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Sparer Symposium 2021


Friday, February 5, 2021
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
Location: Zoom


This year’s conference will explore abolitionism as a framework and value system that, when practiced broadly, can not only dismantle the carceral state but also change how we conceptualize and experience freedom in all segments of society. We will investigate how systems maintain racial dominance and control and then reimagine societies that are free of state surveillance and punitive norms by providing practical ways to utilize abolitionist thinking. This symposium will take the form of moderated panels on abolitionism and activism as they relate to housing, the child welfare system, immigration, and prisons.


8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. 

Keynote Address (1.0 substantive)

  • Josie Duffy Rice, President of The Appeal; Journalist and Lawyer


10:00 a.m. 

Abolitionist Frameworks for Housing Justice (1.5 substantive)

  • Tammer Ibrahim, Chair of Housing Organizing at Reclaim Philadelphia
  • Dawn Phillips, Executive Director of Right to the City Alliance
  • Tara Raghuveer, Director of KC Tenants and Director of the National Homes Guarantee campaign
  • John Whitlow, Associate Professor at CUNY Law

11:30 a.m. 

Family Surveillance: A Future without Foster Care  (1.5 ethics)

  • Erin Miles Cloud, Abolitionist and Executive Director of Movement for Family Power
  • Kathleen Creamer, Family Defense Attorney at Community Legal Services
  • Joyce McMillan, Parent Organizer
  • Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights


1:00 p.m.  Lunch
1:30 p.m. 

Abolishing ICE and Beyond (1.5 substantive)

  • César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Tania Mattos, Northeast Policy and Monitoring Manager at Freedom For Immigrants
  • Natascha Elena Uhlmann, Author of Abolish ICE


3:00 p.m. 

After Prisons: Abolishing the Carceral State (1.5 ethics)

  • Jamelia Morgan, Associate Professor at University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Krystal Strong, Assistant Professor at Penn Graduate School of Education
  • Marilyn Winn, Co-Founder and Lead Organizer of Women on the Rise

This program has been approved for 7.0 total CLE credits (4.0 substantive credits and 3.0 ethics credits) for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $140.00 ($70.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.

Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.