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Learning From Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters and Economic Crisis to Build a Stronger Nation Topic of April 1 Symposium

March 28, 2011 – 
The nation emerged from the terrible years of the Civil War closer to fulfilling the founders’ promise that all citizens are to be granted equal protection of the law. On Friday, April 1, 2011, Rutgers Race & the Law Review will host an all-day symposium at Rutgers School of Law–Newark to mark the sesquicentennial of the first shots of the Civil War and consider how a reimagining of the use of law and policy to address today’s unfulfilled promises could result in a stronger union.

Confirmed speakers include U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, and Newark Advisory School Board President Shavar Jeffries.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is required by March 30 at http://pegasus.rutgers.edu/~racelaw/symposiumrsvpform.html.

What:  “Reflecting on the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: Perfecting Our Union in Times of Crisis” sponsored by the Rutgers Race & the Law Review 
Who:  Registration and Breakfast (9 am)

Welcome and Introductory Remarks (10 am)
Dean John J. Farmer, Jr., Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Andrés Acebo, Managing Symposium Editor, and Zaara Bajwa and Daniel Faltas, Editors-in-Chief, Rutgers Race & the Law Review

Keynote Addresses (10:20 am)
Hon. Robert Menendez, United States Senator, New Jersey
Hon. Sheila Y. Oliver, Speaker, New Jersey Assembly
Shavar Jeffries, President, Newark Advisory School Board

Lunch (noon – 1 pm)

Framing the Discourse: Emerging Areas in Need of Reform as Highlighted by National Security Issues, Natural Disasters, and the Economic Crisis (1 pm)
Professor Christina Ho, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Professor Chrystin Ondersma, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Candace Hom, Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of New Jersey
Kenneth Padilla, Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Professor Jonathan Hafetz, Seton Hall University School of Law
Professor Baher Azmy, Seton Hall University School of Law
Professor Brandon Paradise, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator

The Citizen and the Republic: Shared Responsibility (2:35 pm)
Professor Carlos Gonzalez, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Lisa Lewis, Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of New Jersey
Professor Rachel D. Godsil, Seton Hall University School of Law
Fernando M. Penguelo, Partner, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
Michael D. Witt, partner, Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, P.C.
Vice Dean Ronald Chen, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator
When:  10 am – 5 pm, Friday, April 1, 2011 
Where:  Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark