Race and Access to the Justice System 2014

The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics

cordially invites you to

Race and Access to the Justice System

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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9:15 am Welcome and Introductions
Featuring- Prof. Michael Frisch

9:30am Civil Law Ethics & Race Panel
Featuring - The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Steven H. Schulman,
James J. Sandman, and Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky

11:00 am Breakfast Discussion

11:30 am Criminal Law Ethics & Race
Featuring- Prof. Abbe Smith, Prof. Anthony Alfieri, Prof. Tucker Carrington, Prof. Bruce Green,
Assoc. Prof. Babe Howell, and Assoc. Prof. Anil Kalhan

Join the conversation!  #EthicsSym2014,  #RaceandAccess

The Symposium will focus on both criminal and civil proceedings, including jury trials and prosecutorial ethics, access to justice and legal services, and representation for minorities. The topic is in part derived from Justice Sotomayor's comment in the denial of cert in Calhoun v. US, as well as the work of GULC professors Abbe Smith, Paul Butler, and others. GJLE will publish the papers and commentaries produced by participants in a special Symposium Fall issue of Georgetown of Legal Ethics, which will be Issue 4 of our Volume XXVII. 

Speaker Biographies

Anthony AlfieriAnthony V. Alfieri, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service, and the Founder of the Historic Black Church Program, at the University of Miami School of Law where he teaches civil procedure, ethics, professional liability and lawyer malpractice, public interest law and leadership, and social entrepreneurship. He has published more than 70 articles, essays, and editorials on ethics, criminal justice, poverty law, and the legal profession in leading journals and book anthologies. His work has been cited widely in books, law journals, and the media.

He is a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College's Ethics Institute and at Brown University's Department of Africana Studies. Professor Alfieri will be a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law in 2015.



Paul ButlerProfessor Paul Butler researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. His scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review (two articles), the Stanford Law Review and the UCLA Law Review (three articles).  He is the author of the widely reviewed "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice," which received the Harry Chapin Media award. Professor Butler is one of the nation's most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice.

His scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media.   His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and The ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News, among other places. Professor Butler has written a column for The Legal Times and has published numerous op-ed articles and book reviews, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Daily Beast. He lectures regularly for the American Bar Association and the NAACP, and at universities and community organizations. Professor Butler has been awarded the Soros Justice Fellowship.   He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2003. Professor Butler was the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. He also served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. He was awarded the Professor of the Year award three times by the GW graduating class.  Professor Butler has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. His prosecutions included a United States Senator, three FBI agents, and several other law enforcement officials. While at the Department of Justice, Professor Butler also worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting drug and gun cases.  Professor Butler is a cum laude graduate of Yale, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.   He clerked for the Hon. Mary Johnson Lowe in the United States District Court in New York, and then joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in white collar criminal defense.


Anna Blackburne-RigsbyJudge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was nominated by President George W. Bush to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in August 2006. She chairs the District of Columbia Courts' Standing Committee on Fairness and Access, and serves as Co-Chair of the District of Columbia's Access to Justice Commission.  She is also the President of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ).

Prior to her appointment to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and served from 2000-2006.  Judge Blackburne-Rigsby previously served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1995-2000. She has taught Trial Advocacy at the Harvard Law School and teaches Professional Responsibility as an Adjunct Professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia.  She has also taught Continuing Legal Education courses for the District of Columbia Bar.She is a former Chair of the Washington Bar Association's Judicial Council.  In addition to her work with the National Association of Women Judges, she also serves as Chair of the Board of Managerial Trustees for the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).  In March of 2006, Judge Blackburne-Rigsby represented the IAWJ at a Judicial Conference in Turin, Italy, where she delivered a speech on Racial Equality in the Workplace at the Lavoro dei Migranti e Discriminazione Convegno.  In 2003, she traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in a conference of the African Judicial Network.  Through her work with these organizations, Judge Blackburne-Rigsby has sought to promote the rule of law and equal access to justice. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby's volunteer and community service is not just limited to legal and judicial activities.  Among other things, she has served on the D.C. Rape Crisis Board; she is the former President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Links, Inc.; and a lifelong member of the NAACP.  She served as a Sunday school teacher at Shiloh Baptist Church and coached the girls' basketball team of St. Gabriel's Church.  Judge Blackburne-Rigsby has received awards for her legal, judicial and community service, including the Business and Professional Women's League "Sojourner Truth Award."



