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Sparer Symposium 2011

30th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium

Friday, March 18, 2011

Partnering Against Poverty:  Examining Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Public Interest Lawyering

Schedule of Events


  • Michael A. Fitts, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, Penn Law School

9:15 a.m.    Breaking Down Barriers to Reentry:  A Conversation about Life After Conviction

  • Everett Gillison, Esq., Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, City of Philadelphia
  • Thomas J. Innes III, Esq., Director of Prison Services, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Wayne Jacobs, Executive Director, X-Offenders for Community Empowerment
  • Donna Reed Miller, Councilwoman for the City of Philadelphia
  • The Hon. L. Felipe Restrepo, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


10:45 a.m.   The Poverty Environment Connection: Fostering Collaboration in Environmental Justice

  • Cecil Corbin-Mark, M.Phil, Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
  • Steve Fischbach, Esq., Community Lawyer, Rhode Island Legal Services
  • Al Huang, Esq., Environmental Justice Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Nicky Sheats, Esq., Ph.D, Director, Center for Urban Environment, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State College

12:15 p.m.    Lunch

12:30 p.m.    Refocusing the Digital Revolution: Employing Innovative Technological Solutions to Eliminating Poverty

  • Claudia Colindres Johnson, Esq., L’97, Local Initiatives Coordinator for LawHelp Interactive, Pro Bono Net
  • Robert Fadel, Vice President of International Development and Treasurer, One Laptop Per Child Foundation
  • Heather Thorne Matthews, W’01, Director of ICT Innovation Program at AppLab, Grameen Foundation

2:00 p.m.     Poverty’s Youngest Victims: Ethical Choices for First Responders and Advocates in the Fight for Healthy and Affordable Food

  • Mariana Chilton, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health; Principal Investigator for the Philadelphia Grow Project, co-Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch
  • Kathleen Conroy, M.D., Medical Director at Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Jonathan Stein, Esq., L’68, General Counsel, Community Legal Services
  • David Super, Professor, University of Maryland School of Law

3:30 p.m.     In Search of Shelter: Local and National Strategies for Alleviating Homelessness

  • Dennis Culhane, Ph.D., Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Director of Research, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans
  • Farah Jimenez, L’96, President and CEO of the People’s Emergency Center
  • Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq., Attorney for the City of Philadelphia Law Department and formerly homeless
  • Ralph da Costa Nunez, Ph.D., President of the Institute for Children and Poverty, CEO of Homes for the Homeless
  • Edward J. Speedling, Ph.D., Manager of the Homeless Veterans Internship Program at Project H.O.M.E.

5:00 p.m     Reception, Featuring Remarks from Sister Mary Scullion, Co-Founder, Executive Director and President of Project H.O.M.E.