LJSJ 2014 Symposium • Friday, March 21 • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

Rebel Lawyering: Advocating for social justice

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On March 21, please join LJSJ for a two-hour panel presentation as we analyze the role of lawyers in social justice practice. Our hope is to deeply question what it means to be an attorney engaged in social justice while plotting the way forward by looking to activists, attorneys and professors who inspire us.

LJSJ 2013 Symposium • Friday, March 1 • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

Just /Justice: Valuing Fairness & Efficiency in the Criminal Justice SystemLJSJ_Symposium_Poster

On March 1, join LJSJ for a daylong symposium featuring attorneys, judges, community advocates, and legal scholars as we examine how to transform an inherently unfair criminal justice system into one that values fairness and efficiency.

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Featured speaker Paul Charlton, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, leads off the day with a discussion about ethics and sentencing reform. Other panel topics include vulnerable populations in the criminal justice system, the mental health crisis within the criminal justice system and ways to reform the system in a more fair and efficient way.

Additional panelists include: Tammy Wray, attorney with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office and its criminal mental health unit; Bob Ortega, senior investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic and lead author of the paper’s series “The Price of Prisons”; the Honorable Sally Duncan, Maricopa Superior Court judge who handles a specialty calendar focused on adolescent offenders; Andrew Clemency, ASU associate professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and senior attorney for MCPDO; Nora F. Greer, a private practice attorney specializing in representing mentally ill criminal defendants; Michael Weakley, Deputy Director for one n ten, a Phoenix non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of the area’s LGBTQ youth and young adults; Fredrica Strumpf, attorney with the MCPDO and former behavioral health specialist; Mary Lou Brncik, founder of David’s Hope, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public about the plight of the incarcerated mentally ill; Xia Wang, ASU assistant professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, who studies race and ethnicity and the criminal justice system; Alan Eladio Gomez, ASU professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry.

LJSJ’s 2012 Legally Gay Symposium explored ‘What’s next?’

LJSJ hosted its second Symposium on March 9, 2012. Panel discussions covered issues relating to the LGBT community including: workplace rights, marriage and adoption issues, and the evolving concept of “family.”

The 2012 Symposium speakers and authors included:

Dr. Robert N. Minor is a Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas where he taught for thirty-three years and was the chair of the Religious Studies Department for six. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received the Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Iowa in 1975 and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago.  A national resource for information on gender issues and gay/straight relationships for organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and media outlets such as NBC and USA Today, Robert N. Minor, Ph.D. has been speaking, consulting, and leading workshops for fifteen years.  Dr. Minor is the Founder of the Fairness Project and author of several books, including: Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to Be Human.

Read his Symposium article: Arguing about Families – Gay, Straight or Neither by Robert N. Minor

David Lopez was sworn in on April 8, 2010, as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He was nominated by President Obama on Oct. 22, 2009, and given a recess appointment on March 27, 2010, and confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 2010. Mr. Lopez is the first field staff attorney to be appointed as General Counsel.

David Lopez has served in the Commission for 17 years in the field and at headquarters. Prior to this, Mr. Lopez was a Supervisory Trial Attorney at the Commission’s Phoenix District Office, where he oversaw the litigation of a team of trial attorneys. When Mr. Lopez initially joined the Commission 1996, he served as Special Assistant to then-Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he advised Chairman Casellas on policy and litigation matters and helped develop the agency’s strategic plan for development of pattern or practice cases. He also represented the EEOC in an inter-agency working group commissioned by the Clinton White House to monitor potentially discriminatory immigration legislation. In addition, as Special Assistant, he oversaw the development and coordinated the implementation of the Commission’s National Enforcement Plan, which is still in effect today.  Mr. Lopez graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988 and graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University in 1985, with a B.S. in Political Science.

Zachary Kramer teaches Employment Law, Special Topics in Employment Discrimination Law and Property. His research focuses on antidiscrimination law, law and sexuality, and work/family issues.  Before joining the College of Law faculty in 2010, Professor Kramer taught at Penn State (2008-10) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2006-08). He began his teaching career as the inaugural Charles R. Williams Teaching Fellow at UCLA School of Law. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Kramer served as the editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Law Review.  Prof. Kramer previously was published in the Law Journal for Social Justice, Vol. II: The Details of Discrimination by Zachary A. Kramer

Carrie Sperling teaches Legal Method, Legal Advocacy, and Advanced Persuasion and Creative Advocacy. Her scholarly writing incorporates research from various disciplines to improve advocates’ persuasive techniques.  An active member of the legal writing community, Professor Sperling serves on the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ scholarship committee and chairs the Legal Writing Institute’s Pro Bono Committee. Her legal career centered on public interest law, first as director of the ACLU’s north Texas region, then as an advocate in federal court for inmates on Texas’s death row, and most recently as the first executive director of the Arizona Justice Project – one of the nation’s first innocence projects.  Professor Sperling continues to link her research to practice, guiding teams of volunteer attorneys and law students in investigating and presenting prisoners’ claims of innocence in the courts. Some of her pro bono cases have been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Dallas Morning NewsThe Sacramento Bee, and the Phoenix New Times.  Before joining the College of Law, Professor Sperling was an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She has also served as a law clerk to the Hon.  Jerry Buckmeyer, U.S. District Judge, and the Hon. Paul D. Stickney, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Texas.  Read her Symposium article: The Rhetoric of Same-Sex Relationships by Carrie Sperling

Madelaine Adelman is Associate Professor of Justice & Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She conducts ethnographic research on and teaches about law and society, gender violence, sexual and social justice and research methods. Her research has been published in a range of social science journals. Currently, she is co-editing a special issue of the international journal Violence Against Women, co-editing a book entitled “Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City,” and writing her own book “Battered States: The Politics of Domestic Violence in Israel.” Adelman is a co-founder and co-chair of the Phoenix chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). She also co-chairs GLSEN’s National Advisory Council and is a member of the GLSEN National Board of Directors.  Read the Symposium issue article: Public Schools as Workplaces: The Queer Gap Between “Workplace Equality” and “Safe Schools” by Madelaine Adelman and Catherine Lugg.

