Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones: McCullen v. Coakley, the Legislature's Response, and What the Future Holds

Come hear both sides of the Supreme Court's decision on McCullen v. Coakley. The panelists will include both sides of the case as well as a legislative representatitve who will discuss the status of abortion clinic buffer zones, and a better understanding of the First Amendment jurisprudence upon which the issue is based....
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Building Off Justice Brennan's Civil Rights and Constitutional Legacy: A Conversation with Michael Waldman

06/25/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Join us for a conversation with Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. Waldman is one of the nation’s most prominent public interest lawyers, and is an expert on the presidency, democracy and the Constitution. The Brennan Center is a leading legal voice on election law, Constitutional law, government reform and racial justice. The Boston Globe called the Center “indispensible.” Waldman has led the Center since 2005....
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A Discussion with the U.S. Attorney’s Civil Rights Enforcement Team

04/30/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz founded the Civil Rights Enforcement Team (“CRET”) in 2010. The U.S. Attorney will provide a brief overview of CRET’s history and mission followed by a presentation by CRET Co-Directors Sonya Rao and S. Theodore Merritt who will discuss CRET’s outreach, litigation and prosecution efforts....
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Bargaining, Race, and Globalization: How Baseball and Other Sports Mirror Collective Bargaining, Law and Life

04/07/2014 - 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Baseball, sparked by Jackie Robinson and his audacious bid to break the twentieth century color bar, was important in diminishing racial barriers in the United States, notwithstanding the unwritten quota which limited black participation in the game to only the most outstanding black American players until the 1970s. The game became truly desegregated toward the end of the 1970s until the past decade or two when the number of black players began to decline appreciably. The factors for this decline are numerous, but some of them can be effectively addressed by the NCAA by establishing parity between athletic scholarships available in the revenue-producing sports like football and basketball, and baseball. Globalization has been a factor in black American decline, and has been relied upon by MLB as it pursues new markets and revenue and labor sources, which have been more inexpensive than the American player pool....
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It Always Feels Like Somebody’s Watching Me: Senator Hedlund Discusses Proposed Drone Legislation

02/28/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Join the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Committee as we host State Senator Robert Hedlund for a lively discussion of his proposed legislation relating to the use and regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles, S. 1664. The use of drones by both private and public entities will have a major impact on individuals’ expectations of privacy, and Senator Hedlund has proposed one of the first pieces of legislation designed to regulate that usage....
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The Promise and Peril of "Big Data"

01/27/2014 - 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Our panelists will encourage us to think about whether current legal constructs (e.g., notions of privacy and liberty) are adequate to confront Big Data issues, or whether new constructs need to be developed. We will also explore the potential benefits of using Big Data to address social problems....
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Solutions for Refugee Children at Risk

12/09/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Join a provocative discussion with the leadership team from RefugePoint about the current field of forced migration with a focus on the serious gaps in child protection and potential solutions to their plight. RefugePoint is a leading international humanitarian organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that finds lasting solutions for the world's most vulnerable refugees....
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Senior Lawyers Authors Series: The Hanging Judge by Judge Michael A. Ponsor

12/03/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Join the Senior Lawyers Section as they welcome Judge Michael A. Ponsor to discuss his new novel The Hanging Judge. A discussion about his experiences as both a judge and an author will be followed by a Q&A session and a networking reception....
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Pursuing Erroneous Conviction Claims: From Complaint Through Trial

11/19/2013 - 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
This panel presentation – consisting of both plaintiff and Attorney General representatives – will discuss the latest caselaw and practice tips in this emerging area of the law. Topics will include initiating an erroneous conviction case and the applicable eligibility requirements, all aspects of discovery, and finally settlement or trial....
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Access to Justice: Beyond the Courthouse

11/12/2013 - 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
The Boston Lawyer Chapter, the New England School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Boston Bar Association Administration of Justice Section present: Access to Justice: Beyond the Courthouse. Professor and ACS National Board of Directors Chair Peter Edelman will discuss current access to justice issues....
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The Voting Rights Act: Past, Present, and Future

10/30/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
We'll have an informative and lively discussion on the past, present, and future of the Voting Rights Act and how to protect the right to vote. Along the way, we'll address questions such as how the recent changes to the Voting Rights Act impacts Massachusetts and the future of voting rights advocacy in the Commonwealth, the accuracy and significance of Chief Justice Robert's statement during oral argument that Massachusetts has the worst ratio of white to African-American voter turnout in the country, and the new battles of voting rights that are likely to take shape in the future....
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