THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
Survivor Re-Entry project: Human Trafficking & Criminal Records Relief (CLE)
Co-sponsored | Many trafficking survivors are arrested and prosecuted for acts directly related to having been trafficked. Pursuing stability and independence once no longer trafficked is hindered by their own criminal records. Survivors are denied employment, housing, and economic assistance. Criminal records are used against survivors in family court proceedings. While many states have passed vacatur laws allowing survivors relief, survivors do not know they are potentially eligible for vacatur, and the legal community has not developed the capacity to handle these cases. This esteemed panel discussed how vacatur works for survivors and how the Survivor Reentry Project has helped build sustainable vacatur practices across the country. Panelists have successfully litigated the first vacatur cases for survivors nationwide.
Moderator: Mark Schickman, Partner, Freeland Cooper & Foreman, LLP
- Jessica Emerson, LMSW, Esq., Director, Human Trafficking Prevention Project, University of Baltimore School of Law
- Jennifer L. Kroman, Director of Pro Bono Practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
- Kate Mogulescu, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School, Director, Criminal Defense & Advocacy Clinic
Uneven Bars: Reporting Sexual Assault in College Sports (CLE)
Co-sponsored | The panel examined the effect of #metoo in college sports, looking at several high-profile cases from different perspectives. Panel experts also considered legal and ethical obligations of universities, service providers, law enforcement to student-survivors, student-athletes and the university community. The role of media in covering these cases was also discussed.
Moderator: Robin Runge, Senior Gender Specialist, Solidarity Center
- Steven F. Stapleton, Member, Clark Hill, PC
- Regina D. Curran, Title IX Program Coordinator, American University
- Laura Dunn, Attorney & DC Managing Counsel, The Fierberg National Law Group, PLLC
- Gretta Gardner, Deputy Director, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Co-Founder of Ujima, Inc.
Your Money's No Good Here: Source of Income Discrimination in Maryland Housing (CLE)
Source of Income (SOI) discrimination has long plagued low-income individuals seeking housing. Many that are forced to pay rent with government vouchers, veteran’s benefits, social security payments and the like are often denied housing by landlords as a pretext for prohibited discrimination based on race, disability, national origin and more. SOI discrimination contributes to concentrations of poverty, homelessness, and racial segregation in housing. Recent momentum, including the passage of a state-wide SOI discrimination ban in Washington State, as well as the recent introduction of federal bills seeking to do the same nationally, shows that we are at a pivotal point in the fight to stop SOI discrimination. This program discussed advocacy strategies for capitalizing on this momentum to pass SOI anti-discrimination laws in Maryland.
Moderator: C. Matthew Hill, Attorney, Public Justice Center
- Tisha Guthrie, Advocate
- Lisa Hodges, NAACP Baltimore City Chapter
- Delegate Steve Lafferty, District 42A, Maryland House of Delegates
- Charles E. Sydnor, III, Delegate, Maryland House of Delegates, 44th District
- Jill Williams, US Coast Guard Veteran and HPRP Board Member