Monday April 22, 2013

10:00am-5:00pm EST

American University Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Room 603

Washington DC  20016

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To register to attend in-person, visit https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration. Registration for this event is free and includes lunch and a reception.

Presented by the American University Washington College of Law (AU/WCL) Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, and the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law

This day-long conference will focus on the growing use of human rights law in local and state advocacy by legal aid attorneys and juvenile public defenders in the U.S.  Panels will range from clients and advocates sharing their experiences of fighting for human rights protections in the U.S., to a discussion of how to spread and strengthen the movement to use human rights law in local advocacy.

Draft Agenda

 

10:00am-10:15am      Welcome & Agenda Overview

  • Hadar Harris, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law

10:15am-10:30am      Opening Remarks

Professor Martha F. Davis, Northeastern University School of Law

10:30am-12:00pm      Session 1 – The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project

An introduction to the Project, including an overview of local human rights resources and trainings available to legal aid attorneys and public defenders.

  • Lauren Bartlett, Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law
  • Wilhelm Joseph, Executive Director, Maryland Legal Aid
  • Nelson Mock, Human Rights Coordinator, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  • Reena Shah, Human Rights Project Director, Maryland Legal Aid
  • Moderator: Hadar Harris, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law

12:00pm-12:15pm       Break/Lunch Served

12:15pm-1:45pm         Session 2 – Stories from the Ground Floor: Fighting for Human Rights Protections in the U.S.

Clients and attorneys share experiences with human rights at the local level.

  • Ella Broadway, Client, Maryland Legal Aid
  • Tim Curry, Managing Attorney, National Juvenile Defender Center
  • Nathaniel Norton, Human Rights Project Director, Maryland Legal Aid
  • Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights and Children’s Rights Programs,
    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

    Moderator: Professor Richard Wilson, Human Rights Clinic Director, American University Washington College of Law

1:45pm-2:00pm         Break

2:00pm-3:30pm         Session 3 – Where do we go from here?

Group discussion focused on how to spread and strengthen the movement to use human rights law in local advocacy in the U.S.

  • Kevin Cremin, Director of Litigation for Disability and Aging Rights, MFY Legal Services, Inc.
  • Maha Jweied, Senior Counsel, DOJ Access to Justice Initiative
  • Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
  • Nelson Mock, Human Rights Coordinator, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  • Reena Shah, Human Rights Project Director, Maryland Legal Aid
  • Moderator: Lauren Bartlett, Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law

3:30pm-5:00pm         Networking Tea

5:00-7:00pm              Reception for the Human Rights Brief, at the WCL Residence