Minority Bar CLE Conference: 2020 Virtual Edition – Session 1
Time & Location
About the Event
Registration for this Live Webcast is FREE for AABA members!
Thursday, October 15, 2020 CLE Program: 2:30 – 5:10 p.m. Virtual Networking Reception: 5:10 – 5:40 p.m. 2.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0* hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit.
- How police misconduct impacts minority communities;
- How certain police training systems and disciplinary procedures create an environment that condones police misconduct;
- The financial and social toll police misconduct takes on a community;
- The current laws that intersect issues of police misconduct in minority communities;
- How to educate the public regarding their rights in police-citizen encounters;
- Where trademark law currently stands in protecting the rights of Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized groups;
- Other means to effect change when IP law fails to adequately protect those rights; and
- How attorneys can utilize their professional roles to support and advocate for racial justice and diversity in the legal profession.
2:30 – 2:35 p.m. Welcome and Introduction Jaz Park, Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Chicago Jerrod L. Williams, Law Clerk, Illinois Appellate Court, First District,Chicago
2:35 - 3:35 R*Skins, Uncle Ben and the Butter Maiden: Diversity and Decision-Making When IP Law is Not Enough Many racial justice initiatives have been ongoing for several decades, but this year has seemingly brought with it a giant wave of social consciousness. More and more companies are coming under constant pressures from their sponsors, consumers, and society at large to make major changes to correct their historically racist business decisions and narratives. Using the Washington Football Team’s recent decision to change its name and logo as a focal point, this panel will discuss: (1) where trademark law currently stands in protecting the rights of Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized groups; (2) other means to effect change when the law fails to adequately protect those rights; and (3) how attorneys can utilize their professional roles within their firms, companies, or bar associations to support and advocate for racial justice and diversity in the legal profession in connection to Indigenous People and other BIPOC communities. Moderators: Huy Nguyen, Factor, Chicago Jaz Park ,Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Chicago Speakers: Makalika Naholowaʻa, Microsoft, Seattle, WA Mary Smith, Caroline and Ora Smith Foundation, The VENG Group, Lansing, IL
3:35 – 3:40 p.m. Break
3:40 – 4:40 p.m. Defining Defund: Legislative Solutions to the Problem of Over-Policing and Under-Serving Don’t miss this in-depth look at solutions to the problem of over-policing and under-serving in disinvested and disenfranchised communities. Topics include: the structural and systemic constructs that create an environment conducive to police misconduct (where we are); the costs of police misconduct in both efficacy and dollars (what it means); the proposed changes in city, county, and state government to help resolve these issues (as well as the present barriers preventing change) (where we need to go); and the public’s rights in police-citizen encounters that might lead to incidents of misconduct. Moderators: Jeanette Samuels ,Schiller Preyer Jarard & Samuels Law, Chicago Jerrod L. Williams, Law Clerk, Illinois Appellate Court, First District,Chicago Speakers: Rep. Kam Buckner,26th Legislative District, Chicago Brandon Johnson, Cook County Commissioner, Chicago Alderman Chris Taliaferro,Chair of Committee on Public Safety, Chicago
4:40 - 5:10 Breakout Sessions - A Call to Action for Reform Join a moderated breakout session, facilitated by different bar association representatives, to meet other attendees, to further discuss “Defining Defund,” the police reform panel, and to discuss ways to advance change, both through our individual capacities or through our bar associations.
5:10 – 5:40 p.m. Virtual Networking Reception (No MCLE Credit) Although we can’t meet together in person, take advantage of this virtual opportunity to meet fellow conference attendees and broaden your professional network. Share your top takeaways from the conference and unwind after the CLE sessions.
Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Chinese American Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Korean American Bar Association, The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Puerto Rican Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois