Berkeley Law Disability Rights Symposium 2012

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  • Conference Schedule

    Conference Schedule

    Conference Schedule

    The conference will take place from March 22 to March 23, 2012 at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

    The symposium will be preceded by an informal workshop open to the public, on Thursday, 12:45-3:30 p.m. in room 134, Boalt Hall.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

    Samuel Bagenstos | Professor of Law, University of Michigan | Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, 2009 - 2011 | “Olmstead, Class, and Race”

    Carrie Griffin Basas | Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University | “HIV Stigma/Sex(uality) Stigma”

    Schedule:

    Thursday, March 22

    12:45 - 3:30:

    Workshop: “Junior” scholars and lawyers will present papers or abstracts of papers in a peer review of approximately 20-minute presentations (including questions and comments). Students or other members of the public are welcome to observe and participate.

    Carly Munson | “Public School Choice: Reality or Myth for Students with Disabilities in California Charter Schools?

    Ly Ngo | “Disability Culture in Vietnam and the Legacy of Agent Orange”

    LaToya Jones Burrell | “So What’s Next?  Life After The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 for the Learning Disabled Law Student

    Neha Sampat & Esme` Grant | “The Aspiring Attorney with ADHD: Bar Accommodations or a Bar to Practice?”

    Emily Seymore | “Obesity as a Disability under the ADAAA and EEOC Regulations”

    Rabia Belt | “Are People with Mental Disabilities Truly Citizens?”

    Marielle Kriesel | “Avatar: Opening Pandora’s Box to a Post Human Future”

    Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry | “Concern and Human Rights” (tentative)

    4:00 - 5:00:

    Welcome: Arlene Mayerson

    Keynote: Samuel Bagenstos | “Olmstead, Race, and Class”

    5:15 - 6:00

    Roundtable Discussion: Michael Waterstone, Bill Lann Lee, and Eva Paterson | “A Comparison Between Disability and Other Civil Rights Lawyering”

    6:15

    Reception at Berkeley Law (sponsored by the Henderson Center for Social Justice)

    Friday, March 23

    8:30 - 9:00

    Registration & Buffet Continental Breakfast

    9:00 - 10:15

    "Conceptualizing Disability: A Comparative Approach to Disability Rights Law"

    Moderator: Silvia Yee

    Zanita Fenton | “The Political Reproduction of Subordination”

    Stephanie Ortoleva | “Access to Justice - Human Rights Law and Complex Identity Status”

    Anita Silvers and Leslie Pickering Francis | “Civil Rights and Group Needs: Curing Chronic Challenges to Affirmative Remedies for Disability Discrimination”

    Mark Weber | “Disability Civil Rights and Disability Human Rights: A Discussion and an Application to Some Issues of Welfare Law”

    10:30 - 11:45

    "Disability Rights Law in Practice"

    Moderator: Stephen Rosenbaum

    Barbara Graves-Poller | “When State Agencies Discriminate: Dismantling Stigma and Biases Embedded in Administrative Procedures”

    Kelly McAnnany, Aditi Kothekar Shah, and Mindy Friedman | “Disability Rights Advocacy in Diverse Communities — A Community Lawyering Approach to Civil Rights.”

    JoNel Newman | “Does the Language of Human Rights Theory Offer an Empowering Alternative for Disability Rights Advocates and Their Clients?”

    11:45 - 1:30

    BOXED LUNCH PROVIDED

    12:50 - 1:30

    Keynote: Carrie Griffin Basas | “HIV Stigma/Sex(uality) Stigma”

    1:45 - 2:45

    "Disability, Race, and Class in the Child Welfare System"

    Moderator: Wilda White

    Ella Callow | “The Indian Child Welfare Act & the Americans with Disabilities Act: Challenges at the Intersection of Native American and Disability Issues in Child Welfare Cases”

    Dale Margolin and Jennifer Mathis | “Effectuating the Rights of Parents with Mental Disabilities in the Child Welfare System”

    2:50 - 3:50

    "Disability, Race, Class, and Incarceration"

    Moderator: Wilda White

    Bill Fernholz | “Disability, Race and Incarceration: The Example of ADHD”

    David Green | “The ‘Invisible Child’: Race and Disability Collide at the Crossroads”

    Paula Pearlman and Shawna Parks | “More Than Just A Ramp: Systemic Disadvantage of People of Color with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System”

    4:00 - 5:15

    "Gender, Sexuality, and Disability"

    Moderator: Sue Schweik

    Janine Benedet and Isabel Grant | “Protection, Autonomy and Sex Equality: Capacity to Consent and Capacity to Testify in the Criminal Law of Sexual Assault and Women with Mental Disabilities”

    Claudia Center, Melanie Rowen, and Willy Wilkinson | “Disability Advocacy, Trans Advocacy:  Convergence and Opportunity”

    Elizabeth Pendo | “Disability, Equipment Barriers, and Women’s Health”

    Nicole Porter | “Kissing Cousins: The Common Bond Between Individuals with Disabilities and Women with Children”

    6:00

    Reception at the Ed Roberts Campus

  • MCLE

    MCLE

  • Symposium Poster

    Symposium Poster

  • Visiting UC Berkeley

    Visiting UC Berkeley

  • Registration

    Registration

    Registration

    Please register for the conference here.

