Date:  Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: Warren Room 295, Berkeley Law

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8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Sign-in for registered attendees

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Opening Remarks

9:00 A – 10:00 AM 
Panel 1: Disability and Equality in the CRPD Era

  • Arlene Kanter (Syracuse University College of Law), “Reframing the Right to Equality for People with Disabilities”
  • Ravi Malhotra (Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa), “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Canadian and American Jurisprudence”
  • Moderator: Susan Schweik, Professor of English, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, University of California, Berkeley

10:00 AM to 10:15 AM – Break

10:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Panel 2: Social and Economic Rights for Persons with Disabilities and the Challenge of Equality

  • Mark Weber (DePaul University, College of Law), “Immigration and Disability in the United States and Canada”
  • Freya Kodar (Faculty of Law, University of Victoria), “Exploring the Accommodation Gap: Pensions and Income Security for Persons with Disabilities in Canada”
  • Bonnie  Lashewicz, Department of Community Health Sciences, (University of Calgary), “More than meets the eye: Relational autonomy and decision-making by adults with disabilities”
  • Elizabeth Pendo (Saint Louis University School of Law), “Disability and Health Care”
  • Moderator: Karen Tani, Assistant Professor, Berkeley Law

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM – Lunch (Goldberg Room)


1:15 PM to 3 PM
Panel 3: Challenging Processes and Procedures -Changing the Landscape for PWDs

  • Aloke Chatterjee  (Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick), “Can We Advance Disability Rights through the Class Action?” 
  • Carrie Griffin Basas (Appellate and Civil Rights Attorney, Seattle, WA, M.Ed Candidate, University of Washington), “Advocacy Fatigue: Self-Care, Disability Discrimination, and Legal Attrition”
  • Laverne Jacobs (University of Windsor, Faculty of Law | Berkeley Law, University of California), “Do Disabled Voices Make a Difference?: Exploring Equality and Fairness in the Enactment of Accessibility Standards in Ontario”
  • Stephen  Rosenbaum (Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley), “Une Procédure en Difficulté: A Radical Blueprint for Resolving “Special” Education Disputes through an Inquisitorial Process”
  • Moderator: Ella Callow, Legal Program Director, Through the Looking Glass


3 PM to 3:15 PM – Break

3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Panel 4: Current Disability Rights Litigation in California

  • Arlene Mayerson, Attorney, Disability Rights Education Defense Fund (DREDF)
  • Haben Girma, Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates 
  • Moderator:  Keith Hiatt, PhD Candidate, JSP Program, Berkeley Law

4:15 PM to 4:30 PM
Wrapup & Closing Remarks

4:30 PM – End of Symposium and Reception
Goldberg Room 295, Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)

7:00 PM – Dinner for speakers and organizers
Durant Hotel
2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704