Wednesday, July 29, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM | Hacking Democracy: Elections and Beyond
Sponsored by: ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Cosponsored by: Division for Public Education
Democracy is not inevitable. Right now, US democratic institutions are under tremendous stress as Americans struggle to hold them accountable to live up to our aspirations. Foreign adversaries also exploit and exacerbate the fissures and lack of public trust in institutions and processes, from elections to the justice system, while capitalizing on opportunities to engage in cyber assaults. Diverse strategies of disinformation, such as hack-and-leak or deep fake videos, often couched as news stories, amplify weaknesses and divisions of our own making to convince Americans to give up on rule of law and ideas of justice and democracy. This showcase program will explore digital threats against the U.S. democratic system, the current U.S. readiness to counteract these threats, and the way forward to protect our national security from hacking and disinformation.
Harvey Rishikof, Senior Counselor, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security and Senior Advisor, ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, Washington, DC
Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, California Supreme Court, San Francisco, CA
Hon. James E. McPherson, Under Secretary, Department of the U.S. Army, Arlington, VA
Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); former Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate; Liaison, ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, member and former Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, Washington, DC
12:00 - 1:30 PM | What Will the Next 100 Years Hold for Access to Justice? The Future of Civil Legal Aid and Public Defense in America
Sponsored by: Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
Cosponsored by: Center for Public Interest Law, Section of Litigation, Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
When the ABA established the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants one hundred years ago, the landscape of legal help for those who could not afford a lawyer was markedly different than what we know today. At that time, there was no right to counsel in criminal cases and all forms of legal aid were provided by a limited patchwork of charitable organizations scattered around the country. Though we have come far, substantial barriers to meaningful access to justice remain. Come to this session to engage in a high-level discussion regarding the state of legal assistance in America, the needs of those unable to obtain such assistance, and how the challenges of today, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for racial equity and justice, will shape the future. Our panel of esteemed national thinkers drawn from the public defense and civil legal aid communities will examine the data, innovations, and trends that will drive the future of providing legal services to those in need, with the ultimate goal of ensuring equal access to justice for all.
Lauren Sudeall, Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center of Access to Justice, Georgia State Law, Atlanta, GA
Peter Edelman, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Jeffrey Robinson, Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, American Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Rebecca Sandefur, Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2:00 – 3:30 PM | COVID-19: Legal Issues, Responses, and Practice Going Forward
Sponsored by: The Coordinating Group on Practice Forward; Pandemic Task Force
In response to the growing legal needs of ordinary Americans arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the American Bar Association created a nationwide task force of volunteer lawyers and judges from across the legal profession. The group has been working on identifying legal needs arising from the pandemic, making recommendations to address those needs to help mobilize volunteer lawyers and legal professionals for people who need help. On May 13, 2020, the ABA established the Coordinating Group on Practice Forward to coordinate pandemic-responsive resources throughout the ABA and harness expertise to address the legal profession’s emerging needs. The group will take a look beyond the pandemic for innovations and new ways of providing legal services and delivering justice.
We will discuss the most common legal issues that have arisen during the pandemic, review a forecast of the legal issues likely to arise or proliferate after the initial phase of the pandemic, and review the challenges in responding to the legal issues that have arisen and that are likely to arise in the future. The program will also provide an overview of best practices in pro bono mobilization to address the legal needs during and after a national emergency. Laura Farber will provide an overview of the new ABA Coordinating Group on Practice Forward, which will harness expertise throughout the ABA to address potential long-term changes to the practice of law and the judicial system in light of the pandemic. Laura will address the results from the ABA entity survey of the landscape of ABA resources as well as key opportunities and challenges presented by the pandemic.
Judy Perry Martinez, President, American Bar Association, New Orleans, LA
Moderator and Speaker:
James L. Sandman, Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School, & President Emeritus, Legal Services Corporation, Washington, DC
Laura Farber, Partner, Hahn & Hahn LLP, Pasadena, CA
Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers (Ret.), Partner, Locke Lord LLP, Dallas, TX
Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Washington, D.C.