    Registration is free but required by March 8, 2012. Donations are encouraged to offset the costs of the symposium. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Registration after March 8 will cost $15/person payable by check or cash only on the day of the event.

  • Presenters & Moderators

    Presenters & Moderators

    Presenters & Moderators

    Samuel Bagenstos | Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School/Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights

    Janine Benedet | Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Law

    Ella Callow | Legal Program Director, The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families, Through the Looking Glass

    Claudia Center | Senior Staff Attorney/Director, Disability Rights Program, The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center

    Zanita Fenton | Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

    Bill Fernholz | Appellate Program Director/Lecturer in Residence, University of California Berkeley, School of Law

    Mindy Friedman | Equal Justice Works Fellow, Disability Justice Program, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

    Isabel Grant | Professor of Law, University of British Columbia

    Barbara Graves-Poller | Staff Attorney, MFY Legal Services

    David Green | Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law

    Carrie Griffin Basas | Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University

    Bill Lann Lee | Attorney and shareholder, Lewis Feinberg Lee Renaker Jackson, PC/Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

    Dale Margolin | Associate Clinical Professor of Law/Director, Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic, University of Richmond School of Law

    Jennifer Mathis | Deputy Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

    Arlene Mayerson | Directing Attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

    Kelly McAnnany | Co-Director, Disability Justice Program, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

    JoNel Newman | Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education, University of Miami School of Law

    Stephanie Ortoleva | Attorney, BlueLaw International/Founder, Women Enabled

    Shawna Parks | Legal Director, Disability Rights Legal Center

    Eva Paterson | President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society

    Paula Pearlman | Executive Director, Disability Rights Legal Center

    Elizabeth Pendo | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

    Leslie Pickering Francis | Philosophy Department Chair, University of Utah

    Nicole Porter | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Professor of Law, University of Toledo School of Law

    Stephen Rosenbaum | Lecturer, Berkeley Law/Of Counsel, Law Office of Michael Sorgen

    Melanie Rowen | Public Interest Attorney Counselor, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)

    Sue Schweik | Associate Dean in the Division of Arts and Humanities / Director of Disability Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley

    Aditi K. Shah | Staff Attorney, Disability Justice Program, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

    Anita Silvers | Department of Philosophy Chair, San Francisco State University

    Michael Waterstone | Associate Dean for Research and Academic Centers/J. Howard Ziemann Fellow/Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

    Mark Weber | Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

    Wilda White | Executive Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)

    Willy Wilkinson | Writer/Public Health Consultant

    Silvia Yee | Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

  • Additional Information

    Additional Information

    Additional Information

    This event is wheelchair accessible. Please fill out the registration form to request any other required accommodations by March 15. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

    The symposium will take place at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), located on Bancroft Way between College Avenue and Piedmont Avenue. More details regarding room locations will be posted closer to the event. 

    Select articles will be published in the Berkeley Journal of Gender Law and Justice. Symposium materials will be posted on the website for those unable to attend.

     

     

  • Our Sponsors

    Our Sponsors

    Our Sponsors

    HOSTS

    Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

    Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice*

    PARTNERS

    Arts and Humanities Division*

    Berkeley Law*

    Boalt Disability Law Society

    Disability Studies*

    Social Sciences Division*

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    SUPPORTERS

    African American Studies Department*

    American Cultures Program*

    Berkeley Journal of Gender Law and Justice

    California Law Review

    Center for Race and Gender*

    Center for the Study of Law and Society*

    Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures*

    Gender and Women’s Studies Department*

    Human Rights Interdisciplinary Program*

    Legal Studies Program*

    Morrison Foerster

    Rhetoric Department*

    *University of California, Berkeley




  • Planning Committee

    Planning Committee

    Planning Committee

    Mary Lou Breslin | Senior Policy Adviser, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

    Claudia Center | Senior Staff Attorney, Director of the Disability Rights Program, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

    Samantha Groden | Student, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

    Arlene Mayerson | Directing Attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

    Katy Merk | Student, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

    Francis Nugent | Student, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

    Victoria Plaut | Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

    Stephen Rosenbaum | Disability Rights attorney and lecturer, University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Stanford University Law School

    Sue Schweik | Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities; Director of Disability Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley

    Jonathan Simon | Adrian A Kragen Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

    Shira Wakschlag | Skadden Fellow, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

    Wilda White | Executive Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

  • Conference Description

    Conference Description

    Conference Description

    REBRANDING DISABILITY RIGHTS LAW: THE INTERSECTION OF DISABILITY, GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS

    Our focus is on the intersection of disability and other civil rights constructs such as gender, class, race, sexuality, and ethnicity. Our goal is to “re-brand”the field of Disability Rights to encourage students, faculty, and attorneys to think of this (1) as a subset of the broader civil rights movement and (2) as part of the larger disability-related disciplines at the University. Professors Samuel Bagenstos and Carrie Griffin Basas will be the keynote speakers. With the recent funding of a Disability Initiative at UC, Berkeley, the opening of the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, and the continuing emphasis on clinical and interdisciplinary legal education, we hope this symposium will solidify the importance of Disability Rights within the curriculum at Berkeley Law and sister law schools as well as within attorney practice.”