April 10, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jerome Green Annex, Columbia Law School, 410 West 117th St., New York, NY 10027 | LeitnerCenter@law.fordham.edu
Graduating students interested in applying for the Tolan Fellowship in International Human Rights should come to this brief information session to learn about the application and ask questions about the process. This meeting is mandatory for current students who plan to apply for the Tolan Fellowship in 2014. Students who are unable to come but would like to apply for the Fellowship should email Elisabeth Wickeri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kosher pizza will be served.
Speaker: Griselda Vega, the Director of Training and Advocacy at Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program
Human trafficking is not a problem affecting only developing countries. Of the estimated 700,000 to 2 million people who are trafficked globally each year, thousands are trafficked to or within the United States. New York City has been identified as a major hub. Griselda Vega, the Director of Training and Advocacy at Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, will discuss the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act in the context of policy and current events.
Kosher pizza will be served.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Speakers: Wanda M. Akin Brown and Raymond M. Brown, American lawyers who represented an accused at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and currently represent victims before the ICC in the investigation and situation in Darfur.
American lawyers practicing in international courts face a unique set of challenges. Lawyers Wanda M. Akin Brown and Raymond M. Brown will discuss their experiences representing defendants in the Special Court for Sierra Leone and victims of the Darfur Genocide in the ICC. They will also present an analysis of the most important legal issues currently being considered by international courts.
Kosher pizza will be served.
Raymond M. Brown is the President and Co-Founder of the International Justice Project (IJP), and a partner in the litigation department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, where he chairs the firm’s White Collar Defense and International Human Rights Compliance Practice Groups. Mr. Brown has handled a wide variety of U.S. criminal and civil matters representing individuals and corporations. He has appeared in courts and conducted investigations throughout the U.S., Kenya, El Salvador, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Uganda and Sierra Leone. His IJP work concerning the Darfur Sudan reflects a larger concern with humanitarian law and the law of human rights which has included serving as chair of the International Refugee Rights Initiative in Kamala, Uganda and 12 years of service on the board of Human Rights First. Mr. Brown is the host of the Emmy Award-winning New Jersey Network program “Due Process” and has provided legal analysis and coverage for many broadcast venues.
Wanda Akin Brown is the Co-Founder and Vice-President of the International Justice Project (IJP) and has her own law practice in Newark, NJ, specializing in representing victims and accused in cases of gender-based violence. A professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Ms. Akin has over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer focusing on criminal justice as well as civil matters in U.S. and international courts. She is a member of the List of Counsel eligible to represent victims and accused before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and currently represents the first Darfurian victims recognized by the ICC to participate in the case against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. Ms. Akin is a periodic guest commentator and has made appearances on television broadcasts including Court TV, MSNBC, Inside the Law (PBS), UPN 9 News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and News 4 New York.
The Leitner Center’s new CSR and Global Lawyers Project is delighted to be supporting an upcoming pro bono conference hosted by Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. On February, 14th 2014, Social and Political Responsibilities of Lawyers in Liberal Democracies will bring together leading academics and lawyers from across Colombia and the US to discuss the social responsibility of lawyers to provide pro bono services to society. Through an examination of the legal and political frameworks of pro bono in different countries around the world, the conference will explore the meaning of pro bono and will question the particular responsibility that falls on lawyers to provide free legal services to the poor and under-served. The conference will also present a special report on pro bono work in Colombia developed by the Leitner Center and the University of the Andes in 2013. Research for this report was conducted by students in the Corporate Social Responsibility Clinic 2012, under the direction of Professor Daniel Bonilla Maldonado, Distinguished Leitner Center Visiting Professor at Fordham Law School (2011-2012) and Associate Professor of Law at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Professor Paolo Galizzi, Clinical Professor of Law at the Leitner Center, will be moderating at the conference.
The CSR and Global Lawyers Project is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Program at the Leitner Center directed by Professor Paolo Galizzi and Emily Smith Ewing, PVH Corp. Fellow. The Global Lawyers Project is a new initiative that researches and analyzes access to justice and provision of pro bono services in different countries and regions around the world. More information on the Corporate Social Responsibility Program and the Global Lawyers Project can be found here.