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Sparer Symposium 2010

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29th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium

 March 19, 2010

Now More Than Ever:
Expanding Access to Justice in Times of Crisis

Schedule of Events

9:00 a.m.  WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

  • Michael A. Fitts, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, Penn Law School

9:15 a.m.    Fulfilling Gideon’s Promise:  Expanding Access to Criminal Legal Services

  • Moderated by: Malia Brink, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Charles Cunningham, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Robin Dahlberg, ACLU Racial Justice Program
  • Jonathan Rapping, Southern Public Defender Training Center
  • Abbe Smith, Georgetown University Law Center 

11:00 a.m.   And Justice for Some?:  Expanding Access to Civil Legal Services

  • Moderated by:  Yolanda Vasquez, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Laura Abel, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Jeanne Charn, Harvard Law School
  • Alan Houseman, Center for Law and Social Policy

12:30 p.m.   Lunch       

1:00 p.m.     KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Maximizing Efficiencies:  Leveraging the Skills of Staff Specialists and Legal Volunteers, Peter Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center

2:00 p.m.     Taking Inventory:  Innovative Uses of Existing Resources

  • Best Practices for Pro Bono Collaboration
    • Suzanne Turner, Dechert, LLP
    • Sara Woods, Philadelphia VIP 
  • Maximizing Efficiencies: Leveraging the Skills of Staff Specialists and Legal Volunteers
    • Irfana Anwer, Ayuda Community Legal Interpreter Bank
    • Amal Bass, Women’s Law Project 
    • Dana Cook, Defenders Association of Philadelphia
  • Meeting All Needs: Models for Holistic Advocacy
    • Ariane Eigler & Robin Steinberg, The Bronx Defenders
    • Rená Cutlip-Mason & Allison Medina, Tahirih Justice Center

4:00 p.m.     Sparer Symposium Reception Featuring Remarks by Special Guest,

 The Honorable Tomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice

 

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