Defending and Promoting Civil Rights in a Time of Coronavirus

Defending and Promoting Civil Rights in a Time of Coronavirus

Virtual Symposium via Zoom Webinar

The University of Miami School of Law, in partnership with the AALS Civil Rights Section, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), and the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review, is pleased to host a virtual symposium to discuss the civil rights challenges triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

 

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Academics, practitioners, students, alumni and members of the public are invited to attend.
There is no charge for participating, but advance registration is required.

SCHEDULE

12:00 pm ET: Opening Remarks

Anthony E. Varona
Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law
 

Elizabeth M. Iglesias
Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law
Chair, Civil Rights Section of the Association of American Law Schools
Chair, Constitutional Law Section, Hispanic National Bar Association

 

Keynote Address

Gerald Torres
Gerald Torres
Professor of Environmental Justice, Yale School of the Environment
Professor of Law, Yale Law School & Past-President of the Association of American Law Schools

1:00 pm - 2:10 pm
Panel 1: International and Comparative, states of siege, crimes of negligence, discriminatory policing, excessive use of force & terrorism

This panel will focus on civil rights issues exacerbated by the pandemic and the role of International legal institutions in protecting human rights, including the role of international courts, UN Special Rapporteurs, and the Inter-American system in securing applicable norms relating to states of siege, crimes of negligence, discriminatory policing, excessive use of force & domestic violence and terrorism. 
 

Moderator:
Elanny Lago

Vice President of the Cuban American Bar Association, University of Miami School of Law Student Chapter


Panelists:

Ben Davis
Professor of Law
Toledo College of Law


Heidi Gilchrist
Associate Professor of Legal Writing
Brooklyn Law School


Elizabeth M. Iglesias
Professor of Law
University of Miami, Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration


Caroline Bettinger-Lopez
Professor of Law, Director Human Rights Clinic & Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration, University of Miami


Rachel Lopez
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Community Lawyering Clinic
Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University
Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
 

2:10 pm - 3:20 pm
Panel 2: Police, surveillance, detention, incarceration, civil rights, and qualified immunity

This panel will focus on the way the pandemic has uncovered civil right issues arising out of detention, surveillance, crowd control practices and policies directed at immigrant populations and at protests against stay-at-home orders and in support of Black Lives Matter, including constitutional doctrines that reduce police accountability and pending legislation to increase it.


Moderator:
David Petrantoni

Secretary of the Society of Bar and Gavel
Member-Candidate of The Race & Social Justice Law Review
 

Panelists:

Gilbert P. Carrasco
Professor of Law
Willamette School of Law


Darren Hutchinson
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Professor of Law & Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair
University of Florida Levin College of Law


Danielle C. Jefferis
Assistant Professor of Law
California Western School of Law


Jalila Jefferson-Bullock
Associate Professor of Law
Duquesne University School of Law


Scott Skinner-Thompson
Associate Professor
University of Colorado Law School
 

3:20 pm - 4:30 pm
Panel 3: Inequality, education, employment, caregivers

This panel will focus on the way the pandemic has exacerbated civil rights issues arising from inequality and unequal treatment in employment, housing, education and access to justice, focusing specifically on its exacerbation of vulnerabilities based on race, disability, age, gender, class and occupations cast as “essential.”


Moderator:
Emely Sanchez

President of the Health Law Association


Panelists:

Sean Scott
President and Dean, California Western School of Law
California Western School of Law


Madeleine Plasencia
Law Professor
University of Miami School of Law


Lia Epperson
Professor of Law
American University, Washington College of Law


David Lopez
Co-Dean and Professor Alfred Slocum Scholar
Rutgers Law School


Leanne Fuith
Associate Professor
Dean, Career and Professional Development
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
 

4:30 pm - 5:25 pm
Panel 4: Immigrant — naturalized citizens, systemic racism, voting rights, public health rationing

This panel will focus on the civil rights issues the pandemic has exacerbated in and around the rights of citizenship, exclusion of immigrants, and treatment of native communities, including but not limited to citizenship based discrimination in access to federal relief and health benefits, mass deportations, discriminatory treatment of naturalized citizens, violations of voting rights and public health rationing.


Moderator:
Leandra Lopez

President of the Cuban American Bar Association, University of Miami School of Law Student Chapter


Panelists:

Raquel E. Aldana
Professor of Law & Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity
University of California at Davis


Samuel Bagenstos
Professor of Law
University of Michigan


Kathy Culliton-Gonzalez
Chair, Civil Rights Section
Co-Chair, 2020 Initiative
Hispanic National Bar Association


Ediberto Román
Professor of Law and Director of Citizen and Immigration Initiatives
FIU College of Law


Susan Serrano
Associate Director, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
Director of Research and Scholarship, Ka Huli Ao Center for
Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law


5:25 pm
Closing Remarks


Elizabeth M. Iglesias
Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law
Chair, Civil Rights Section of the Association of American Law Schools
Chair, Constitutional Law Section, Hispanic National Bar Association


5:30 pm
***Happy Hour Break Out***
Virtual Mojitos, Wine and Beer!
We will migrate from Webinar to Web-meeting Platform to
Network, Chat & Connect!
 

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Symposium Partners:

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Race and Social Justice Law Review

 

Symposium Co-Hosts:

ASIL
BLACKS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (BASIL)

 

Logo: HNBA

HNBA is deeply appreciative to the speakers for their valuable contributions and time commitment involved in this important presentation. HNBA is a non-partisan organization; therefore, any views or opinions expressed during this presentation do not necessarily represent the views of the HNBA.

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