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 on January 31, 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.
Registration and Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00
Welcome 9:00 – 9:05
Introduction 9:05 – 9:20
·Daniel Medwed is a Professor of Law for Northeastern University School of Law. In both his research and pro bono work, Daniel focuses on the topic of wrongful convictions.
Keynote Speech 9:20 – 10:00
·Fernando Bermudez is an international and motivational guest speaker on wrongful convictions. Fernando was exonerated on actual innocence grounds in 2009 after having spent over 18 years in prison as an innocent man.
Topic 1: Access to Post-conviction Legal Representation 10:10 – 11:10
·Patty Garin is a Partner at Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg, and Garin and an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University School of Law where she teaches in the Prisoners’ Rights Clinic.
·Wally Holohan is a Clinic Professor for Northeastern University School of Law, where he has taught the Prisoners’ Rights Clinic since its inception in 1979. He has nearly 40 years of experience representing prisoners before the Massachusetts Parole Board.
·Michael Tumposky is a Partner at Hedges & Tumposky LLP and an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University School of Law where he teaches Criminal Trial Practice and coaches the National Trial Competition team.
·Andrew Pappone is a staff attorney with the New England Innocence Project. Andrew represents people in prison with claims of actual innocence across New England and works on criminal justice policy reform in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Breakout Sessions 11:20 – 12:20
·Access to post-conviction legal representation (continuation of the first panel)
·Gender and Sexuality in the Prison Context (beginning the conversation for the second panel)
LUNCH 12:20 – 1:20
Topic 2: Gender and Sexuality in the Prison Context 1:20 – 2:20
·Flor Bermudez is the Director of Mental Health Advocacy Project at Lawyers for Children. In 2010, Northeastern University School of Law awarded Flor with the Daynard Public Interest Fellowship.
·Giovanna Shay is a Professor of Law at Western New England University School of Law. Giovanna is a Member and past Co-Chair of the Corrections Committee of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.
·Chase Strangio is a Staff Attorney with the LGBT & AIDS Project of the ACLU. Chase served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives at the Syliva Rivera Law Project. In 2012, Chase founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund.
·Alisha Williams is a Staff Attorney with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the Director of its Prisoner Justice Project.
Topic 3: The Effects of Privatization of Prisons on Prisoners 2:30 – 3:30
·David Siegel is a Professor of Law and Co-Director for the Center for Law and Social Responsibility at New England Law School. David is a Founding Board Member of the New England Innocence Project.
·Robert Jack is a Staff Attorney with the Human Rights Defense Center where he litigates First Amendment, public records, and prisoner death and injury cases nationwide.
·Dr. Saby Ghoshray is founder and President of Interdisciplinary Studies who consults on post-conviction review at both penalty and appellate review phases.
Breakout Sessions 3:40 – 4:40
·Access to medical services
·The Effects of Privatization of Prisons on Prisoners (continuation of the third panel
·Services Available to Persons while in Prison and after Release (beginning the conversation for the final panel)
Topic 4: Services Available to Persons while in Prison and after Release 4:50 – 5:50
·Leslie Walker is Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services. Prisoners’ Legal Services provides civil legal assistance to Massachusetts state and county prisoners.
·Haywood Fennell, Sr. is the Founder of Tri-Ad Veterans League, Founder of the Stanley Jones Clean Slate Project, and award winning Published Author of the Coota Book series and Playwright.
·Gabriel Arkles is a Legal Research and Writing Professor for Northeastern University School of Law. Gabriel’s research interests include the intersection of gender, race, and disability in criminal law and punishment.
Reception 6:00 – 7:30
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.