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2017 Law Review Symposium: Poverty's Cost

Thursday, March 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
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On March 30, 2017, the UDC Law Review hosted its annual symposium at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. This year's symposium, Poverty's Cost: How Privatization, Profits, and Public Policy Place Higher Burdens on the Poor and People of Color, addressed the effects of current government policies on vulnerable communities, particularly the poor and people of color. Panels focused on the most relevant aspects of privatization under the new administration with a specific focus on three urgent matters that are impacting our communities: (1) privatization of the criminal justice system; (2) privatization of the education system; and (3) privatization of other areas of law including healthcare, housing, and disaster relief. Panelists discussed the ongoing impact of lobbying and legislative efforts to address these cost inequities, as well as public policies and strategies for countering these negative effects. See the symposium schedule below.

Poverty's Cost: How Privatization, Profits, and Public Policy Place Higher Burdens on the Poor and People of Color
March 30, 2017

10:00am – 10:15am | Opening Remarks

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

10:15am – 11:45am | Panel 1: Privatization of the Criminal Justice System
This panel will discuss the impact of privatizing the prison industry, as well as the effect that has on recidivism. This panel will also discuss the legal, social, and economic ramifications of contracting out a function historically performed by the government to for-profit companies with limited regulation.

  • Michelle Bonner, Executive Director, D.C. Corrections Information Council
  • Olinda Moyd, Chief, Parole Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Patrice Sulton, Professor of Law, George Washington University & Clinical Supervisor, D.C Law Students in Court Criminal Division
  • Moderator: Deborah Golden, Director, D.C. Prisoners' Rights Project, Washington Lawyers' Committee

11:45am – 12:30pm | Lunch Break

12:35pm – 12:45pm | Introduction of 2017-2018 Editorial Board

  • Tijuhna Green, Editor-in-Chief, UDC Law Review

12:45pm – 2:00pm | Panel 2: Privatization of Education
This panel will discuss the history of the education privatization movement including manifestations in Chile, Sweden, and the United. States. This panel will also discuss how education privatization is maintained and furthered through the reform policy discourse.

  • Samuel E. Abrams, Director, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education
  • Cristobal Rodriguez, Pd.D., Education Policy, Assistant Professor, Howard University School of Law
  • Tiffany Simmons, University Lecturer and Adjunct Professor, Howard University School of Law and American University Washington College of Law
  • Nantasha Williams, Organizer, Women’s March on Washington 2017
  • Moderator: Denisha Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Trinity Washington University & Associate Editor, UDC Law Review

2:15pm – 3:45pm | Panel 3: Privatization of Social Welfare Programs
This panel will discuss the privatization of social welfare programs including housing assistance, disaster relief, and healthcare. Panelists will discuss how the privatization of each of these industries will directly impact low-income communities and people of color.

  • Kasandra Dodd, M.S.W./LISCW, Office of Youth Empowerment (OYE), Young Women’s Project
  • Ben Smilowitz, Executive Director, Disaster Accountability Project
  • Sally Tyler, Senior Health Policy Analyst, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • Moderator: Norrinda Brown Hayat, Assistant Professor of Law & Director, Housing & Consumer Law Clinic, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Closing Keynote Address: The Poverty Industry

  • Introduction: Matthew I. Fraidin, Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Keynote Speaker: Daniel Hatcher, Professor of Law, Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic, University of Baltimore

5:00pm – 6:00pm | Reception


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