Symposium on Prisoners’ Rights in the Modern Era - January 2014
The Northeastern University Law Journal is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Symposium on Prisoners' Rights in the Modern Era in January 2014. In sponsoring this symposium, the Journal Staff hopes to continue its tradition of highlighting a relevant, yet nuanced social justice issue that is the focus of the work of many of Northeastern University's alumni, faculty, and law students. This symposium will feature speakers and a series of panels on a range of subtopics, all viewed under the modern lens. Anticipated topics include post-conviction access to legal representation, rights of LGBT prisoners and other special prison populations, implications of the prison privatization movement, and prisoner access to services during incarceration and upon release. Planning is well underway and more information will follow in the weeks to come.
Please stay tuned for more information!
Please join us for the Northeastern University Law Journal's annual symposium, Employed or Just Working? Rethinking Employment Relationships in the Global Economy. On March 22nd, academics, advocates, practitioners, businesspeople, and students gathered at the Northeastern University School of Law to hear distinguished speakers from across the country examine the limits of traditional employment relationships. The symposium addressed how law confers the status of "employee" to some workers and "independent contractor" to others, while forcing many individuals outside the protections of our legal system altogether.
We are honored to have a remarkable group of accomplished speakers and panelists. Dr. Richard Freeman, one of the world's leading labor economists, gave our introductory keynote address and provided some guiding insights for the day's activities. Jocelyn Jones, Deputy Chief of the Fair Labor Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, and Michael Felsen, New England Regional Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor, offered on-the-ground perspectives of the state and federal efforts to combat employee misclassification. Other distinguished speakers and panelists focused on cutting edge issues, including the triangulation of employment relationships through contracting and temp agencies, the exclusion of domestic workers from protections, and the misclassification of employees as interns.
We have initiated the process for editing the articles and other materials for the symposium.