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ACS Northeast Regional Student Convening, "The Future of Equality"

The American Constitution Society at Harvard Law School

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM (EST)

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The ACS Northeast Regional Student Convening will bring together Boston area lawyers and law students from across the Northeast to hear leading practitioners, government officials, judges, and academics discuss a progressive vision for the future of equality across a number of salient policy issues.

Registration includes: breakfast and coffee on Saturday and Sunday morning, lunch on Saturday, drinks and appetizers on Saturday night, and access to a weekend of fantastic speakers, exciting progressive thought, and regional networking!


Saturday, November 16, 2013




Welcome Address

Martha Minow – Dean of Harvard Law School 


Keynote Address

 Tony West – Associate Attorney General of the United States


Criminal Justice: Discretion, Mass Incarceration, and Defendants’ Rights

  • Moderator: Charles J. Ogletree – Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice; Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard         Law School
  • Ronald S. Sullivan – Director, Criminal Justice Institute; Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Andrew Crespo – Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Jessica Eaglin – Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, Justice Program 


Lunch and Student Breakout Sessions


Labor and Employment: from Unions after 2010 to Employment Discrimination

  • Moderator: Brishen Rogers – Assistant Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Shannon Liss-Riordan – Partner, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.
  • Michael Fischl – Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Lydia Edwards – Director, Legal Services and the Domestic Worker Law and    Policy Clinic at the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Boston



  • Moderator: Jon Hanson – Alfred Smart Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Ellen Weintraub – Chair, Federal Election Commission
  • Alicia Bannon – Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, Democracy Program
  • Bert Brandenburg – Executive Director, Justice at Stake



Featured Remarks

 Mo Cowan – former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts



Happy Hour and Regional Networking 

Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub in Harvard Square 

96 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 


Small Group Networking Dinners 

Sunday, November 17, 2013




Equality in the Internet Age: Privacy Law, Data Access, and the NSA

  • Moderator: Christopher T. Bavitz – Managing Director, Cyberlaw Clinic at the, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Clinical Instructor & Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
  • Judge James G. Carr – U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 2002-2008
  • Andrew Crocker – Legal Fellow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Alex Abdo – Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project



  • David H. Webber  Associate Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
  • Lauren Willis – Robert Braucher Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Lauren Guth Barnes – Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Max Weinstein – Clinical instructor, Predatory Lending & Consumer Protection Clinic, WilmerHale Legal Services Center











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When & Where

Harvard Law School, room WCC 2012
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM (EST)

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The American Constitution Society at Harvard Law School

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists and other concerned individuals who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law.

The Harvard Law School ACS Chapter is one of the largest and most active student organizations at the law school. Our chapter frequently hosts events and speakers featuring leading progressive scholars and practitioners. This year we are looking forward to hosting speakers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, New York Times columnist and Yale Law School professor Linda Greenhouse, SCOTUSBlog founder Tom Goldstein, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, and ACLU Women’s Rights Project Director Lenora Lapidus. Our chapter also hosts small group discussions with prominent progressive thinkers, and opportunities to meet with professors and practitioners.

Professor Michael Klarman is the faculty sponsor for the Harvard Law School ACS Chapter. Professor Klarman has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, which are primarily in the areas of Constitutional Law and Constititutional History. In 2009 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Professor Klarman’s first book, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 and received the 2005 Bancroft Prize in History. He is currently working on a revisionist history of the Founding.

ACS at Harvard Law School is closely connected with the Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR), the official journal of the ACS national organization. HLPR is a forum for substantive debate between progressive legal scholars and practitioners, designed to promote scholarship with a practical application to societal changes. This year, HLPR will be publishing two volumes focusing on elections in America and criminal justice.

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