Access to Social Justice Symposium


September 12, 2018

1 - 6 pm

Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Access to Social Justice logoThe inaugural Access to Social Justice Symposium will convene experts at the cutting edge of social justice advocacy for a series of interdisciplinary panel discussions on access to justice. Leading members of the civil rights and criminal justice bar, legal tech innovators, community and faith leaders, and skilled investigators will come together over the course of an afternoon in a first-of-its-kind symposium at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, home of the Bluhm Legal Clinic.

On the cusp of its 50th anniversary, the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s mission is to train skilled, ethical, and public-spirited lawyers integral to a society that values and promotes justice. In an era of social change, the Clinic’s mission is more vital than ever, and this Symposium, co-hosted by the Clinic and the Action Injury Law Group, will continue to advance this goal.


Agenda


**Panelists to be announced as they are confirmed**

OPENING REMARKS AND WELCOME

Juliet Sorensen, Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law


Panel 1: INTERSECTION BETWEEN SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY ACTION

A discussion of key social justice issues facing our country and actionable steps to make a difference in our communities.

  • Father Michael Pfleger, Civil Rights Leader and Senior Pastor at Saint Sabina Community Church

Moderator:  Andrew M. Stroth, Civil Rights Attorney


Panel 2: CIVIL RIGHTS AND POLICE REFORM IN CHICAGO

A review of historic lawsuits that have fundamentally impacted civil rights in Chicago, including the Ford Heights Four v. the City of Chicago, Campbell v. the City of Chicago and LaPorta v. City of Chicago

  • Sheila Bedi, Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Antonio Romanucci, Romanucci & Blandin
  • Flint Taylor, People's Law Office

Moderator:  Alexa Van Brunt, MacArthur Justice Center


Panel 3: DISRUPTION – TECHNOLOGY, FINTECH AND THE LAW

A dialogue on how innovation can help maximize social justice in the digital age and shape the future practice of law.

  • Reuven Moskowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Litify, a leading legal software provider
  • Ari Kornhaber, Executive Vice President of Esquire Bank, a provider of innovative financial products for law firms
  • Andre Stuart21st Century Forensic Animations

Moderator:  Neal Sales-Griffin, Northwestern Law MSL Program Professor


Panel 4: KEYS TO AN EFFECTIVE INVESTIGATION

An interactive discussion on the keys to an effective investigation. 

  • Jamie Kalven, Founder of the Invisible Institute
  • John Conroy, Investigator with the MacArthur Justice Center
  • Andrea LyonCivil Rights / Death Penalty attorney and author

Moderator:  Juliet Sorensen, Bluhm Legal Clinic


Panel 5: THE SYSTEM AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE

An assessment of the current criminal justice system in Chicago and ways to advance access to social justice. 

  • Megan Church, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Partner at MoloLamken
  • Era Laudermilk, Deputy Public Defender
  • Eliza Solowiej, Executive Director, First Defense Legal Aid
  • Marny Zimmer, Special Prosecutor, Cook County State's Attorney

Moderator:  Lynn Cohn, Northwestern Law Negotiations Professor


POST EVENT RECEPTION

6 - 8 pm
Thorne Auditorium Lobby

Food, drink, and music

Sponsors


Proudly sponsored by: 

  • Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Action Injury Law Group
  • Esquire Bank
  • Litify

 

Questions? Contact Jennifer Lee at j-lee@law.northwestern.edu