The Symposium will be held at Albany Law School this Saturday (2/25/17). The symposium is being organized by one of our alums, Samantha Barnhart, Esq. (formerly Howell), and is co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild-Albany Chapter, the New York Civil Liberties Union-Capital Region Chapter, and the New York State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Department. Several faculty members have been participating in the planning of the event and/or will be speaking on a panel. The symposium is open to everyone. CLE credit is available for attorneys. 
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PROGRAM:  Advocacy and Activism  February 25, 2017 – 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. 

 8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Registration and Sign-In
9:00 A.M. – 9:10 A.M. Introductory Remarks – Samantha Howell, Esq.
9:10 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Creative Representation of Activists in Criminal Cases and Is There Still a First Amendment? (2 CLE, Professional Practice)
Presenters: Bina Ahmad, Esq., Kathy Manley, Esq., Mark Mishler, Esq., Prof. Donna Young
10:30 A.M. -10:40 A.M. Q& A session

10:40 A.M-11:30 A.M. Using the State Constitution and International Law to Fight Injustice (1 CLE in Professional Practice)
Presenters: Prof. Andrew Ayers, Jamil Dakwar, Esq., Prof. Sarah Rogerson, JoAnn Ward, Esq.
11:30-11:45 A.M. Q&A Session
11:45-12:45 Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00-2:50 Protecting the Rights of Immigrants and Refugees (2 CLEs in Professional Practice)
Presenters: Barbara Brenner, Esq., Prof. Sarah Rogerson, Barbara Weiner, Esq.
2:50-3:00 Q&A Session
3:00-3:10 Break

3:10-4:00 Voter Suppression and Registration (1 CLE Professional Practice)
Presenters: Julie Ebenstein, Esq., Prof. Stephen Gottlieb
4:00-4:10 Q&A Session
4:10-4:20 Break

4:20-5:45 Zealous Advocacy in Difficult Times (1.5 CLEs in Professional Practice)
Presenters: Prof. Margaret Burnham, Mark Mishler, Esq., Barbara Smith

5:45-5:55 Q&A Session 

5:55-6:00 Closing Remarks