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Law Review Symposium: DC Democracy in the Time of Trump

Wednesday, April 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
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On Friday, April 14, the UDC Law Review hosted a symposium at the School of Law, DC Democracy During the Time of Trump: 51 and 45! This was the Law Review's second symposium this spring, following its Poverty's Cost symposium held in March 2017. The day-long DC Democracy symposium focused on the potential threats to the District of Columbia created by the 2016 election given that the newly elected administration and the Republican-controlled Congress have voiced significant opposition to many of the District's progressive policies and its pursuit of statehood. Topics for the symposium included:

  • Areas in the District of Columbia which are at-risk under the new administration
  • Strategies to advance the District of Columbia's autonomy
  • Congressional voting rights for District of Columbia residents
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia and the Tennessee Plan
  • Pursuing enactment of progressive legislation (e.g., paid family leave; campaign finance)
  • Charter Amendments (e.g., placing courts under local authority)

The symposium panels were live-streamed on the School of Law's Facebook page. View the event schedule and program below.

DC Democracy During the Time of Trump: 51 and 45!
Friday, April 14, 2017

Click here to read about the panelists in our event program (pdf)

10:00 am – 10:05 am – Opening Remarks/Welcome

  • Dean Shelley Broderick, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

10:05 am – 10:25 amOpening Keynote: A Discussion of the New Columbia Constitution, Introduction by Claude Bailey, Partner, Venable LLP

  • Beverly Perry, Senior Advisor, Executive Office of the Mayor

10:30 am - 12:00 pmPanel 1: Protecting the District from Congressional Incursions: Affirmative Strategies and Defensive Maneuvers

  • Moderated by Robert Spagnoletti, CEO, D.C. Bar
  • Betsy Cavendish, General Counsel, Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Natalie Ludaway, Chief Deputy Attorney General, District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General
  • Mark H. Tuohey, Director, Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel

12:15 pm – 1:00 pmLuncheon Keynote

  • Wade Henderson, President & CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

1:15 pm – 2:45 pmPanel 2: Offense v. Defense: A Risk Analysis of DC Democracy in 2017

  • Moderated by Dean Shelley Broderick
  • Jon Bouker, Chair, DC Appleseed and Partner, Arent Fox LLC
  • Mary Cheh, D.C. Council Member, Ward 3
  • Eugene Kinlow, Director of Federal and Regional Affairs, Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Bo Shuff, Director of Advocacy and Engagement, D.C. Vote
  • Walter Smith, Executive Director, DC Appleseed

3 pm – 4:15 pmPanel 3: The Social implications of DC Statehood through the Eyes of Journalists

  • Moderated by Sen. Paul Strauss, Shadow Senator, District of Columbia
  • Martin Austermuhle, Multimedia Reporter, WAMU
  • Aaron Davis, Reporter, Washington Post
  • James Wright, Reporter, Washington AFRO - American Newspaper

 4:30 pm – 5:00 pmCapstone Address

  • Jamie Raskin, U.S. Representative, 8th District of Maryland

 5:00 pm – 6:30 pmReception


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