Keynote: Susan Herman, President of the ACLU, Panel Discussion

Barriers and Innovations in Civil Rights Litigation Since 9/11: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives

Session 1: Immunity Doctrine – Eidman Courtroom
Panelists will discuss trends in absolute, qualified, and governmental immunity, and implications for litigation and law reform strategy, through lens of recent decisions and litigation in criminal justice, immigration, and national security including Pearson v. Callahan, Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd, and Connick v. Thompson.
  • Lee Gelernt – Deputy Director, ACLU National
    Immigrant Rights Project
  • Rachel Meeropol – Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Alexander Reinert – Associate Professor of Law,
    Cardozo Law School
  • Moderator: Jennifer Laurin – Assistant Professor,
    University of Texas School of Law
Session 2: Bivens Litigation – Eidman Courtroom
Panelists will discuss trends and strategies concerningBivens litigation – including national security related special-factors doctrines, and adequacy of alternative remedies – as reflected in recent cases including Minneci v. Pollard and Texas immigration detention litigation.
  • Javier Maldonado – Law Office of Javier N.
    Maldonado, PC
  • John Preis – Associate Professor of Law, Richmond
    Law School
  • Stephen Vladeck – Professor of Law, American
    University Washington College of Law
  • Moderator: Lisa Graybill – Legal Director, ACLU
    of Texas
Keynote Speaker and Lunch – Susman Godfrey Atrium
Keynote speech by Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union, chaired professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, and author of the recently publishedTaking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy
Session 3: Litigating in the Shadow of Secrets – Eidman Courtroom
Panelists will discuss trends and strategies concerning freedom of information act and open records litigation, law enforcement privilege and state secret doctrines, and other informational barriers posed by law enforcement and national security concerns to civil rights litigation.
  • Sharon Bradford Franklin – Senior Counsel,
    Constitution Project
  • Jim Harrington – Director, Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Seth Kreimer – Professor of Law, University of
    Pennsylvania Law School
  • Moderator: Ranjana Natarajan – Clinical Professor,
    Director, National Security Clinic, University of Texas School of Law
Networking Reception – Jamail Pavilion
Event series: Conference