Law Center speaking at Penn Law’s 2014 Sparer Symposium

Amy Laura Cahn will speak about the role of online activism in social and political movements at the Edward V. Sparer Symposium hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School on November 14, 2014.

This Symposium is an annual event held to commemorate the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer who was a Professor of Law and Social Policy at the Law School.  The Symposium brings together legal academics and practitioners to provide insight into the dynamic relationship between scholarship and practice in the area of poverty law, merging theory and practice. Students and alumni attend panels and meet with speakers, delving deeply into important issues of our time.

Ms. Cahn has worked on providing legal and advocacy support to community gardens and farms in historically dis-invested communities. She has been invited to bring her background in environmental justice issues to the Symposium’s discussion of what role online activism can play in social and political movements.

The Law Center is honored to be participating in the Symposium and looks forward to exploring this year’s highlighted topic alongside other panel members.

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Sparer Symposium 2014 Schedule:

8:30 am     Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am     Opening Remarks

9:15 am     #Change: The Role of Online Activism in Social and Political Movements

Amy Laura Cahn, Esq., Director, Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

Jennifer Ellis, Esq., Lowenthal & Abrams, and Jennifer Ellis, JD

Vincent Harris, CEO, Harris Media

Noah T. Winer, Senior Partner, Dragonfly Partners LLC

Guobin Yang, Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology, Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

10:30 am   Technology and Access to Legal Services

Claudia Colindres-Johnson, LawHelp Interactive Program Manager, Pro Bono Net

Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Program Director, Philadelphia Knight Foundation

Richard S. Granat, CEO at LawMediaLabs, Inc., President/CEO at DirectLaw, Inc.

Teri Ross, Program Director, Illinois Legal Aid Online

12:00 pm    Lunch

Keynote Speaker and Discussion: Mark O’Brien, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Net

1:00 pm     Innovating Impact: the Tension Between Regulation and Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development

Nicholas Ashford, Professor of Technology and Policy and Director of the Technology and Law Program, MIT

Alexis Bonnell, Director, Office of Engagement and Communications, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

Austin Choi, General Counsel, Kiva

Garrett Melby, Co-founder and CEO, GoodCompany Ventures

James D. Thompson, Co-Founder and Director of the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program, University of Pennsylvania

2:00 pm    To Regulate or Not to Regulate: Should Net Neutrality Be Required by Law?

Tom Koutsky, Chief Policy Counsel, Connected Nation

Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology

Kevin Werbach, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition

3:30 pm    Smile! You’re on Camera: The Solutions and Problems Caused by Police Body Cameras

Francis T. Healy, Esq., Advisor to the Police Commissioner, Police HQ

Justin Ready, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, The American Civil Liberties Union

Howard M. Wasserman, Professor of Law, FIU College of Law

5:00 pm     Reception

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