60th Anniversary

Civil Rights Training Institute

September 28 - 30, 2022

William F. Bolger Conference Center

9600 Newbridge Drive
Potomac, MD 20854

Shuttle Departure from Washington, D.C.: Sept. 28 From Union Station, and DCA at 6pm to Bolger

Shuttle Departure from Bolger: Sept. 30 from Bolger to Union station, and DCA at 4:30pm

Overnight registration includes lodging, meals, and ground transportation. Commuter registration includes lunch. Due to the nature of this purchase and event, CRTI tickets are nonrefundable. 

The event schedule is below. Documents and reading materials are listed below each panel.

Registration has closed.  To inquire about late registration, please contact Diane Simmons at 212-965-2253 as soon as possible.

CRTI Event Schedule

Wednesday, September 28

6:00 - 9:00pm - Conference Registration

The Owney’s Fireplace Lounge

5:30 - 8:30pm - Dinner

Osgood's Dining Room

8:00 - 11:00pm - Informal Gathering

The Pony Express, Hotel/Check-In Building

Thursday, September 29

7:45 - 9:00am - Conference Registration

Franklin Building / Ballroom

7:30 - 8:15am - Wellness Activity

Meet at the Owney's Fireplace Lounge

7:45 - 9am - Breakfast

Franklin Building / Osgood's Dining Room

9:00 - 9:10am - Overview of the Agenda and Announcements

Franklin Building / Ballroom

Jared Evans

Policy Counsel, LDF

Opening Remarks

Janai S. Nelson

President and Director-Counsel, LDF

9:10 - 9:20 am

9:20 - 10:50 am - Franklin Building / Ballroom

Defining the Moment: Defending Democracy Under a Stalled Congress, Rogue State Legislatures, and a Hostile Supreme Court*

Moderator: Janai Nelson, President and Director-Counsel, LDF

Thomas Saenz

President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Fatima Goss Graves

President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center

John Yang

President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC

Lourdes Rosado

President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice

Damon Hewitt

President and Executive Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law

Maya Wiley

President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

10:50 - 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Franklin Building / Ballroom

The War on Truth in Schools*

Moderator: Jin Hee Lee, Director of Strategic Initiatives, LDF
Hamida Labi

Policy Counsel, LDF

Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw

Professor Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Avatara Smith-Carrington

Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal

Genevieve (Genzie) Bonadies Torres

Associate Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law

AJ Davis

Low Country Black Parents Association, Co-Founder

12:15 - 12:30 pm - Franklin Building / Ballroom

Civil Rights Address

Presenter:

The Honorable Kristen Clarke

Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice

12:30 - 1:30pm - Franklin Building / Ballroom

Supreme Court Review: October 2021 Term*

Moderator: Prof. Pam Karlan

Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law

1:30 - 2:30 pm: Lunch
2:20 - 2:30 pm: Optional Breathing Exercise
Concurrent Workshop 1
2:30 - 3:30 pm - Franklin Building / Main Ballroom

Reimagining Public Safety: Recent Developments and Next Steps*

Moderator: Kevin Jason, Assistant Counsel, LDF

Chris Kemmitt

Deputy Director of Litigation, LDF

Bret Grote

Legal Director, Abolitionist Law Center

Prof. Monica C. Bell

Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale Law School

Anthonine Pierre

Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center

Concurrent Workshop 2

2:30 - 3:30 pm - Franklin Building / Rooms 18 & 19

Fight for Our Vote: Protecting Democracy from Election Sabotage and Voter Suppression*

MODERATOR: Anne Houghtaling, Deputy Director, Thurgood Marshall Institute, LDF
Ben Berwick

Counsel, Protect Democracy

Jesse Littlewood

Vice President for Campaigns, Common Cause

Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles

Charles Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Shauntay Nelson

Co-Director of States, All Voting is Local

3:30 - 3:40 pm: Break/Transition to Breakout Spaces
Concurrent Workshop 1

3:40 - 4:55 pm - Franklin Building / Main Ballroom

Reproductive Justice after Dobbs*

MODERATOR: Arielle Humphries, LDF Assistant Counsel
Diana Kasdan

Director of Judicial Stratecy, Center for Reproductive Rights

Vanessa Gonzalez

Executive Vice President of Field and Member Services, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Gretchen Borchelt

Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health, National Women’s Law Center

Jacqueline Ayers

Senior Vice President of Policy, Organizing, and Campaigns, Planned Parenthood

Jeryl Hayes

Movement Building Director, If/When/How

Concurrent Workshop 2

3:40 - 4:55 pm - Franklin Building / Rooms 18 & 19

Our Piece of the Pie: Transportation and Infrastructure for Minority Communities*

MODERATOR: Dr. Kesha Moore, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute / LDF
Axel Santana

Associate, PolicyLink

Shannon Baker-Branstetter

Senior Policy Manager, Green For All

Kyana Beckles

CEO, Leverage Assessments

Megan Haberle

Senior Director of Policy, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Stephanie Gidigbi Jenkins

Vice President of Strategy, Communities First Infrastructure Alliance; Partner, North Star Strategies

4:55 - 5:05 pm: Break/Transition Back to Main Hall

5:05 - 6:15 pm - Franklin Building / Ballroom

A Crisis of Credibility: A Clear-Eyed Look at the Composition of the Courts and Court Reform*

MODERATOR: Lisa Cylar Barrett, Director of Policy, LDF
Prof. Olatunde Johnson

Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law, Columbia Law

JP Schnapper-Casteras

Founder, Schnapper-Casteras, LLP

Rakim Brooks

President, Alliance For Justice

Prof. Fred Smith, Jr.

Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

6:15 - 6:45 pm - In Remembrance
Janai Nelson

LDF President and Director-Counsel

6:45 - 7:30 pm - Dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm - Wellness Walk

Meet at the Owney’s Fireplace Lounge

8:00 - 11:00 pm: Informal Gathering

The Pony Express, Hotel/Check-In Building

Friday, September 30

8:00 - 8:45 am - Conference Registration

Franklin Building / Ballroom

7:00 - 8:45 am

Overnight Guests: Check out and bring luggage to the front desk in the Hotel Check-In Building.

7:30 - 8:15 am - Wellness Option 1 - Morning Wellness Activity

Meet at the Owney’s Fireplace Lounge

8:00 - 8:50 am - Breakfast

8:55 - 9:00 am - Welcome and Announcements

Franklin Building / Ballroom

Alexsis Johnson

Litigation Fellow, LDF

9:00 - 10:00 am - Franklin Building / Ballroom

Supreme Court Preview: October 2022 Term*

Moderator: Sam Spital, Director of Litigation, LDF

Prof. Kenji Yoshino

Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU Law

Amir Ali

Executive Director, MacArthur Justice Center

Ray Tolentino

Partner, Kaplan, Hecker and Fink, LLP

Prof. Alexis Karteron

Director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic, Rutgers Law

10:00 am - 11:00 am - Franklin Building / Ballroom

Ethics Panel: Ethical, Effective, and Conscientious Advocacy in and For Black Communities*

Ameca Reali

Memberships Director, Law for Black Lives

Marbre Stahly-Butts

Executive Director, Law for Black Lives

11:00 - 11:10 am - Break/Transition to Breakout Spaces
Concurrent Workshop 1

11:10 - 12:10 pm - Franklin Building / Main Ballroom

Realizing Brown’s Promise: Strategies for Education Equity and Desegregation in K-12 Education*

MODERATOR: Victor Jones, Education Special Counsel, LDF
Prof. Janelle Wong

Director, Asian American Studies, University of Maryland

Michaele Turnage Young

Senior Counsel, LDF

Prof. Janel George

Georgetown Law; Racial Equity in Education Law and Policy Project

Prof. Cara McClellan

Director and Associate Practice Professor of the Advocacy for Racial and Civil Justice Clinic, Penn Law

Byron Johns

Co-Founder, The Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence

Concurrent Workshop 2

11:10 - 12:10 pm - Franklin Building / Rooms 18 & 19

Power Sharing and Demographics After the 2020 Redistricting Cycle*

MODERATOR: Kathryn Sadasivan, Redistricting Counsel, LDF
Dr. Tonya Farrow Chestnut

Data and Senior Research Analyst, LDF

Terry Ao Minnis

Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC

Allison Riggs

Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel, Voting Rights, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Jerry Vattamala

Director, Democracy Program, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Lurie Daniel Favors

Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College

12:10 - 1:00 pm: Lunch
12:50 - 1:00 pm: Optional Breathing Exercise

1:00 - 1:45 pm - Franklin Building / Ballroom

The Rise of White Supremacy as a Threat to National Security

Part I – Janai Nelson in Conversation with DHS Secretary Mayorkas
Janai Nelson

President and Director-Counsel, LDF

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

1:45 - 2:45 pm - Franklin Building / Ballroom

The Rise of White Supremacy as a Threat to National Security*

Part II – Strategic Workshop: Working Together to Address Common Threats
Moderator: Amber Koonce, Fried Frank Fellow, LDF
Prof. Shirin Sinnar

Professor of Law and John A. Wilson Faculty Scholar, Stanford Law School (formerly Asian American Law Caucus)

Aya Saed

Policy Advisor, Office of Representative Cori Bush

Lecia Brooks

Chief of Staff and Culture, Southern Poverty Law Center

Meredith Weisel

Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League Washington, D.C. Regional Office

2:45 - 2:55 pm: Break

2:55 - 3:55 pm - Franklin Building / Ballroom

The New State-sanctioned “Vigilantism”*

Moderator: CHARLES McLAURIN, SENIOR Counsel, LDF
Marc Hearron

Senior Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights

Prof. Sean Farhang

Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law

Sheena Mathews

Director of Movement Partnerships and Engagement, Planned Parenthood Action Fund

James Esseks

Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer & HIV Project

Leah Watson

Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU

3:55 - 4:00 pm: Closing Remarks
Janai Nelson

President and Director-Counsel, LDF

4:30 pm: All Buses Depart for Reagan National Airport and Union Station
*Application for each of the panels designated with an asterisk (*) will first be made to the Oklahoma Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board. Approval is reasonably expected but not guaranteed. Subsequent applications for approval of CLE credits will also be filed in the several states for which program participants have indicated that they wish to receive CLE program credits. Those applications will be filed, with this form, after the program is concluded.California Attorneys Evaluation” is to be completed ONLY by attendees who anticipate seeking California CLE credit for CRTI programming. All other attendees should complete the standard “Conference Evaluation.”

Evaluation Forms

California Attorneys Evaluation is to be completed ONLY by attendees who anticipate seeking California CLE credit for CRTI programming. All other attendees should complete the standard “Conference Evaluation.”
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