October 23, 2012

IRR News Report

Spring 2007

Effecting Change: A Summit on Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and Social Justice April 16-17 in Washington, D.C.

Please join the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy for a summit on civil rights, civil liberties, and social justice issues. The conference will bring together lawyers from across the country who work on or are interested in issues of civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice matters. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and debate important legal issues, and establish resources and develop strategies for policy development and legislative activities by the bar. The keynote speaker for the event will be ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero.

Conference plenaries will feature expert panels presenting on over-arching issues such as civil liberties and national security. Break-out sessions will offer in-depth discussions about the most pressing federal and state-based issues in areas such as immigration, women’s rights, access to courts, and criminal justice matters.

Speakers for the Summit will include Mark Agrast, Fellow, Center for American Progress; David Berger, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director, GLAD; Denise Cardman, Acting Director, ABA Governmental Affairs Office; Julie Fulcher, Director of Washington Office and Director of Public Policy, Break the Cycle; Steven Fishbach, Senior Attorney, Rhode Island Legal Service; Sondra Goldshein, State Strategies Attorney, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project; Dalia Hashad, Director, USA Program, Amnesty International; Kay Hodge, President-elect, National Conference of Bar Presidents; Helene T. Krasnoff, Staff Attorney, Planned Parenthood of America; Jill Morrison, Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center; Maureen Murphy, Murphy Murphy & Nugent; Daria Neal, Director, Environmental Justice Project, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights; Gene Polinski, Vice President and Executive Director, First Amendment Center; Robin Runge, Director, ABA Commission on Domestic Violence; James Sandman, President, D.C. Bar Association; Justin Shur, Asst. District Attorney for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; Virginia Sloan, President, Constitution Project; Ron Tabak, Skadden Arps; Ben Wilson, Beveridge & Diamond P.C.; Paul Wolfe, Public Defender, Montgomery County, Maryland.


Schedule of Events

Monday, Apr. 16, 2007

11:30 a.m.-Noon


1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Anthony Romero

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Plenary panel: Legislative Landscape and Its Effect on Social Policies

3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions on Immigration, Women’s Issues, and the First Amendment

4:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m.



Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2007

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Plenary panel: National Security and Civil Liberties

10:45 a.m.-Noon

Breakout Sessions on Health Rights and Bioethics, Access to Courts, and the Death Penalty

1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions on Environmental Justice, Criminal Justice Matters, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Plenary panel of state bar leaders discussing “best practices” for social change advocacy.


The summit will be held at The Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.