SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, October 24, 2020
11:00-12:00 p.m. (ET) WHY BLACK LIVES MATTER: A CONVERSATION WITH DR. YUSEF SALAAM
• Dr. Yusef Salaam, Yusef Speaks
• Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Deputy Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
The “Central Park Five” was the label given to five innocent Black youth whom NYPD wrongfully charged for the rape of a White woman in Central Park in 1989. The Exonerated Five spent between seven to 13 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, until their sentences were overturned in 2002. Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five will discuss racially motivated policing, the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and how we arrived at this defining moment.
12:15-1:30 p.m. (ET) RACE IN LITIGATION: STORIES AND STRATEGIES
• Mary Bauer, Legal Director, Muslim Advocates
• Fareed Hayat, Professor, The City University of New York School of Law
• Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Deputy Director Council on American-Islamic Relations
• Akil K. Secret, The Secret Firm
• Nisreen Younis, Supervisor, Juvenile Unit at the Santa Clara County Public Defender
Experienced civil rights, criminal defense, and immigration attorneys share their perspectives on the role that race plays in our legal system. The panel will highlight common manifestations of racial disparities in the law, particularly in the criminal legal system, as well as existing and potential remedies to the problem. The speakers will also share novel legal arguments being made and how courts have responded.
1:30-2:00 p.m. (ET) LUNCH AND PRAYER BREAK
Reception Room Open
Meet other conference attendees for lunch in our interactive reception room.
2:00-3:15 p.m. (ET) RACE AND IMMIGRATION
• Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal and Advocacy Director, Project South
• Jama Ibrahim, Attorney, Ibrahim & RAO
• Sadia A. Ali, Al-Amin Law Group
• Hudaidah Bhimdi, Partner, Murray Osorio PLLC
This panel, featuring immigration litigators and experts, will discuss the role of race in selectively banning entry into the United States. Speakers will explore emerging issues and recent trends. Using case examples, speakers will discuss handling real-world problems in representing clients.
2:00-3:15 p.m. (ET) LINKING PROTEST: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
• Khaled Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University School of Law and Damon J. Keith Center for Social Justice | Co-Director
• Justin Hansford, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law
• Aya Saed, Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights
• Amer Zahr, Adjunct Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; Comedian, Writer, Speaker
Protest movements are a common way the will of the people has been on display, and the First Amendment provides critical protections for protesters. Panelists will survey the frontlines of the key legal challenges confronting protest movements and inequalities that spark political and social activism.
3:15-4:00 p.m. (ET) PRACTICE GROUPS BREAK OUTS
Interact with conference attendees in your practice area in our virtual reception rooms.
• Public Interest and Civil Rights (Sponsored by Muslim Advocates)
Facilitator: Matt Callahan, Senior Staff Attorney, Muslim Advocates
• Criminal Law: Prosecution and Defense
Facilitators: Sajid Khan, Deputy Director, Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender
Awais Khaleel, Assistant District Attorney, Dane County
• Solo and Small Firms
Facilitator: John Vandenberg, Founding Partner, Hogan & Vandenberg & NAML Board Member
• Big Law and In-House
Facilitators: Saba Alvi, Counsel, FlowServ, Inc. & NAML Board Member
Bilal Zaheer, Partner, Locke Lord LLP & NAML Treasurer
4:00-5:15 p.m. (ET) UNDERSTANDING, NAVIGATING, AND ENDING QUALIFIED IMMUNITY
• Lukman Azeez, Associate, Wiley Rein
• Amir Ali, Deputy Director, Supreme Court and Appellate Program MacArthur Justice Center; Director, Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic Harvard Law School
• Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center of Constitutional Rights
• Dr. Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law, Professor of History, and faculty director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School (invited)
The protests ignited by the killing of George Floyd have put the spotlight on the legal doctrine of qualified immunity. Although qualified immunity is not at issue in the prosecution of the Minneapolis police officer who killed Mr. Floyd, it is one of the many structural factors that make it difficult to hold law enforcement accountable for wrongdoing that violates a person’s constitutional and civil rights. The panel will outline the historical underpinnings of the qualified immunity doctrine; the current state of the doctrine; and potential ways to eliminate or reform the doctrine which Justice Sotomayor notes “tells officers that they can shoot first and think later.” Kisela v. Hughes, 138 S. Ct. 1148, 1162 (2018) (Sotomayor, J., dissenting).
4:00-5:15 p.m. (ET) BLACK WEALTH: RACE AND PROPERTY DEPRIVATION
• Khaled Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law Wayne State University School of Law and Damon J. Keith Center for Social Justice | Co-Director
• Jamila Jefferson-Jones, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri Kansas City
• Abed Awad, Founding Partner, Awad & Khoury, LLP
• Ajmel Quereshi, Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Property ownership is a prominent sign of American wealth. Yet, home ownership for black college graduates is lower than home ownership than white high school dropouts. In the South, a third of all black-owned land is heirs’ property, leaving the property vulnerable to speculators. The session will examine heir property, estate planning, tax foreclosures, and other racially motivated legal standards that lead to property deprivation in Black communities.
5:15-6:15 p.m. (ET) LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!
Join us for facilitated small-group discussions about intracommunity racism. Participants will share their stories of how racism has affected them, and groups will collectively discuss strategies toward addressing the problem.
6:15-7:00 p.m. (ET) CLOSING REMARKS AND NETWORKING
Open Letter to End Racial Violence
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