The Global Citizen Lawyer: 40 Years of the Urban Morgan Institute

Join fellow law alumni to celebrate 40 years of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights

Law Alumni Celebration: 40 Years of the Urban Morgan Institute

United Nations delegate and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said human rights begin "in small places, close to home." It's in this spirit that we invite you to return home to the University of Cincinnati College of Law to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.

This is an opportunity for all alumni to engage, connect, and celebrate one another and our collective legacy as one of America's oldest law schools and first home for human rights. 

Conference schedule and panelists.

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Join Us: October 25–27, 2019

Schedule of Events

WhereFairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25. Registration requested by Oct. 11.

Kick off the weekend by reuniting with fellow alumni and college representatives over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This event is complimentary; however, advanced registration is requested by Oct. 11 so that we know how many guests to expect.

Conference: The Global Citizen

When: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WhereCollege of Law

The conference format will include panel discussions, breakout discussions, and the opportunity for audience engagement. CLE pending in Ohio and Kentucky.

Registration for the two-day conference is complimentary and includes all sessions, continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and a boxed lunch. In order to prepare materials and order meals, advanced registration is requested by Oct. 11.

Conference schedule and panelists.

Reunion Dinner

When: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

WhereThe Phoenix

Enjoy a cocktail hour and a half, dinner, and a brief program to recognize the 40th anniversary of the Urban Morgan Institute and learn more about its future while reconnecting with former classmates and friends.

$50 registration includes parking/shuttle, open bar, and formal dinner. Advanced registration is required by Oct. 11.

Conference: The Global Citizen

When: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

WhereCollege of Law

The conference format will include panel discussions, breakout discussions, and the opportunity for audience engagement. CLE pending in Ohio and Kentucky.

Registration for the two-day conference is complimentary and includes all sessions, continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and a boxed lunch. In order to prepare materials and order meals, advanced registration is requested by Oct. 11.

Lodging

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. When calling to make your reservation, please mention the UMI Reunion Block in order to receive a discounted rate. Call 513-281-2200 to make your reservation.

Be sure to book your hotel room by September 25, 2019, in order to receive the discount.

The Conference

Saturday, October 26

Welcoming Remarks from Verna Williams, Dean and Nippert Professor Law, and Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute | 9:00 a.m.

Human Rights Issues in Africa | 9:15–10:30 a.m.

  • Teresa Yates, ’91, National Director of ProBono.org, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Erin Rosenberg, ’11, International Criminal Court, Trust Division, Congo
  • Erica Hall, ’05, World Vision, London
  • Sue Tatten, ’93 Chief Techincal Advisor for the UN Joint Program on Gender, Youth, and Peacebuilding in Kosovo
  • Tracy Dexter, ’90 USAID Nicaragua

Immigration & Human Rights | 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

  • Lisa Green, ’86, Lisa Green & Associates, Boulder, CO, Chair
  • Prof. Dina Haynes, ’95, New England Law
  • Prof. Terry Coonan, ’95, Florida State University
  • Lindsey Wilkes, ’12, Kayi & Wilkes PLLC
  • Julie LeMaster, ’99, Immigrant and Refugee Law Center
  • Caleb Benadum, ’14, UNHCR, Geneva

Greetings from Cincinnati Law Alumni President Pat Hayes, ’09 | 1:00 p.m.

Corporations and Human Rights: UC NEXT | 1–2:30 p.m.

  • Sarah Ganslein, ’09, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC's Global Internal Investigations, London, Chair                           
  • Dynda Thomas, ’86, Squire Patton & Boggs
  • Andrew Savage, ’88, Oath (formerly Yahoo)
  • Dr. Tara Van Ho, ’05, University of Essex

Current Human Rights Issues and U.S. Foreign Policy | 2:45–4:30 p.m.

  • Howard Tolley, '83, Emeritus, University of Cincinnati, Chair
  • Chelsea Brint, '13, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
  • Michael Heflin, ’90, Open Society Foundation
  • Taegin Reisman, ’07, Open Society Foundation

Sunday, October 27

Women's Human Rights | 9:00–10:30 a.m.

  • Judge Kerstin LeMaire, ’93, Chair
  • Judge Heather Stein Russell, ’83, Change Court, Cincinnati
  • Alexis Wood, ’00, Founding Partner at St. Lawrence Barristers LLP, Toronto, Canada
  • Beth Mandel, ’05, Thompson Hine
  • Monique Hoeflinger, ’99, Consultant, New York

Breakout Groups: Critical Issues | 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

  • Problems Facing Rural America
    • Leslie Strauss, ’87, Policy Analyst at the Housing Assistance Council, Discussion Leader
    • Molly Russell, '11, Senior Attorney, Legal Aid of Southwest Ohio
  • Problems Facing Education
    • Dr. Seán Arthurs, ’05, Educational Consultant, Discussion Leader
    • Noel Vickers, ’88
    • Stephanie Jones, '86, President, Answering the Call to Justice Foundation
  • Problems Facing Children
    • Donita Parrish, ’01, Discussion Leader
    • Marilu Gresens Peries, '10, Technical Consultantt, Children's Rights & Business at UNICEF
  • Problems Facing Labor
    • Brennan Grayson, '08, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (CIWC)
    • Pamela Newport, '05, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings
  • Problems Facing the Environment
    • Adam Moser, '09, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program Manager for State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Juneau, AK
    • Eric Vang, '09, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, Juneau

Reports from Breakout Sessions, Plenary, Closing: Professor Bert Lockwood | 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

Eleanor Roosevelt