2014 Law Day

Law Day 2014

{The morning session is geared toward high school students and has been filled. The afternoon sessions, beginning at 1:30 p.m., are open for registration, free of cost, to members of the State Bar and the general public. Advance registration is required.}

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters
Law Day 2014: April 22, 2014
State Bar of Georgia:  Atlanta, Savannah & Tifton


9:45AM: LAW DAY TRIVIA & DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY by DR. DORIS DERBY
As students arrive, assemble in the auditorium and enjoy a snack, they will answer Law Day trivia and enjoy a slide show featuring the documentary photography of Dr. Doris Derby.
 
10:00AM: WELCOME
Patrise Perkins-Hooker, Program Co-Chair; President-Elect, State Bar of Georgia

10:05AM: YOUTH TALK
YOUTH TALK: Exploring the importance of the right to vote through the history of voting rights and challenges facing tomorrow’s voters

The goal of Youth Talk is to provide students with an age-appropriate overview of Voting Rights that is engaging, digestible and inspirational. Segments will include an interactive rock video that explains why voting is important and hands on exercises demonstrating the evolution of the expansion of the right to vote to different groups of people and some of the challenges they faced.  Students will engage in an interactive conversation with youth of various ages involved in voting rights advocacy, and then will have an opportunity to vote on voting machines used by voters in Fulton County.

MODERATOR:
Nefertari Kirkman-Bey, J.D.

•    Rock the Vote video
•    History of Voting Rights  Exercise, led by Michelle West
•    Trivia Contest!
•    Albert Love and Voter Empowerment Collaborative Students
•    Voting Exercise
•    Lunch with Voting Rights Video & Opportunity to Vote
•    Literacy Test Exercise, led by Lula Dawit 

1:00PM: CLOSING REMARKS & THANKS!

CLOSING REMARKS & THANKS
Rita A. Sheffey, Program Co-Chair; Secretary, State Bar of Georgia; Past President, Atlanta Bar Association

1:30PM: REGISTRATION FOR AFTERNOON PROGRAM

2:00PM: WELCOME & OVERVIEW
WELCOME
Charles L. “Buck” Ruffin, President, State Bar of Georgia

OVERVIEW
Patrise Perkins-Hooker / Rita A. Sheffey, Program Co-Chairs

2:15PM: HISTORY OF VOTING RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES
History of Voting Rights in the United States and Recent Decisions
(CLE credit available for attorneys. CLE is self-reporting; forms will be available.)

The United States has traversed a complicated path toward full  adult suffrage. This Law Day 2014 workshop will examine the history of voting rights, beginning with the 15th and 19th amendments, through struggles leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We will explore contemporary issues, such as voter I.D. laws and felon disenfranchisement, along with a longer history of practices that include poll taxing, literacy tests, gerrymandering, and even violence. The objective is to inspire the attendee to become an advocate who encourages civic participation among all.

MODERATOR:   
Elisabeth MacNamera, President, League of Women Voters

SPEAKERS:   
•    Anne Lewis, General Counsel of the Georgia Republican Party
•    Michael Jablonski, General Counsel of the Georgia Democratic Party
•    Eric Segall, Professor, Georgia State University

3:45 PM: CHALLENGES OF MAINTAINING A DEMOCRACY
(CLE credit available for attorneys. CLE is self-reporting; forms will be available.)

How can a democracy fail to serve its people? In democratic societies across the world, the integrity of this governmental structure is diminished when there is not an educated and engaged electorate. This Law Day 2014  workshop will explore the various challenges that nations face in maintaining democratic governments. Panelists will discuss three critical aspects of maintaining a democracy: fair and open elections; freedom of press; and recognition of human rights. Panelists will discuss these topics from both global and U.S. base perspectives.

MODERATOR:  Dr. Yolande Tomilson, National Education Coordinator, US Human Rights Network

SPEAKERS:   
•    Sarah Johnson, Assistant Director, Democracy Program, Carter Center
•    Cynthia Tucker, Visiting Professor, Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence
•    Michael O’Reilly, Deputy Executive Director for International Coordination and Member Advocacy, Amnesty International

5:15PM: RECEPTION in the Gallery
During the reception, attendees will enjoy the documentary photography of Dr. Doris Derby, and have an opportunity to speak with Dr. Derby about her work.

6:05PM: WELCOME & RECOGNITION
WELCOME A ND RECOGNITION of DREAM TEAM MEMBERS
Patrise Perkins-Hooker, Program Co-Chair; President-Elect, State Bar of Georgia

6:15PM: NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS Presentation
Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer

6:30PM: PERSPECTIVES ON VOTING RIGHTS AND ENFORCEMENT: A Conversation
MODERATOR: Maria Saporta, Columnist, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Editor of SaportaReport.com

SPEAKERS:   
•    Brian P. Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State
•    Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, Dean, Urban Institute at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga; Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
•    Sally Yates, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

8:00PM: CLOSING REMARKS

REGISTER NOW!

Register now by clicking here. {The morning session is geared toward high school students and has been filled. The afternoon sessions, beginning at 1:30 p.m., are open for registration, free of cost, to members of the State Bar and the general public. Advance registration is required.}

QUESTIONS?

Contact Rita Sheffey at rsheffey@hunton.com or Nefertari Kirkman-Bey at thelawofsinging@gmail.com

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