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Event Title:  "Bringing Economic and Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S."
Free NYS CLE Credit Program
Date:   Apr 26, 2013
Time:   8:45AM - 5:00PM ET
Location:  

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
4 Times Square
New York, NY 10036

Description:  

U.S. lawyers are increasingly engaging international human rights law and strategies in their domestic social justice advocacy efforts. A strength of the human rights framework is its ability to address the intersection of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights. Yet pursuit of economic and social rights presents special challenges in the U.S. legal context. This symposium explores strategies for advancing economic and social rights advocacy in the United States, focusing in particular on the right to housing. Participants will examine legal developments pertaining to the right to housing and related rights, both internationally and in the U.S. And, drawing on international human rights, participants will explore promising approaches to establishing the right to housing in U.S. courts and through other advocacy efforts.

The Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network 2013 CLE is sponsored by:
Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Northeastern Law School’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review

Hosted by: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom



SCHEDULE TOPIC/PRESENTERS
8:45 A.M. – 9:15 A.M. REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
9:15 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. WELCOME REMARKS
Risa Kaufman
Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
9:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. INTRODUCTORY KEYNOTE REMARKS
Rob Robinson
Take Back the Land
Maria Foscarinis
Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
10:00 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. MORNING SESSION
NYS CLE Credit: 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.
NYS CLE Credit: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice
PANEL 1: THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF RIGHTS
This panel will evaluate the connection between the right to housing and other rights along two discrete axes. On the one hand, panelists will discuss housing’s centrality to other ESRs, including health and education; on the other hand, panelists will explore to what extent the right can—and should—be formulated in terms of more widely accepted civil and political rights.
Philip Alston
Professor of Law & Faculty Director and Co-Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law
Martha F. Davis
Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
Tara Melish
Professor of Law & Co-Director, Buffalo Human Rights Center, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Moderator: Cathy Albisa
Executive Director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
11:30 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.
NYS CLE Credit: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice
PANEL 2: COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO THE RIGHT TO HOUSING
This panel will look at international comparative approaches to the right to housing and related ESCRs and examine factors contributing to the varying approaches.
Lucy Williams
Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
Bret Theile
Co-Director, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Bruce Porter
Director, Social Rights Advocacy Centre
Moderator: Sarah Cleveland
Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
12:45 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. BREAK
1:15 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. LUNCH & KEYNOTE: LEARNING FROM THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FREEDOM TO MARRY
Evan Wolfson
Founder and executive director, Freedom to Marry
Moderator: Olatunde Johnson
Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
2:00 P.M. – 2:15 P.M. BREAK
2:15 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. AFTERNOON SESSION
NYS CLE Credit: 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice

N.B. CLE Sign-in for Afternoon Session re-opens at 2:00 pm
2:15 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
NYS CLE Credit: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice
PANEL 3: BUILDING A RECORD ON THE HUMAN RIGHT TO HOUSING IN THE U.S.
Panelists will discuss efforts to develop an international record promoting the human right to housing in the United States through engagement with U.N. mechanisms and grassroots advocacy and explore ways to integrate the outcomes of these efforts into litigation in U.S. courts.
Eric Tars
Director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Reena Shah
Director, Human Rights Project, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
Tanuka Loha
Human Right to Housing Program Director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
Pete White
Founder & Co-Director, LA Community Action Network
Moderator: Risa Kaufman
Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
3:30 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.
NYS CLE Credit: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice
Panel 4: ROUNDTABLE - OPPORTUNITIES FOR AND CHALLENGES TO ESTABLISHING A HUMAN RIGHT TO HOUSING IN THE U.S.
Participants in this interactive exchange will explore issues including: the justiciability of ESCRs; the efficacy of judicial remedies in enforcing ESCRs; and the impact of language and culture on efforts to establish a right to housing in the U.S.
The Hon. Cathy H. Serrette
Judge, Maryland Circuit Court
Heidi Wegleitner
Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Wisconsin; District 2 Supervisor, Dane County Board of Supervisors
Dan Manning
Associate Director/Litigation Director, Greater Boston Legal Services
Andrew Scherer
Legal consultant
Moderator: Maria Foscarinis
Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
4:45 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. CLOSING REMARKS
Ejim Dike
Executive Director, U.S. Human Rights Network

REGISTRATION SCHEDULE
Please preregister to attend. Confirmed reservations are transferable. Kindly notify Megan Savage of cancellations or transfers as soon as possible and no later than the close of preregistration at 5pm on April 19th.
CLS Cancellation Policy

NYS CLE CREDIT
Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live non-transitional CLE program will provide in aggregate a maximum of six (6.0) credit hours that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. CLE credit is awarded only for full attendance of the Morning Program and/or the Afternoon Program in their entirety; both the Morning Program and the Afternoon Program consist of two sessions each. Attorneys attending only part of a Program are not eligible for partial credit for it, although they are most welcome to attend it. Attendance is determined by an attorney's sign-in and sign-out, as shown in the Symposium registers. Please note that there will be separate registers for the Morning Program and for the Afternoon Program, with sign-out and sign-in required for the Afternoon Break. On sign-out, both in the morning and in the afternoon or otherwise on departure, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Symposium. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.

Registration for this event is now closed. To be placed on the waiting list, please contact Greta Moseson.