Thomas Jefferson School of Law presents the 15th Annual Women and the Law Conference
WOMEN AND THE CRIMINAL
Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow
Rooms 323 & 325
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 2015 Women and the Law Conference will explore Women and the Criminal Justice System. Noted criminal defense attorney and author Leslie Abramson, who handled the Menendez Brothers trial and the Phil Spector case, will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture (which Justice Ginsburg generously established for TJSL in 2003). A dynamic speaker, Abramson promises to give a spirited presentation. Other notables speaking at the conference include retired U.S. District Court Judge Irma Gonzalez and Santa Clara law professor Gerald Uelmen. Panels will focus on timely and controversial subjects, including: Are Women Treated Like Men in the Criminal Justice System?, Pathways to Power: Trailblazing Women in Criminal Law, and Women in Prison. The conference will be followed by a reception.
2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer
Leslie Abramson, a Criminal Defense Attorney, handled the first Menendez Brothers trial, Phil Spector’s case, and many other high-profile cases.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Check-in
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome, Dean Thomas Guernsey
History of Women and the Law Conference, Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp
9:15 – 10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Are Women Treated Like Men in the Criminal Justice System?
Amita Sharma – KPBS, Moderator
- Rita McKnight – San Diego County Sheriff’s Department bailiff
- Bridget Kennedy – Attorney, Federal Defenders of San Diego
- Rebecca Jones – San Diego criminal defense attorney
- Cassandra Lawrenson – Editor-in-chief, Thomas Jefferson Law Review
- Visiting rules for California prisons
- Women in Criminal Defense
- Cassandra Lawrenson, The Injustice of Convicting Sex Trafficking Victims: A Model Vacating Convictions Law
- Women and the criminal justice system: what do the latest statistics show?
- U.S. v. Willis
- U.S. v. Haischer, --- F.3d --- (9th Cir. March 25, 2015)
- 2014 Lawyers Club Equality Survey
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture – Leslie Abramson, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney (ret.); author of The Defense is Ready
- Ellen S. Podgor, And God Created Woman . . . But to be a Criminal Defense Attorney?, 42 Mercer L. Rev. 713 (1991)
- Susan K. Bozorgi, Providing Insight and Encouragement Along the Way to Other Women Defense Attorneys, Women in Criminal Defense, 37 Champion 10 (June 2013)
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 – 3:15 p.m. Panel 2: Pathways to Power: Trailblazing Women in Criminal Law
Professor William Slomanson – Moderator
- Gerald Uelmen – Santa Clara University School of Law professor (ret.); co-author of Justice Stanley Mosk: A Life at the Center of California Politics and Justice
- Honorable Irma Gonzalez (Ret.) – U.S. District Court judge
- Wendy Patrick – San Diego County Deputy District Attorney
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Panel 3: Women in Prison
Professor Julie Greenberg – Moderator
- Maya Schenwar – Editor-in-chief of Truthout; author of Locked Down, Locked Out
- Adriana Buelna – translator, paralegal and consultant; former federal prison inmate
- Alex Landon – San Diego criminal defense attorney; co-author of A Parallel Universe
- Julia Yoo – San Diego civil rights attorney
- Maya Schenwar, The Prison System Welcomes My Newborn Niece to This World
- Maya Schenwar, Prison Destroys Families and Communities at Society’s Expense
- ACLU BRIEFING PAPER: The Shackling of Pregnant Women & Girls in U.S. Prisons, Jails & Youth Detention Centers
- Anderson, Chamel. "I do not belong to them": one woman's experience in a Texas prison.” 26 Hastings Women's L.J. 3-4 (2015)
- Prison Litigation Reform Act
- Gender in the criminal justice system assessment tool
- Visiting rules for California prisons
- Elimination of Bias Sheet for TJSL CLE
- Women in Prison
5:00 p.m. Wrap-up, Professor Marjorie Cohn, conference organizer
5:15 p.m. Reception
Please note: Registration fees are non-refundable.
Registration fees include the Reception.
- FREE All registered students with photo ID, TJSL faculty, TJSL staff
- $30 All TJSL alumni, Lawyers Club Members and attorneys in practice less than 5 years not seeking MCLE credit
- $40 General public (Not seeking MCLE credit)
- $45 All others (Seeking MLCE credit)
*Registration is closed.
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Color, JPG or PDF format, 300ppi image resolution recommended.
File size must be under 10MB.
- $400 Full page ad - 8.5"w x 11"h
- $200 Half page ad - 8.5"w x 5.5"h
- $100 Quarter page ad - 4.25"w x 5.5"h
*Submission deadline has passed.
4.25 General MCLE credit 1.5 Elimination of Bias
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