Richard Storrow

Richard Storrow is a professor of law at City University of New York. He writes on the comparative regulation of the infertility industry and the intersection of law and ethics in the delivery of medical care. His scholarship explores the theme that respect for reproductive autonomy is a natural outgrowth of societal commitments to equality and justice. His recent articles explore the legal dimensions of cross-border reproductive care, the new illegitimacy in international commercial surrogacy and the failure of restrictions on assisted reproduction to satisfy the principle of proportionality. During the autumn of 2010 at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, he examined the development of the Spanish law on human assisted reproduction pursuant to a Fulbright grant from the United States government.

Clifford Rosky is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Before joining the faculty, he served as a research fellow for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law. While at the Williams Institute, he co-authored over 30 demographic reports on lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations in the United States, and developed teaching materials on sexual orientation and law.

Professor Rosky received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities and the Ribicoff Postgraduate Research Fellow. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk for The Honorable Robert D. Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and he worked as an associate at the law firms of Covington & Burling and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Professor Rosky teaches courses on criminal law, civil rights, and sexuality, gender and law. His research has been published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, the Arizona Law Review, and the Connecticut Law Review. He is a member of Equality Utah’s Board of Directors.

Regina Jefferies is partner in the firm of Thomas & Jefferies, PLLC and practices solely in the field of immigration and nationality law. She has extensive experience in family-based immigration, Federal court litigation and asylum law.  She works with individuals and families throughout the United States and abroad to find innovative solutions to complex immigration and nationality issues.

Previously, Jefferies was manager of the Immigration Services Program at Friendly House Inc., a non-profit, social services agency in Phoenix.  Before joining Friendly House, Jefferies worked for the international firm of Littler Mendelson Global, focusing exclusively on employment-based immigration

Jefferies received a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a J.D. from the Arizona State University College of Law.

Jennifer Johnson is a sole practitioner in the Los Angeles area practicing in the areas of taxation and general civil litigation. A graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, she is currently earning her LL.M. in Business Tax and International and Comparative Law from UCLA College of Law. Her research includes extensive focus on the effect of hate crimes, the constitutionality of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act compared to international regimes, and the effect of Federal legislative acts upon LGBT persons. A native of Saudi Arabia, she previously served as a Fellow for the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights, researching the status and treatment of women in compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in Cairo. She is the current President Elect for the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles.


Jesse Soledad Arrieta, M.A. received her Bachelor’s degree in Chicano/a Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002. Research and teaching interests include Chicana history, labor history and Chicana/Latina activism. In 2004, she received her Master’s degree in History from the University of California, Irvine. Concentrations of study include women’s history, oral histories, feminist, and gender studies. Ms. Arrieta has a Texas teaching certificate in Composite Social Studies. Currently, she teaches World Geography at Mission Early College High School and for the Chicano/a Studies department at the University of Texas at El

Michael J. Tucker is a shareholder in the law firm of Michael J.Tucker, P.C.  Since 1988, Michael has concentrated his practice in the area of trusts and estates.  Since 1991, Michael has participated in pro bono projects of the Maricopa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and particularly of the HIV/AIDS Law Project.  For his volunteer work, Michael was honored by the Maricopa County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program as its 1994 Attorney of the Year and its 2003 HIV/AIDS Project Attorney of the Year, and by the Arizona Bar Foundation as the recipient of its 1995 Pro Bono Service Award.

Peter Chip Coffey is the Director of Outpatient Services for St. Luke’s Behavioral Health in Phoenix AZ.  He runs three outpatient clinics that treat clients with Mental Health Issues and Chemical Dependency issues. Chip received his Masters degree in Professional Counseling and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy from Ottawa University.  He is considered an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and as well with his work with the LGBTQ Community. Chip also shares that a great deal of his success in life comes from his own journey of self acceptance. Chip is openly and comfortably gay, he and his partner just celebrated their 24th anniversary. Although they have not been able to legally marry in the state of Arizona, they were married 7 years ago in Vancouver, British Columbia.

2010 inaugural Symposium

On October 21 & 22, 2010, the Law Journal for Social Justice hosted its inaugural Symposium, Liberty and Justice for Some? A Symposium on the Implications of Recent Arizona Legislation.

“I did feel like we had a spirited discussion.  It was a good panel overall.  Kudos to all in the Journal for putting together a good event.  It is a solid start for the Journal.  Congratulations!” – Sigmund “Zig” Popko, Clinical Professor of Law, Post-Conviction Clinic Director, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Pictured: LJSJ crew with Dean Johnson of the UC Davis College of Law, the 2010 keynote speaker.

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