Symposium season commences with Chacón Center celebration

This spring, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law student-edited scholarly journals are welcoming a distinguished array of speakers from across the nation to discuss topics ranging from artificial intelligence to immigrant justice to the pandemic’s impact on workers and small business owners during their annual symposia. All sessions will be online and require registration. 

Programming begins February 3-4 with the Maryland Journal of International Law’s symposium, Race, Sovereignty, and Immigrant Justice, in collaboration with the new Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice at Maryland Carey Law, exploring the racialized history of immigration and ways international and historical frames can challenge entrenched conceptions and open new possibilities for rethinking immigrant justice, sovereignty, and human rights. 

“We are very excited to collaborate with the Maryland Journal of International Law on this symposium,” Professor Maureen Sweeney, Chacón Center faculty director, said. “One of the goals of the Chacón Center is to shift the narrative around immigration in public spaces, both uncovering the ways that US law has been imbued with and perpetuated racism and injustice toward immigrants and broadening our conversation about the many valuable contributions of immigrants to our state, local, and national communities. That work has to take place on many levels, including the intellectual exploration of the underpinnings and real-world results of our laws. We are glad to be engaging with some of the most prominent scholars in the country who are addressing issues of immigration and race.” 

Spread over two days, the symposium begins the evening of February 3 with a celebration of the new Chacón Center, highlighting its work fighting against race-based inequities in US immigration law and enforcement. Following will be the first 2022 Gerber Lecture given by Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, the inaugural Alicia Miñana Chair in Law, UCLA School of Law, and UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance. Register here. 

During the February 4 daytime session, Associate Dean Jaya Ramji-Nogales, I. Herman Stern Research Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law, will give the second Gerber Lecture. The day also features panel discussions on legal doctrine and the history behind immigration and racial justice; immigration, race, and criminal law as they pertain to immigrant rights in an era of mass incarceration; and front-line immigration practice.  

Panelists include Professor Karla McKanders, Vanderbilt Law School; Professor Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA Law; Associate Professor K-Sue Park, Georgetown Law; Professor Jennifer Chacón, UC Berkeley School of Law; Assistant Professor Eisha Jain, UNC School of Law; Staff Attorney and Associate Research Scholar Amelia Wilson, Columbia Law School; Professor Yolanda Vázquez, Cincinnati College of Law; Barry Dalin ’18, public interest attorney; Assistant Professor Benjamin Gonzalez-O’Brien, San Diego State University; Kara Hartzler, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.; Gabriela Kahrl ’08, associate director, Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice; and Jairo Sanchez, former client, Maryland Carey Law Immigration Clinic. Register here. 

Meanwhile, the Maryland Law Review is offering a twice monthly discussion series this spring titled, The Digitization of America: Emerging Issues in an America Online, in February and March. Programming includes four talks focused on legal and ethical issues propagated by America’s growing reliance on the internet and associated technologies: 

  • Alysa Z. Hutnik ’01, Kelley Drye, presents, Data Security and Consumer Protection on February 15. Register here. 
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Professor Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law, presents, Disadvantaged Groups and the Internet on February 22. Register here 
  • Professor Carol R. Goforth, University of Arkansas School of Law, presents Regulation of Cryptoassets on March 1. Register here. 
  • Associate Professor Christine Kim, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, presents Taxation of Digital Services on March 8. Register here 

On February 23-24, the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class holds its symposium, Looking Back, Thinking Forward: A Discussion of COVID-19’s Impact on the Rights and Protections of Workers and Small Business Owners. 

The February 23 panel on Evaluating the Disparate Effects of COVID-19 on Low-Wage Workers and Minority-Owned Small Businesses features Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health; Nzingha Hooker, National Black Worker Center; Professor Praveen Kosuri, Penn Law; and Professor Lynnise Pantin, Columbia Law School. Panelists will look back at the ways the pandemic impacted the health, safety, and earnings of workers and small business owners who did not have the benefit of state and federal protections. Additionally, this panel will highlight how community advocates have sought to counteract these effects. Register here 

The symposium’s second day focuses on Reimagining the Future of Employment Law and Policy in a Post-Pandemic Society with Associate Dean and Professor Llezlie Green, Washington College of Law; Christopher Dews, Job Opportunities Task Force; Nzingha Hooker, National Black Worker Center; and Dr. Thad Williamson, Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. The panel will reflect on how the pandemic has changed the workforce, and how the individuals most adversely impacted by COVID-19 due to race, gender, or socioeconomic status have or have not been able to reintegrate into the workforce as society settled into a “new normal.” This panel will also discuss how existing laws and policies can be changed or modified to protect the most vulnerable members of the workforce in the event of another national crisis. Register here. 

At the end of March, the Journal of Business & Technology Law presents Advancing the Legal Landscape: The Future of AI in Law. The symposium will bring together experts from industry and academia to advance the dialogue on policy, practice, and the future in how artificial intelligence may assist, or hinder the legal framework. The panel will discuss advancements in the industry; potential setbacks; regulations; and evidentiary and ethical concerns, and provide an opportunity to think together about how artificial intelligence can be used as a tool, not a weapon, in clearing the path to justice and access for all. Register for the March 31 event here. 

The Journal of Health Care Law & Policy will host the final symposium of the season with the Law & Health Care Program, and the UMB Center for Global Engagement. The symposium, An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: A Discussion of Legal and Regulatory Barriers to Bidirectional International Telemedicine, will address legal and regulatory barriers to bidirectional international telemedicine, with a focus on increasing access to healthcare through such services. There will be two half-day sessions on April 7-8, with two panel discussions on each day.  

The April 7 panels will focus on improving access to care through telemedicine and issues facing US providers serving international patients. Register here. 

The April 8 panels will address comparative telehealth models from around the world, “next steps,” and innovative ideas to utilize telemedicine to improve access to healthcare for all. Register here. 

Panelists and speakers include Dr. Dale Alverson, Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research, and Joseph P. McMenamin, McGuireWoods LLP, as well as representatives from the World Telehealth Initiative, The Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 


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