Spring 2015: Persuasion in Civil Rights Advocacy

Hosted by Michigan State University College of Law Professors Daphne O'Regan and Bruce Ching, the Persuasion in Civil Rights Advocacy symposium was hosted on April 9-10, 2015. Exploring persuasive methods used in civil rights disputes, the symposium considered the intersection of civil rights with law and rhetoric discussing persuasive arguments in issues such as same-sex rights, abortion law, racial conflicts, voting rights, and animal rights.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 9, 2015

5:00 p.m. Keynote Address

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Transcript of Remarks (2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1235)

6:30 p.m. Dinner Reception at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place Conference Room

Friday, April 10, 2015

9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks and Breakfast

Bruce Ching, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Symposium Introduction (2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1227)

9:15 a.m. The Rights of Women and LGBT Persons

Advocacy for Marriage Equality: The Power of a Broad Historical Narrative During a Transitional Period in Civil Rights

Charles R. Calleros, Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1249

Hearing Voices: Non-Party Stories in Abortion and Gay Rights Advocacy

Linda H. Edwards, E.L. Cord Foundation Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1327

Law Reform as Messaging

Nan Hunter, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Three 3Ls, Kairos, and the Civil Right to Counsel in Domestic Violence Cases

Ruth Anne Robbins, Clinical Professor, Rutgers Law School, Camden

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1359

10:55 a.m. Break and Refreshments

11:05 a.m. The Rights of Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Minorities

The Color-Blind Constitution: Choosing a Story to Live By

Linda L. Berger, Family Foundation Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1397

I Dream of Jinni

James M. Chen, Justin Smith Morrill Chair in Law and Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Advocacy and Candor Before the Court; Inter-Tribal Complications

Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1435

The Racial Evolution of Justice Kennedy and its Implications for Law, Theory, and the End of the Second Reconstruction

Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1473

Transcending Difference: Priming for Compassion in Capital Cases

Pamela Wilkins, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

1:00 p.m. Lunch and Presentation of Michigan State University Libraries' Radicalism Collection

Whose Side Are You On? An Introduction to the Radicalism Collection at Michigan State University Libraries

Peter I. Berg, Head of Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries

2:00 p.m. The Rights of Animals

Social Psychology and the Value of Vegan Business Representation for Animal Law Reform

Taimie L. Bryant, Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1521

The Nature of the Struggle for Animal Rights

David Favre, Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law and Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

A Conundrum for Animal Activists: Can or Should the Current Legal Classification of Certain Animals Be Utilized to Improve the Lives of All Animals? The Intersection of Federal Disability Laws and Breed-Discriminatory Legislation

Rebecca J. Huss, Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1561

3:30 p.m. Break and Refreshments

3:45 p.m. Special Topics in Civil Rights

Persuasion in Civil Rights Advocacy: Lessons Learned in Representing Guantanamo Detainees

David J. R. Frakt, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Reserve JAG

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1599

Who Gets to Control Civil Rights Case Management? An Essay on Purposive Organizations and Litigation Agenda-Building

Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and Director, Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance, University of Houston Law Center

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1617

NCAA Athletes, Unpaid Interns, and the S-Word: Exploring the Rhetorical Impact of the Language of Slavery

Maria L. Ontiveros, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1657

Disqualifying Universality Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act

Michelle A. Travis, Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Dean’s Circle Scholar, University of San Francisco School of Law

2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1689

5:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Michael A. Lawrence, Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law