Journal of Public Interest Law Symposium
PRISON REFORM: Progress, Policies & Practices
Friday, February 7, 2014
Loyola Law School
Room 308

Description:
The Prison Reform: Progress, Policies & Practices symposium takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 308 of the College of Law. It is free and open to the public. CLE Credit is available. The purpose of the event is to discuss and explore the different approaches to and methods of effecting prison reform and to create a dialogue between legal practitioners, community activists and others involved with reforming the prison system in the U.S.
Sponsored by Loyola’s Journal of Public Interest Law, the symposium will feature opening remarks from retired criminal court judge Miriam Waltzer, and a keynote address from activist Jackie Sumell, creator of Herman’s House, a project dedicated to the memory of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola Three. Wallace, along with Robert King and Albert Woodfox, spent decades in solitary confinement at Angola Prison in Louisiana for the murder of a prison guard. Wallace maintained his innocence and all three became the face of poor prison conditions in the U.S. Wallace passed away this in October, three days after being released. King was released in 2001 while Woodfox remains in Angola.

The morning session will include panels on litigation approaches and the reemergence of debtors' prisons. The afternoon session features panels on LGBT prisoners and Orleans Parish Prison & the Consent Decree.

Speakers:
Judge Miriam Waltzer
Mercedes Montagnes, Promise of Justice Initiative
Michael Bien, Rosen, Bien & Galvin
Alex Friedmann, Prison Legal News
Antonio Ponvert, III, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC
Sharon Dolovich, UCLA School of Law
Eric Balaban, ACLU National Prisoner Project
Lauren-Brooke Eisen, The Brennan Center for Justice
Chase Strangio, ACLU
Wes Ware, Break Out!
Giovanna Shay, Western New England University School of Law
Laura Coon, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Katie Schwartzmann, MacArthur Justice Center
Jacinta Gonzales, New Orleans Center for Racial Justice
Maggie Yates, Senior Advocate, MacArthur Justice Center

 

Schedule:

9:00 – 9:15am :  Opening Address: Judge Miriam Waltzer
9:15- 10:30am: Panel No. 1: Prison Reform & Litigation Approaches

   Mercedes Montagnes, Promise of Justice Initiative
   Michael Bien, Rosen, Bien & Galvin
   Alex Friedmann, Prison Legal News
   Antonio Ponvert, III, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC
   Moderator: Professor Imre Szalai

10:30-10:45am: Morning Break

10:45-Noon:   Panel No. 2: The Reemergence of Debtors’ Prisons
   Sharon Dolovich, UCLA School of Law
   Eric Balaban, ACLU National Prisoner Project
   Lauren-Brooke Eisen, The Brennan Center for Justice
   Moderator: Professor Andrea Armstrong

Noon- 1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30-2:45pm:  Panel No. 3: LGBT Issues & Prisons
   Chase Strangio, ACLU
   Wes Ware,  Break Out!
   Giovanna Shay,  Western New England University School of Law
   Moderator: Professor M. Isabel Medina

2:45-3:00pm:  Afternoon Break

3:00-4:15:   Panel No. 4: The Consent Decree: Orleans Parish Prison
   Laura Coon, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
   Katie Schwartzmann, MacArthur Justice Center
   Jacinta Gonzales, New Orleans Center for Racial Justice
   Maggie Yates, Senior Advocate, MacArthur Justice Center
   Moderator: Professor D. Majeeda Snead

4:15-5:00pm: Keynote Address: Jackie Sumell, New Orleans artist & activist, Herman’s House Project

CLE Credit:
Loyola has been approved by the Louisiana State Bar for CLE accreditation for this program, and we are giving 5 hours of CLE credit for attendance to Friday’s events.
 

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