including the applicable statutes of limitations, administrative exhaustion requirements, judicial interpretations of sexual harassment protections and application of the “severe or pervasive” legal standard, and common employer practices that fail to adequately prevent and respond to workplace harassment and limit employees’ ability to speak out and obtain relief.

Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Workplace: What is it, where does it come from & what is its scope and history?

Civil Rights & Constitution

Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Workplace: What is it, where does it come from & what is its scope and history?

In this webinar, our experts, law professor Sandra Sperino, from the University of Cincinnati School of Law, and Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women's Law Center, will discuss the movement we are in at this moment, and place it in the larger context of the history of our evolving understanding of sexual harassment, including the cultural, racial, economic and power dynamics in our society that are the root causes as well as the evolution of our societal and legal system response.

Supported Decision Making as a Less Restrictive Alternative to Guardianship: What Judges Need to Know

Civil Rights & Constitution

Supported Decision Making as a Less Restrictive Alternative to Guardianship: What Judges Need to Know

The right to make decisions about one’s own life is a fundamental value in American law. The ABA recently passed Resolution 113 encouraging (1) states to pass legislation that amends their guardianship statutes to require that supported decision-making be identified and fully considered as a less restrictive alternative before guardianship is imposed, as well as in proceedings for termination of guardianship; and (2) courts to consider supported decision-making as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship, as well as grounds for termination of a guardianship.

A False Sense of Relief Part II: Asylum in the Trump Era

Civil Rights & Constitution

A False Sense of Relief Part II: Asylum in the Trump Era

Thousands of asylum-seekers at U.S. ports of entry and along the border experience find themselves detained and facing adversarial removal proceedings instead of the welcome and protection they were expecting. Since the commencement of the Trump Administration, immigration and asylum policies have become more restrictive, but legal experts are responding with tenacious advocacy. During the last year, the government has prioritized the detention of asylum-seekers and the quick adjudication of applications initiated at the border.

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope

Civil Rights & Constitution

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope

This roundtable discussion will explore several current free press and free speech controversies, including: White House threats to broadcast licenses and other criticism of the news media; the growing volume of clashes on campuses over controversial speakers; the National Football League “take a knee” movement; and a look at the free speech issues in the pending Supreme Court case involving a Colorado baker’s refusal to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Where Are We With Location Privacy? Reactions to the Supreme Court's Oral Argument  in Carpenter v. United States

Civil Rights & Constitution

Where Are We With Location Privacy? Reactions to the Supreme Court's Oral Argument in Carpenter v. United States

In Carpenter v. United States the Supreme Court will decide whether the Fourth Amendment bars the warrantless collection of cell phone location records. The Court previously ruled in Riley v. California that officers cannot search a cell phone incident to a lawful arrest without a warrant, and earlier held in United States v. Jones that the warrantless attachment and use of a GPS tracking device to monitor the movements of a person’s car over time violated the Fourth Amendment.

Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Threats and Opportunities

Civil Rights & Constitution

Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Threats and Opportunities

On October 24, 2017, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) introduced a landmark piece of legislation to eliminate environmental injustice. The Environmental Justice Act of 2017 (EJA) requires federal agencies to address environmental justice through agency actions and permitting decisions, and strengthens legal protections against environmental injustice for communities of color, low-income communities, and indigenous communities.

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