January 16, 2013
Bar Honors Dr. King with Civil Rights Symposium
January 30, 2013
6.25 CLE Hours
The Columbus Bar will continue its tradition of honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, January 30, with a full day of continuing legal education and an evening reception. Collaborating with the Managing Partners Diversity Initiative, the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the Black Law Students Association of Capital University Law School, the Columbus Bar will present the First Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Symposium featuring over 6 hours of CLE credit and in-depth analysis of some of today’s most pressing civil rights issues.
Sharon Davies, who took the helm of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University in January 2012, will kick off the Symposium with a look at education as the new civil rights frontier. Professor Davies will provide an overview of Fisher v. University of Texas, currently on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court. The case brings back before the Court the issue of whether college admissions officers may constitutionally consider racial or ethnic identity of applicants in order to attain the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body. The pipeline for traditionally underrepresented students pursuing law and other advanced degrees is already showing signs of distress. The outcome of Fisher has the potential to constrict pathways for minority students even more. Professor Davies will place the issues raised by the Fisher case in context, exploring whether impediments to access to college that so many Black and Latino youth continue to experience can be squared with civil rights obligations and the aspiration of belonging promoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr before his untimely death.
The program will continue with Ronald H. Lee from the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, exploring the intersection of immigrant and employment rights including discussion about the validity of various employment authorization documents and the consequences of increasing use of E-Verify and other verification databases.
Kenneth L. Parker, Chief Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Ohio, will delve into hate crimes identifying contemporary trends and hate groups. He will also discuss Federal Hate Crime Statutes.
G. Michael Payton, Executive Director, Ohio Civil Rights Commission will lead a lively discussion featuring Charles C. Warner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur and Frederick M. Gittes, The Gittes Law Group, focusing on Employment Law Reform. While Senate Bill 383 did not come to a vote in 2012, all indications are that it will be reintroduced with no or very few changes, in early 2013. If passed, it will have a significant impact on employers and employees and discrimination claims. During this part of the program, speakers will examine the key changes in this legislation and look at what it all means for you and your clients.
Rounding out the employment theme, Lori A. Anthony, Section Chief - Civil Rights, State of Ohio Office of Attorney General, will discuss employment and prior convictions, sharing actual examples of how applicants with criminal records were denied employment, or fired after they were already employed. She will devote time to a conversation about why this issue may disproportionately affect racial minorities and will share examples of employment discrimination litigation alleging the misuse of criminal records in the hiring process. Ms. Anthony will also cover negligent hiring and employers duty to be vigilant; and May 2012 EEOC guidance.
The program will include an update on Ohio Law related to estate planning and parenting rights for same gender couples featuring presentations by LeeAnn M. Massucci, Massucci & Kline, and Scot E. Dewhirst, Artz Dewhirst & Wheeler.
At the conclusion of the program, all attendees are invited to a reception where the Black Law Students Association of Capital University Law School will present their annual Image Award to Mayor Michael Coleman.
Register for the Symposium online, or call the Columbus Bar at 614/221.4112.