Events

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Upcoming Events

Under “normal” circumstances, the Journal hosts a wide array of diverse and timely events. Until we can resume hosting events on GGU’s campus, we hope to see you at one of these editor-suggested events soon!

2020 Election Debrief: Practiced, But Not Perfect

TH, JAN 21
How well did our national election process perform during the 2020 Election and how could it be perfected? This webinar builds upon ABA programs held before the election to address topics including pre-election day voting methods, election administration, current litigation of election procedures and the pertinence of past election controversies. Commentators returning to this panel had warned about the “fog of elections” and whether under-represented voters had adequate access to voting during the pandemic.
The day after the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, this panel will pick-up on these themes, predictions and concerns with the goal of formulating improvements to the ABA’s Election Administration Guidelines and Commentary, last updated in August 2020 by the Standing Committee on Election Law, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Commission on Disability Rights, Senior Lawyers Division and Section of State and Local Government Law. The ABA recommends that “all election officials ensure the integrity of the election process through the

Speakers:

  • Nancy Abudu – Deputy Legal Director, Southern Poverty Law Center; Member, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law
  • Charles H. Bell, Jr. – Senior Partner, Bell, McAndrews and Hiitachk, LLP; Member, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law
  • Jacqueline De León – Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund (NARF); Member, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law
  • Hon. Mark D. Martin (ret.) – Dean and Professor of Law, Regent University School of Law
  • Hon. John R. Tunheim – Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota; Member, ABA Government and Public Sector Laywers Division
  • Elizabeth Yang (Moderator) – Chair, Elections and Voting Rights Committee, Section of State and Local Government Law

Using the Clery Act Where the New Title IX Regulations Fail

WD, JAN 27
The new Title IX regulations issued during the Fall of 2020 under the Trump administration have been criticized for leaving gaps in protections for survivors of campus-based gender violence. This webinar will review how the Clery Act, which addresses gender violence in higher education, can be used as a stop-gap measure to prevent colleges and universities from disenfranchising survivors from their rights and options to participate in campus disciplinary process addressing their reports of intimate partner violence, sexual misconduct, and stalking.

Speakers:

  • Laura L. Dunn, Founder, SurvJustice; Founding Partner, L.L. Dunn Law Firm
  • S. Daniel Carter, President, Safety Advisors for Educational Campuses, LLC
  • Joshua Medina, Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator, National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)

LGBTQ+ Employment Discrimination Claims in Practice

WD, FEB 10
Recent advancements in LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination law have come at a time of significant change for the federal and state judiciaries and administrative agencies. This training will briefly review the current substantive law of LGBTQ+ workplace rights before turning to the procedural and practical considerations of representing LGBTQ+ clients. Participants will gain an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and of bringing suit in federal and state court. They will also learn how to issue spot other work-related legal claims that often accompany charges of LGBTQ+ discrimination.

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Kristen is the Director of the Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program and a senior staff attorney at Legal Aid at Work (“LAAW” — formerly known as Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center).
  • Jeff Kosbie (he/him) is an associate at Gibbs Law Group where he represents plaintiffs in class actions and other complex lawsuits involving consumer protection, securities fraud, and employment law.
  • Jared Odessky (he/him) is a Skadden Fellow in Legal Aid at Work’s Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights Program. Jared advises workers who face discrimination and harassment based on their sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity, with a focus on representing low-wage LGBTQ workers in underserved areas in California.

Registration:

https://www.balif.org/event-4102079   Presented in coordination with Legal Aid at Work, The Impact Fund, and Squire Patton Boggs Questions? Email programs@balif.org.


Past Events

The Individual and the State: A Conversation on Dignity and the Law

TH, JAN 14

A new area of law burgeoning across the globe, including the United States, Dignity Law addresses every important aspect of the human experience, revealing how the law reflects and embraces the equal and inalienable worth of every human being. Join us for an engaging conversation to celebrate the publication of the first casebook on Dignity Law and a companion book that provides an Advanced Introduction of Human Dignity and Law. Through an examination of global jurisprudence and constitutionalism, the authors reveal a strong overlapping consensus surrounding the meaning of human dignity as a legal right and a fundamental value of nations large and small, and how this global jurisprudence is redefining the relationship between individuals and the state.


Speakers:

  • Hon. Bernice B. Donald – Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Erin Daly – Professor of Law, Delaware Law School; Executive Director, Dignity Rights International
  • James R. May – Distinguished Professor of Law and Co-Founder, Dignity Rights Project, Delaware Law School; Co-Founder, Environmental Rights Institute, Delaware Law School

“Why Does No One Like Me?”

An Inside Look at the Lawsuits Challenging HUD’s 2020 Disparate Impact Rule

TH, JAN 7

In 2015, the Supreme Court confirmed that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. In response to the Court’s ruling, HUD announced its intention to review and revise its existing regulation concerning disparate impact claims. After receiving more than 45,000 comments, HUD published its new Disparate Impact rule on September 24, 2020 (the “2020 Rule”). The 2020 Rule was immediately challenged in three separate lawsuits, and was promptly enjoined by one court, after finding “no doubt that the 2020 Rule weakens disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act.” In this webinar, the lead lawyers for each of the three lawsuits will discuss their respective cases, the legal bases for their challenges to HUD’s 2020 Rule, and where the cases may be headed.


Speakers:

  • Sasha Samberg-Champion – Counsel, Relman Colfax PLLC
  • Lauren Sampson – Staff Attorney, Lawyers for Civil Rights
  • Thomas Silverstein – Counsel, Fair Housing & Community Development Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Moderator:

Stephen M. Dane – Founder and Senior Attorney, Dane Law LLC

Registration:

https://americanbar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_16GuNTKKTcOoyi2wWCQCFg