Introduction

Community Days: Law in Context

august 2020

fri14aug(aug 14)9:15 ammon17(aug 17)2:50 pmCommunity Days: Law in Context

Community Days Law in Context

Time

9:15 am - 2:50 pm

Event Details

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020

9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks 
Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President, NYLS

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion: The American Lawyer: Practicing Law in a Multicultural Society 
Moderator: 
Dean Anthony W. Crowell
Panelists:
Rebecca Medina ’15, Partner, Law Office of Brill & Medina, LLP
Ross F. Moskowitz ’84, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Member, Board of Trustees, NYLS
Katherine E. Smith ’07, Owner, The Law Office of Katherine E. Smith
Hon. Marc Whiten ‘84, Judge (Ret.), New York City Criminal Court; Special Advisor to the Dean; Adjunct Professor of Law; Member, Board of Trustees, NYLS; Former President, NYLS Alumni Association

10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 
Break

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Small Group Discussions

12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Structural Racism and American Law 
Moderator: 
William P. LaPiana, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Engagement and Rita and Joseph Solomon Professor of Wills, Trusts and Estates, NYLS 
Panelists: 
Lenni B. Benson, Distinguished Chair in Immigration and Human Rights Law, NYLS
Edward A. Purcell, Jr., Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law, NYLS

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Small Group Discussions

Weekend Assignment
Movie: “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality”


MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020

9:30 a.m.–9:50 a.m.
Introduction to Day 2
Professor Kirk D. Burkhalter ’04, Co-Chair, Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, NYLS

9:50 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
The People’s Lawyers: What They Do and How They Make a Difference
Moderator: 
Professor Penelope Andrews, Co-Director Racial Justice Project, NYLS; President, Law and Society Association
Speaker: 
Professor Alvin Bragg, Former Chief Deputy Attorney General, New York State; Co-Director, Racial Justice Project, NYLS

10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Break 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Private Practice Lawyers: What They Do and How They Make a Difference
Moderator: 
Ann F. Thomas, Otto L. Walter Distinguished Professor of Tax Law; Director, Graduate Tax Program; Co-Chair, Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, NYLS
Panelists:
Meryl R. Lieberman ’81, Partner Emerita and Special Counsel, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP; Member, Board of Trustees, NYLS
Geraldine Ortiz ’99, Vice President, Tax Information Reporting Policy & Compliance, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Victor Suthammanont ’05, Senior Trial Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 
Errol B. Taylor ’87, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Member, Board of Trustees, NYLS

12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: The Fight for Justice Demands Rigorous Discourse and Debate
Moderator: 
Dean Anthony W. Crowell 
Panelists: 
Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor, Emerita, NYLS; Former President, ACLU (1991–2008)
Professor Penelope Andrews, Co-Director, Racial Justice Project, NYLS; President, Law and Society Association 

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Small Group Discussions

2:30 p.m. –2:50 p.m. 
Closing Comments and Remarks 
Dean Anthony W. Crowell and Arthur N. Abbey ‘59, Chair, Board of Trustees, NYLS 

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