Conferences & Symposia
Advancing Human Rights and Justice for All: Maryland Legal Aid Bureau Centennial Symposium
Thursday, April 28, 2011
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
University of Maryland School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Forty years ago, legal services were an essential source of law reform. It was one of the most important allies of the poor. Now, with President Obama recommending the lifting of some restrictions on legal services organizations (and Congress following through on some) there is a new opportunity to rebuild it and legal services organizations such as Legal Aid are working to reclaim this historic stage.
The symposium will celebrate Legal Aidís Centennial through an exploration of international and national human rights advocacy and its application to local advocacy strategies when serving the poor. The symposium will commence with an in-depth presentation on human rights followed by a discussion of the use of such rights by legal experts. The second panel will focus the discussion on a "Maryland Context" and will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Panelists and speakers include experts in the fields of human rights and legal services, including Wade Henderson, Florence Roisman, Steve Sachs, Edgar Cahn, and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell. While open to the public, this event is targeted to attorneys, law students, law professors, legal and human services providers, and college and high school students. The symposium will conclude with a cocktail reception.
Jointly presented by the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland Schools of Law