Tucker CarringtonProfessor Tucker Carrington is the founding director of the Mississippi Innocence Project (MIP) and Clinic at the University of Mississippi School of Law. MIP's mission is to identify, investigate and litigate actual claims of innocence by Mississippi prisoners, as well as advocate for systemic criminal justice reform. To that end, MIP drafted and helped to pass into law the State's first-ever DNA preservation and post-conviction testing statute, as well as the State's first compensation legislation to aid those who have been wrongfully convicted.

Professor Carrington was an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown Law Center, a trial and supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and a visiting clinical professor at Georgetown. MIP's work has been covered in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and National Public Radio, among others. In 2010 Professor Carrington co-directed the documentary film Mississippi Innocence, which was featured selection of the American Constitution Society and screened at law schools around the country. Professor Carrington writes frequently about criminal justice issues, including wrongful convictions and legal ethics. His work has appeared in The Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, and the Mississippi Law Journal. He also serves as an adviser to the American Law Institute's re-drafting of the Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses; as teaching faculty for Gideon's Promise, a public defender training program for lawyers in the Deep South; and co-chairs the Ethics and Best Practices Committee for the Innocence Network.



Michael FrischProfessor Michael Frisch is the Ethics Counsel, Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Case Western Reserve University and his law degree from Georgetown. He previously was senior assistant bar counsel to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He was in private practice from 1978-84 and assistant federal public defender for Maryland from 1975-78. Professor Frisch worked as a research assistant for the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973 and 1974. Prof. Frisch is also the co-editor of the Legal Profession Blog, which was named to the ABA Journal's inaugural "Blawg 100 Hall of Fame" in 2012.

Bruce GreenBruce A. Green is the Louis Stein Professor at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.  He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of legal ethics and criminal law, and is involved in various bar association activities, including many in these fields.  Currently, Professor Green is a Council member and past chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, serves on the Multistate Professional Bar Examination drafting committee, and is a member and past chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics.

He previously served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, was the Reporter to both the ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege and the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice, and co-chaired the ethics committee of the ABA Litigation Section.  Since joining the Fordham faculty in 1987, Professor Green has also engaged in various part-time public service, including as a member of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, as a member of the attorney disciplinary committee in Manhattan, as Associate Counsel in the office of the Iran/Contra prosecutor, and as a consultant and special investigator for the N.Y.S. Commission on Government Integrity.  Previously, Professor Green was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief Appellate Attorney, and he was a judicial law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall and Circuit Judge James L. Oakes. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School.



K Babe HowellK. Babe Howell is an Associate Professor at CUNY School of Law. Professor Howell's scholarship focuses on the intersection of the criminal justice system and race.  She is particularly interested in the effects of policing of minor offenses and alleged gang affiliations and the impact such policing has on the legitimacy of the criminal justice system and communities of color.  Before joining academia, Babe was a practicing trial lawyer in the area of criminal defense in New York City for eight years. During this time she worked at both The Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan and at The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.

Anil KalhanAnil Kalhan is an Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University and his principal interests include immigration law, criminal law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, and international human rights law. Before coming to the law school, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Fordham University and an Associate in Law at Columbia University, and he previously worked as a litigation associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he also served as co-coordinator of the firm's immigration and international human rights pro bono practice group.

