January 17, 2014

Bar Honors Dr. King with Civil Rights Symposium

January 30, 2014
This program is CLE Easy Pass eligible. Register now!

The Columbus Bar continues its tradition of honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a full day of CLE and an evening reception on Thursday, January 30. Collaborating with the Managing Partners Diversity Initiative, the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the Black Law Students Associations of Capital University Law School and Moritz College of Law, the Columbus Bar presents the Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Symposium, an in-depth analysis of some of today’s most pressing civil rights issues (6.0 hours of CLE credit).

Sharon Davies, who took the helm of the Kirwan Institute at OSU for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at OSU in January 2012, will kick off the Symposium with an introduction to implicit bias research. Professor Davies will present the latest research findings from social and behavioral science and neurology about unconscious or “implicit” bias, and its implications for criminal justice.

The program includes a frank discussion about the perception of Race in the judicial system from the prosecution and defense perspective. Quest speakers include Kenneth L. Parker (U.S. Attorney Ofc. Southern District Ohio), Carol O’Brien (Pros. Delaware Co.), Bradley Davis Barbin (Barbin Law Inc.), Frederick D. Benton Jr. (Frederick D. Benton Jr. LPA). This panel will be moderated by Eric Holloway (Eric Holloway Law Group).

Attendees will hear the judicial perspective on Race and poverty with presenters Judge Stephen McIntosh (FC Common Pleas) and Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. (U.S. District Ct., Southern Ohio). The moderator is Ashon McKenzie (OAG Criminal Justice).

The morning wraps up with a look at the role the media plays in bias in the court system. C. Raphael Davis-Williams (Spater & Davis-Williams) brings his experience as both a civil rights attorney and former member of the media.

The afternoon begins with focus on consideration of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; EEOC's 2012 Guidance on longstanding court decisions and guidance the EEOC issued over twenty years ago; 2012 Guidance on employment discrimination based on race and national origin; the differences between arrest and conviction records; the disparate treatment and impact analysis under Title VII; EEOC's 2012 Guidance best practices for employers. Jeffery Stern, Senior Trial Attorney with the EEOC is the presenter.

Voter Rights presenter is Daniel P. Tokaji (Mortiz). An update on legal for same gender couples Supreme Court Decision with presenter LeeAnn M. Massucci (Massucci & Kline) will round out the event.

Attendees are invited to a reception after the program where the Black Law Students Association of Capital Law will present their annual Image Award to Yvette McGee Brown.

Register online for the Symposium, or call the Columbus Bar at 221-4112.