The Penn Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is hosting the 29th Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Commemorative Conference on February 11, 2017. This year's conference theme is “Social Media and the Law”. Our primary objective is to explore how social media influences the law.
The day portion of the conference will consist of three panels, a workshop, and a career fair at Penn Law located at 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104. This event offers professional development opportunities for attorneys to earn CLE credits. The evening cocktail reception and dinner will feature a keynote address by Angela Rye, at Hotel Monaco located at 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106.
We will explore how social movements advanced through social media influence the decision-making processes of law enforcement officers. We will discuss the goals of social media activism, its impact on law enforcement, and its use as an evidentiary tool. Our goal is to have conversations that highlight the perspectives of academics, activists, law enforcement officers, and attorneys. We will host a workshop to teach students the best approaches to utilizing social media as both a social advocate and as a young professional. After a full day of discussion, we will end our evening with the cocktail reception and dinner.
This day portion has been approved for 4.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring payment in the amount of $160.00 ($80.00 for public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check (made payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”).
Panel 1 – It’s Complicated: The Evolving Relationship among Social Media, Social Movements, and the Law
Description: The panel will explore how social movements advanced through social media influence the decision-making processes of law enforcement and/or prosecutors. We will discuss the goals of social media activism, its impact on law enforcement, and its use as an evidentiary tool. Our goal is to have a conversation that includes the perspectives of academics, activists, law enforcement officers, and attorneys in hopes of analyzing numerous aspects of this complex relationship.
Our panelists will be:
Panel 2 – Judges’ Perspective: Analyzing Social Media from the Bench
Description: Federal judges will discuss how judges approach the use of social media as evidence in their courtroom. In addition, judges will provide insights into the evolution of the legal landscape in the Age of Social Media. The topics will range from social media as evidence in criminal convictions to social media posts as protected concerted activity as a subset of employee rights.
Our panelists will be:
Panel 3 - What Did I Say? The Intersection of Social Media and Employment Law
Description: The panel will discuss the complexities of utilizing social media as both an individual and as an employee, particularly in the employment law context. At-will employment has raised questions regarding monitoring employee’s social media posts, protections employees have in expressing themselves online. For example, although Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act does not mention social media, the internet or computers, how can employees’ right of concerted activity be extended to activity online? Even more, what is concerted social media activity under the Act? Does an employee have an expectation of privacy if his/her page is private? What are some of the First Amendment protections that employees have? And how are cases, such as NLRB v. American Medical Response, helping us to define these lines?
Our panelists will be:
Social Media Workshop
Description: This workshop aims to teach attendees the best approaches to being an online social advocate while staying within the guidelines of their employers’ codes of conduct. This interactive workshop will provide practical etiquette pointers on how to be an individual advocate and a responsible professional.
Instructor: Lloyd Freeman – Partner, Archer
Hogan Lovells LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Baker Botts LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
University of Pennsylvania Year of Media
Verizon Communications, Inc.
Ballard Spahr LLP
The Raymond Pace and Sadie T.M. Alexander Professorship in Civil Rights was established at Penn Law through an initial gift from the Alexander estate in 1993, and through the involvement of the Alexanders’ daughters, Dr. Rae Alexander-Minter GR’81, who played a pivotal role over the years in leading fundraising efforts, and Mary B. Cannaday. The Chair has been co-funded by the Law School, Penn, and through a grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and a gift from the law firm Duane Morris. The Alexander Chair allows Penn Law to hire a Professor whose primary focus would be on the issues of civil rights and civil liberties.
In 1994 Penn BLSA established a Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Committee and each year since then has hosted an annual dinner and conference to support fundraising for the Chair, as well as celebrate the Alexanders’ lives and legacy. In total, more than 350 donors, including individual alumni, students, and faculty, as well as alumni groups, student groups, law firms, and corporations, have contributed to the establishment of the professorship.
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