our events for the 2012/2013 academic year

HRA Presents: Human Rights Week, March 18 to 22, 2013

Monday: "Deaf in Prison: Illinois Department of Correction Litigation"
In collaboration with PROS' 50th Anniversary commemoration of Gideon v. Wainwright, Alan Mills of Uptown People's Law Center in Chicago will be opening up Winter 2013 Human Rights Week by speaking about his current litigation on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing prisoners in Illinois. There will also be a discussion of general prison conditions for prisoners with disabilities. Pie will be provided from Grand Traverse.
Cosponsors: PROS, Criminal Law Society
4:00-5:00, SH 1070
Tuesday: "International Disability Rights"
Join us for a panel discussion with three of Detroit’s greatest advocates. Pat Mussin will talk about her experience counseling Detroiters who suffer from mental illness. Chris Rodriguez will tell about his efforts to expand voting access for Detroiters with physical disabilities, and Professor Judith Levy will talk about important litigation regarding access to transportation. Lunch will be provided.
4:00-5:00, SH 1050
Wednesday: "Disabilities in Detroit"
Join us for a panel discussion with three of Detroit’s greatest advocates. Pat Mussin will talk about her experience counseling Detroiters who suffer from mental illness. Chris Rodriguez will tell about his efforts to expand voting access for Detroiters with physical disabilities, and Professor Judith Levy will talk about important litigation regarding access to transportation. Lunch will be provided.
Cosponsors: JD’s in the D, MELP, and PLS
11:45-1:00, HH 132
Wednesday: "Human Rights Week Presents My Left Foot, starring Daniel Day-Lewis"
Come see Day-Lewis in the role for which he won his first Best Actor Academy Award. This film tells the true story of Christy Brown, a man with cerebral palsy who only had control of his left foot. Movie snacks will be provided.
Cosponsors: MHLO
7:00-9:00pm, Lower Commons Media Room
Thursday: "Children and Youth with Disabilities"
Dohn Hoyle is the executive director of The Arc Michigan. His talk will focus on special education, guardianship, and other issues affecting children and youth with disabilities. Lunch will be provided.
Cosponsors: LACY and FLP
11:45-1:00, HH 132
Friday: "Keynote Address: Not There Yet"
Christine Hench is the Chief Operating Officer of JARC and a life-long advocate for persons with cognitive disabilities. She will give a history of the disability rights movement, with special attention to those areas that still need work. Harold Folkoff is a person served by JARC who will talk about his experiences living as an individual with a disability. Lunch will be provided.
Cosponsors: JLSA, OPIS, and ACLU
11:45-1:00, HH 220

HRA Presents: Human Rights Week, October 8 to 12, 2012

Monday: "International Detention and the Right to Counsel"
Jennifer Smith of the International Legal Foundation will speak about international detention issues, such as the right to counsel for indigent defendants abroad, particularly during pre-trial detention abuses, and the effect on mitigating detention abuses.
Cosponsors: ILS and MELSA
11:50-12:50, HH 138
Tuesday: "Border Patrol v. Bill of Rights: Racial Profiling at Immigration Stops"
Attorneys Mark Heller and Eugenio Mollo of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in Toledo, Ohio, will speak about their class action suit against Border Patrol for racial profiling and 4th amendment violations at immigration stops.
Cosponsor: MILLA
11:50-12:50, HH 138
Wednesday: "Trapped in the Foster Care System"
Khadija Walker-Fobbs of the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative will address legal issues and special challenges facing children in foster care. She will be joined by a youth speaker currently in the system, who will explain how law students can serve youth currently in and aging out of foster care.
11:50-12:50, South Hall 1020
Plus: Human Rights Week Reception at Dominicks, 4-6pm!
Thursday: "Coming Out, LGBT Political Power, and Legal Change"
In honor of National Coming Out Day, Professor Steven Sanders will discuss what it means to come out in 2012, the success of the LGBT movement and its effect on legal activism.
Cosponsor: Outlaws
12:10-1:10, South Hall 1225
Friday: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Calvin Duncan
After a wrongful murder conviction, Calvin Duncan was sentenced to life without parole at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, aka: Angola Prison. During his 29 years of incarceration, Mr. Duncan served as Inmate Counsel to the men on Death Row. He was finally released in 2011.
Cosponsors: MJR&L, PROS and Criminal Law Society
11:50-12:50 HH 138