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Liman Colloquium March 3-4 Will Examine Cooperation and Disagreement in Pursuit of Social Justice

The Fourteenth Annual Arthur Liman Colloquium, “Collaboration, Cooperation, and Confrontation: (En)Countering Disagreement in Pursuit of Social Justice,” will be held at Yale Law School on March 3-4, 2011. Current and former members of the executive and legislative branches will join advocates to examine their respective roles in serving the public interest. Topics include enabling access to justice, responding to environmental disasters, facilitating or discouraging migration, and encounters with the criminal justice system.

The event begins on Thursday, March 3, at 4:15 p.m., with a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of government service. On Friday, March 4, the colloquium continues to consider the promises and limits of cooperation, as well as the utilities of confrontation and conflict, among public and private actors. The subjects to be addressed are:

• Accessing Racial and Environmental Justice: From Katrina to BP
• Crossing Boundaries: Immigrants and Local, State, and Federal Governments
• Governing the Police and Policing Reentry; and
• Correcting Corrections

Speakers include Nan Aron (Alliance for Justice); Samuel Bagenstos (U.S. Department of Justice); Victor Bolden (City of New Haven); Jamie Fellner (Human Rights Watch); The Hon. Nancy Gertner (U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts); Michael Lawlor (State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management); Joanne Lin (American Civil Liberties Union); Anita Marton (Legal Action Center); Dennis Parker (American Civil Liberties Union); Jeffrey Robinson (NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund); Margo Schlanger (Department of Homeland Security); Virginia Sloan (The Constitution Project); Mark Templeton (Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust); Ashbel T. Wall, II (Rhode Island Department of Corrections); and Ron Weich (U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs). Participating from Yale Law School are Fiona Doherty, Elizabeth Esty, Lucas Guttentag, Doug Kysar, Tracey Meares, Hope Metcalf, Judith Resnik, Jeff Selbin, Kate Stith, and Michael Wishnie. Panels will also include current Liman Fellows Benji Plener (New Orleans Public Defender Office) and Sonia Kumar (ACLU of Maryland) and former Liman Fellows Lisa Daugaard (The Defender Association) and Eliza Leighton (CASA de Maryland).

Seven new Liman Fellows, all graduates of Yale Law School, have been selected to receive public interest fellowships in 2011-2012. The Fellows and their host organizations are: Robert Braun ’11, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services; Isabel Bussarakum’11, The Defender Association, Seattle, Washington; Elizabeth Compa ’11, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia; Daniel Mullkoff ’10, New York Civil Liberties Union; Diala Shamas ’11, Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) at CUNY School of Law; Emily Washington ’11, Louisiana Capital Assistance Center; and Seth Wayne ’11, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, Louisiana. Read more about the 2011-2012 Liman Fellows here.

The Liman Colloquium is co-sponsored by Yale Law School and the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program and is free and open to the public. For complete information, including the schedule, a description of the panels and speakers, and online registration, visit the Liman Colloquium website.