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Sparer Symposium 2015

35th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium

Friday, November 6, 2015

Buying Justice: How Big Money Defines Our Rights
and Solutions that Level the Playing Field

Symposium Schedule:

8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:05 am

Corporate Advantage? SCOTUS, the Defense Bar, and Rules that Keep Plaintiffs Out of Court (1.5 credit hours)

Robert Heim, Partner, Dechert
Sean Farhang, Professor at the School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Allison Zieve, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group

10:30 am

Democracy for Sale: Global Corruption, Elite Influence, and U.S. Foreign Policy (1.5) credit hours

Cole Bockenfeld, Deputy Director for Policy, Project on Middle East Democracy
 Peter Harrell, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Farahnaz Ispahani, Author and Former Member, Pakistan National Assembly

12:00 pm

Keynote Speaker & Lunch Discussion (.5 credit hours):

Brenda Wright, Vice President, Policy and Legal Strategies, Demos

1:00 pm

Voices at the Table: Working Together to Improve Education for Students in Philadelphia (1.5 credit hours)

Tamara Anderson, Parent, Educational Policy writer, and Organizer
 Marjorie G. Neff, Chairwoman, School Reform Commission, School District of Philadelphia
Mike Wang, Executive Director, Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners

2:30 pm

The Cost of Economic Opportunity for Underserved Communities (1.0 ethics/.5 substantive)

Glenn Bryan, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations, Penn Office of Government and Community Affairs

Dorcas Gilmore, Practitioner in Residence, American University
 David Oh, Councilman, City Council of Philadelphia

Chris Rabb, Author, Invisible Capital; Social Impact Fellow, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute; Adjunct Professor, Temple University Fox School of Business
Alyssa Thomas, Manager, Kiva Zip Philadelphia

4:00 pm

A Closing Conversation on Criminal Justice (1.0 ethics)

Paul Heaton, Senior Fellow and Academic Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice
 David Rudovsky, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School

5:00 pm Reception

Register HERE.

This program has been approved for 7.5 (5.5 substantive/2.0 ethics) hours of CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $150.00 ($75.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.