Join the University of Baltimore Center on Applied Feminism and the Law Review at the 7th Annual Feminist Legal Conference on March 6-7th. For more information on the conference schedule click here for the full slate of panels and speakers.
The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Seventh Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference. This year’s theme is “Applied Feminism and Health.” The conference will be held on March 6 and 7, 2014. For more information about the conference, please visit law.ubalt.edu/caf.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) and renewed attacks on reproductive health in the United States, the time is right to consider the relationship between feminism and health across multiple dimensions. This conference seeks to explore the intersections between feminist legal theory and physical, mental, public, and community health in the United States and abroad. Papers might explore the following questions: What impact has feminist legal theory had on women’s health policy and practice? How might feminist legal theory respond to the health challenges facing communities and individuals, as well as increase access to health care? What sort of support should society and law provide to ensure good health? How do law and feminist legal theory conceptualize the role of the state in relation to health rights and reproductive justice? What are the links between health, feminist legal theory, and sports? Are there rights to good health and what are their foundations? How do health needs and conceptions of rights vary across cultural, economic, religious, and other identities? What are the areas where health justice is needed and how might feminist legal theory help?
This conference will attempt to address these and other questions from the perspectives of activists, practitioners, and academics. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants and audience members to exchange ideas about the current state of feminist legal theories. We hope to deepen our understandings of how feminist legal theory relates to health and to move new insights into practice. In addition, the conference is designed to provide presenters with the opportunity to gain feedback on their papers.
The conference will begin the afternoon of Thursday, March 6, 2014, with a workshop for conference participants. This workshop will continue the annual tradition of involving all attendees as participants in an interactive discussion and reflection. On Friday, March 7, 2014, the conference will continue with a day of presentations by legal academics, practitioners and activists regarding current scholarship and/or legal work that explores the application of feminist legal theory to issues involving health. The conference will be open to the public and will feature a keynote speaker. Past keynote speakers have included Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Dr. Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, and Senators Barbara Mikulski and Amy Klobuchar.
To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract by Friday, 5 p.m. on November 1, 2013, to email@example.com. It is essential that your abstract contain your full contact information, including an email, phone number, and mailing address where you can be reached. In the “Re” line, please state: CAF Conference 2014. Abstracts should be no longer than one page. We will notify presenters of selected papers in mid-November. We anticipate being able to have twelve paper presenters during the conference on Friday, March 7, 2014. About half the presenter slots will be reserved for authors who commit to publishing in the symposium volume of the University of Baltimore Law Review. Thus, please indicate at the bottom of your abstract whether you are submitting (1) solely to present or (2) to present and publish in the symposium volume. Authors who are interested in publishing in the Law Review will be strongly considered for publication. Regardless of whether or not you are publishing in the symposium volume, all working drafts of papers will be due no later than February, 14, 2014. Abstracts will be posted on the Center on Applied Feminism’s conference website to be shared with other participants and attendees.
We look forward to your submissions. If you have further questions, please contact Prof. Michele Gilman at mgilman@ubaltedu.
Please join the University of Baltimore Law Review and our group of distinguished panelists for our upcoming symposium:
PRIVACY RIGHTS AND PROACTIVE INVESTIGATIONS:
EMERGING CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: The University of Baltimore School of Law, Moot Court Room
Moderator: Thiru Vignarajah, Chief – Major Investigations Unit, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office
Emerging technologies and investigative techniques have spawned a new wave of opportunities for law enforcement as well as constitutional challenges for defense attorneys and prosecutors. Our symposium, “Privacy Rights and Proactive Investigations: Emerging Constitutional Issues in Law Enforcement,” examines growing tensions between constitutional safeguards and effective law enforcement in Maryland and across the nation. The symposium seeks to assemble leading scholars and practitioners to explore, through scholarship and debate, three issues that have once more thrust Maryland to the frontier of law enforcement: the validity of DNA databases, new approaches and the latest thinking on witness identifications, and the use of tracking devices after United States v. Jones.
PANEL 1: Location Tracking after United States v. Jones 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
NANCY FORSTER, Former Public Defender for the State of Maryland
JASON MEDINGER, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland ANN O’CONNELL, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice NANCY OLIVER, Division Counsel, Department of Justice – ATF
PANEL 2: Innovations in Suspect Identification 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ANTHONY BATTS, Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department
FREDERICK BEALEFELD, Former Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department
GREGG BERNSTEIN, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City
REBECCA BROWN, Director of State Policy Reform for the Innocence Project
MICHELE NETHERCOTT, Director, University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic
PANEL 3: DNA Database Laws and King v. Maryland 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
JESSICA GABEL, Associate Professor, Georgia State University School of Law
STEPHEN B. MERCER, Chief Attorney, Forensics Division, MD Office of the Public Defender
RANA SANTOS, DNA Technicial Leader for the Baltimore Police Department
SCOTT SHELLENBERGER, State’s Attorney for Baltimore County
KATHERINE WINFREE, Chief Deputy Attorney General for Maryland
Co-hosted by: Criminal Law Association
On Friday, November 9, 2012, the Supreme Court announced that it would review Maryland v. King next year, and in the process rule on the constitutionality of the state’s controversial DNA collection law, which allowed police to obtain a DNA sample from arrestees suspected of violent crimes or burglary for comparison against the state’s database before they are found guilty of the underlying crime. When Alonzo Jay King Jr. was arrested on assault charges in 2009, he information gleaned by the comparison was used to convict King of a 2003 rape, and the state’s Office of the Public Defender appealed the conviction on the grounds that extracting the DNA sample from an arrestee was a violation of Fourth Amendment protections. The Maryland Court of Appeals agreed, ruling that obtainment of DNA evidence for the purpose of a speculative search of crime data for comparison did in fact violate King’s right to freedom from unreasonable and unwarranted search.
The Supreme Court signaled its intent to review the case when it granted the state of Maryland a stay in July, and the King decision promises to be a landmark ruling which will draw the boundaries of law enforcement’s authority to collect scientific evidence from arrestees. The implications of the King decision case will be highlighted in our March symposium and Volume 42, Issue 3, as we await word from the Court.
The first issue of the University of Baltimore Law Review was published in Winter 1971. Volume 1 Issue 1 contained three student notes, several book reviews, and an article by then-Attorney General Francis B. Burch, an incredible achievement even for eleven ambitious evening students.
The journal has come a long way since that time. Four decades after the publication of our first issue, with a staff of more than seventy students, we still aspire to the high standard set by the classes before us. In 2011-12, the Volume 41 Executive Board began publishing four issues a year and using an entirely digital production process, eliminating a paper-based process that had existed for forty years. It is therefore with an emphatic nod to our journal’s past that we announce this new endeavor, a student-run website that will offer an outlet for the timely publication of editorials, commentary, and legal scholarship for the Law Review staff and the local legal community as a whole.
While much remains to be decided about the scope and breadth of the online version of our journal, we hope our readers will enjoy the additional content and look forward to seeing our online presence evolve as future classes build upon it.
The Volume 42 Executive Board