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ABA meeting to tackle topics of LGBT youth welfare, bullying, racial disparities in justice system


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ABA meeting to tackle topics of LGBT youth welfare, bullying, racial disparities in justice system

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 — Legal experts will explore issues relating to LGBT youth welfare, bullying and racial and gender disparities in the justice system during the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s 2014 Spring Conference on May 15-17 in Pittsburgh.

As part of Bullyproof, the division’s public service project focused on ending the bullying epidemic, lawyers will visit four local schools during the conference to present information and resources to help empower parents, educators and students to make bullying a thing of the past.

  • Chartiers Valley Middle School, May 15, 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Dorseyville Middle School, May 16, 8:25 – 9:08 a.m.
  • Manchester Academic Charter School, May 16, 9 – 9:45 a.m.
  • Imani Christian Academy, May 16, 1 – 2 p.m.

YLD 2014 Spring Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division

May 15-17

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
107 Sixth St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3301

Conference highlights include:

“Ensuring the Safety, Permanence and Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth” — This session will address the issues of LGBTQ youth involved in the welfare and juvenile justice systems and the common risk factors that they encounter navigating these systems.
Thursday, May 15, 2 – 3 p.m.

“Creating Solid Anti-Bullying Policies & Law: Navigating Free Speech Issues” — Unique legal issues exist at the intersection of anti-bullying policy and free speech protections. This program will explore these legal issues, evaluate the latest developments in anti-bullying policies and laws, and provide practical insights on creating defensible and sound anti-bullying policy.
Friday, May 16, 9 – 10 a.m.

“Perspectives on Race and Gender in the Law” — This session tackles the pervasive influence of race and gender in the law from various perspectives. Larry E. Davis, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race & Social Problems, will present his research on racial disparities in Pittsburgh’s criminal justice system and discuss racial and gender disparities nationwide. University of Pittsburgh School of Law professor Pat K. Chew will present her research on how the race and gender of the judiciary may subtly influence their decision-making.
Friday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Beyond the Playground and Into the Locker Room: Legal Ramifications of Bullying in College and Professional Sports” — Some call it hazing, some call it bullying. Where is the line? That question has gained more reflection recently in the wake of Jonathan Martin walking away from the Miami Dolphins after reporting Richie Incognito’s bullying. This panel will discuss the legal issues surrounding bullying in college and professional sports and ways to prevent or respond to bullying from the perspective of athletes, universities and professional sports organizations.
Saturday, May 17, 10 – 11 a.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free for members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Emily Ortman at

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