He also has previously worked for the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project in New York and served as law clerk to the Hon. Chester J. Straub (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York). Professor Kalhan is a co-founder of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and serves as the chair of the Section for 2014.  He is an affiliated faculty member at the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a faculty advisory board member for the Drexel University Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, and is a founding co-convener of the Drexel Summer Theory Institute.  He is a member of the International Human Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has also been a member of its International Law Committee and Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. He also served on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of New York and currently serves on the national council of advisors for South Asian Americans Leading Together. Professor Kalhan has been a contributing writer for Dorf on Law, AsiaMedia, and SAJAforum. He was the recipient of a 2008 SAJA Journalism Award from the South Asian Journalists Association and a finalist for its Journalism Awards in 2011 and 2013. Before attending law school, he worked for Cable News Network, theMacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and the New York City Department of Transportation.



Jim SandmanJim Sandman has been President of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011.  LSC, created by Congress in 1974, is the largest single funder of civil legal aid programs for low-income people in the United States, supporting 134 programs with more than 800 offices in every state and territory.

From 1977 to 2007, Jim was with the international law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP.  He was the 700-lawyer firm's Managing Partner for ten years. In 2007, he decided to pursue a new career in public service.  From 2007 to 2011, he was General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Jim is a past President of the 100,000 member District of Columbia Bar. He is currently chair of the DC Bar's Pro Bono Committee, Chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference, chairman of the board of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, vice chair of the board of the Washington Performing Arts Society, and a member of the boards of the Meyer Foundation, Tahirih Justice Center, and the Foundation of the Women's Bar Association of DC. He is a member of the District of Columbia State Advisory Committee of the United States Civil Rights Commission.  He has received the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Alumni Award of Merit and its Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award, the Council for Court Excellence's Justice Potter Stewart Award, the Washington Council of Lawyers' Presidents' Award, Tahirih Justice Center's Wings of Justice Award, DC Law Students in Court's Celebration of Service Award, and the Women's Bar Association of DC's Star of the Bar Award.  In 2008, Legal Times named Jim one of the "90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years." Jim is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Max Rosenn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.



Abbe SmithAbbe Smith is Director of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Co Director of the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program, and Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Professor Smith was Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Clinical Instructor, and Lecturer at Law at Harvard Law School.

She has also taught at the City University New York School of Law, Temple University School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, and the University of Melbourne Law School (Australia), where she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar. Professor Smith teaches and writes on criminal defense, juvenile justice, legal ethics, and clinical legal education. In addition to numerous law journal articles, she is the author of CASE OF A LIFETIME: A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER'S STORY (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), co-editor with Monroe Freedman of HOW CAN YOU REPRESENT THOSE PEOPLE? (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), and co author with Monroe Freedman of UNDERSTANDING LAWYERS' ETHICS (4th ed., Lexis-Nexis, 2010). Professor Smith began her legal career at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she was an Assistant Defender, member of the Special Defense Unit, and Senior Trial Attorney from 1982 to 1990. She continues to be actively engaged in indigent criminal defense as both a clinical supervisor and member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the DC Superior Court, and frequently presents at public defender and legal aid training programs in the United States and abroad. Professor Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of The Bronx, and a longtime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Lawyers Guild.  Court. In 2010, she was elected to the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Professor Smith is also a published cartoonist. A collection of her cartoons, CARRIED AWAY: THE CHRONICLES OF A FEMINIST CARTOONIST, was published by Sanguinaria Publishing, Inc. in1984.



Ellen YaroshefskyEllen Yaroshefsky is Clinical Professor of Law and the director of the Jacob Burns Ethics Center at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and the director of Cardozo's Youth Justice Clinic. She teaches a range of ethics and criminal justice courses, organizes symposia, and writes and lectures in the field of legal ethics, with a focus upon criminal justice issues. 

She has taught Wrongful Convictions, Evidence and Youth Justice. Ms. Yaroshefsky also counsels lawyers and law firms and serves as an expert witness on legal ethics issues. She is co-chair of the American Bar Association's Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism Committee of the Criminal Justice Section, chair of the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serves on a ethics committees of state and local bar associations.  Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, she was an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and subsequently in private practice. She began her career as an attorney for the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, Washington and subsequently was a criminal defense lawyer in Seattle, Washington.  She has received a number of awards for litigation and received the New York State Bar Association award for "Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education."



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