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Sparer Symposium Fall 2014

34th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium

Friday, November 14, 2014

Law 2.0: Progress and Challenges for Justice in the Digital Age

Schedule of Events

9:00 am: Opening Remarks

Wendell Pritchett, Interim Dean and Presidential Professor

Nicole Schneidman L’16, Toll Scholar


9:15 am: Panel 1 - #Change: The Role of Online Activism in Social and Political Movements

Amy Laura Cahn, Esq., Director, Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest

Law Center of Philadelphia

Jennifer Ellis, Esq., Lowenthal & Abrams, and Jennifer Ellis, JD

Vincent Harris , CEO, Harris Media

Noah T. Winer, Senior Partner, Dragonfly Partners LLC

Guobin Yang, Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology,

Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology,

University of Pennsylvania


10:30 am: Panel 2 - Technology and Access to Legal Services

Claudia Colindres-Johnson, LawHelp Interactive Program Manager, Pro Bono Net

Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Program Director, Philadelphia Knight Foundation

Richard S. Granat , CEO at LawMediaLabs, Inc., President/CEO at

DirectLaw, Inc.

Teri Ross, Program Director, Illinois Legal Aid Online


12:00 pm: Lunch

Keynote Speaker and Discussion

Mark O’Brien, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Net


1:00 pm: Panel 3 - Innovating Impact: the Tension Between Regulation and Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development

Nicholas Ashford, Professor of Technology and Policy and Director of the Technology and Law Program, MIT

Alexis Bonnell, Director, Office of Engagement and Communications, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

Austin Choi, General Counsel, Kiva

Garrett Melby, Co-founder and CEO, GoodCompany Ventures

James D. Thompson, Co-Founder and Director of the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program, University of Pennsylvania


2:00 pm: Panel 4 - To Regulate or Not to Regulate: Should Net Neutrality Be Required by Law?

Tom Koutsky, Chief Policy Counsel, Connected Nation

Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology

Kevin Werbach, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition


3:30 pm: Panel 5 - Smile! You’re on Camera: The Solutions and Problems Caused by Police Body Cameras

Francis T. Healy, Esq., Advisor to the Police Commissioner, Police HQ

Justin Ready, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, The American Civil Liberties Union

Howard M. Wasserman, Professor of Law, FIU College of Law


5:00 pm: Reception