April 25, 2017

Death penalty, segregated schools hot topics at ABA State and Local Government Law meeting

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 — Legal experts participating in the American Bar Association 2017 State and Local Government Law Spring CLE Conference will discuss challenging issues facing state and local governments around the nation, April 27-30 in St. Louis, Mo. Hot button legal topics include the death penalty, cybersecurity, education, grants, affordable housing, land use, private partnerships and remedies following protests in Ferguson, Mo.

2017 State and Local Government Law Spring CLE Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law

Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30

The Ritz-Carlton
100 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, Mo. 63105

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St. Louis University School of Law
100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63101

Program highlights include:

“Rushing to Execution — Ethical Issues and Procedural Barriers in Christeson v. Roper” — This panel will explore the ethical duties of lawyers who represent clients facing the death penalty, also the courts’ role in thoroughly examining the cases. The panel will use Christeson v. Roper to ground the discussion. Mark Christeson was executed in January 2017, though his intellectual disability was not considered on its merits by a federal court.
Thursday, 2:30 – 4:40 p.m.
Location: St. Louis University School of Law, 100 North Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63101

“From Brown to Brown: 60 years of Separate and Unequal Education”—This panel will explore questions, such as, Why do we still have racially separate and unequal schools more than 60 years after the Brown decision? The panel will discuss the legacy and challenges to the Brown v. Board of Education and the future of public education in America.
Thursday, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Ritz-Carlton, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, Mo. 63101 (Amphitheater)

“Centering Racial Equity in Local Criminal Justice Advocacy”—This panel will explore local policing, prosecution and other systemic changes that have been implemented and the work that remains following the protests in Ferguson, Mo., two years ago.
Saturday, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Ritz-Carlton, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, Mo. 63101 (Amphitheater)

This meeting is held in collaboration with the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. 

The complete agenda can be found online.

There is no charge for media covering this event but registration is required. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

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