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Sparer Symposium 2017

36th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Country Divided: The 2016 Presidential Election
and the Future of American Democracy

Schedule of Events


8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:15 AM

Behind the Curtain: Examining the Impact of Voter Disenfranchisement in the 2016 Election
(1.0 ethics/.5 substantive)

David Daley - Author, Ratf**ked

Seth Kreimer - Kenneth W. Gemmill Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Nina Perales - Vice President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

Caitlin Swain - Civil Rights Attorney, Forward Justice 

10:45 AM

Law and Disorder: What Does Criminal Justice Reform Look Like Now?
(1.5 ethics)

Angela Davis - Professor of Law, American University Washington College

John Hollway - Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Alec Karakatsanis - Founder and Executive Director, Civil Rights Corps

John Malcolm - Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow

Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

12:15 PM

Lunch Pick-Up

12:30-1:30 PM

Keynote Address
(1.0 substantive)
Beth Donovan, Senior Washington Editor for NPR News

1:45 PM

National Security at What Cost? Evaluating the New Administration’s Proposed Policies
(1.5 substantive)

Eleanor Acer - Senior Director, Refugee Protection Program of Human Rights First

Jasmine M. El-Gamal - Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security


 Andrew Kim - Founder, RISE When We Fall


 Leigh O’Neill - Managing Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Truman National Security Project

3:15 PM

Whose Voice is it Anyway? The Influence of Campaign Finance on Party Politics
(1.5 substantive)

Jason Abel - Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson

Rebecca Ballhaus - Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Kedric Payne – Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Ian Vandewalker - Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program

4:45 PM