2021 Law Review Symposium

2021 Law Review Symposium

Please join us at Detroit Mercy Law on Friday, March 5th for the 2021 Law Review Symposium: Pandemic: From Disparity to Equity. 

Friday, March 5th, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. 
Virtual via Zoom

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Schedule of Events

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks & Keynote Session with Reginald Turner1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:Panel 1: COVID and the Law

  • Professor Nicholas J. Schroeck & Dr. Carrie Leach: The Exacerbating Role of Technical and Connectivity Challenges on Detroiters’ Health in a Pandemic     
  • Stephanie Blum: Federalism: Fault or Feature – An Analysis of Whether the United States Should Implement a Federal Pandemic Statute.     
  • Christine E. Cerniglia: Disaster Preparedness and Legislative Advocacy 

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.:Panel 2: Employment During a Pandemic

  • Bashar Malkawi: Gender (In)Equality in COVID-19 Era: New Norms, New Roles     
  • John D. Blum, Shawn Mathis & Patsy Romero: Direct Care Workers: COVID’s Forgotten Responders    
  • Evelyn Rangel-Medina: The Disposable Essential Workers of COVID-19: How Low-Wage, Workers of Color Sustain the US Economy

4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: Panel 3: COVID’s Impact on Human Rights & Closing Remarks

  • Maya Watson, Dr. Amy H. Luke & Dr. Thao Griffith: Addressing COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Black and Brown Communities in the Western Cook County Suburbs through International Collaboration and consideration of a Federal Public Health Rights Act     
  • Tiffany Sizemore, Dr. Tammy Hughes & Dr. Jeffrey Shook: Cracks to Chasms: How Black and Brown Children in Special Education are Being Failed During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Brittany L. Raposa: Adding a Layer of Injustice: Amplified Racial Disparities in Reproductive Healthcare in the Wake of COVID-19

Keynote Speaker: Reginald Turner

Reginald Turner is president-elect of the American Bar Association and is a highly accomplished litigator, government affairs advocate and strategic adviser. Turner will assume his role as ABA president in August 2021 after serving a one-year term as president-elect. He joined Clark Hill in 2000 and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor and Employment Practice Group. He clerked for the Hon. Dennis Archer, Sr., at the Michigan Supreme Court in the late 1980s. Turner has held numerous leadership roles in the ABA. He served as the state delegate for Michigan in the ABA House of Delegates, and as chair of the ABA House of Delegates Rules & Calendar Committee, the Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession, and the Committee on Credentials and Admissions. He is a past chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the Commission on the Lawyer’s Role in Assuring Every Child a Quality Education. He is also a past chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He is a past president of both the National Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. He serves on the board of directors of Comerica, Inc., and Masco Corporation, and is active in a host of public service and civic and charitable organizations, including United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Safety Foundation and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Panel 1: Speaker Bios

Nicholas J. Schroeck

The Exacerbating Role of Technical and Connectivity Challenges on Detroiters’ Health in a Pandemic.

Nick Schroeck is an environmental law expert whose work focuses on air pollution, water pollution, environmental justice, transportation, and citizen suit enforcement. Prior to joining our faculty, he directed the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic and taught Environmental Law at Wayne State University Law School. Schroeck also previously served as Executive Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, a Detroit-based nonprofit that provides legal services to address environmental, resource, and energy issues affecting communities in Detroit and the Great Lakes region. Schroeck has litigated cases for several prominent environmental advocacy organizations, including Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Michigan Environmental Council, National Wildlife Federation, and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice. Given the depth of his expertise, Schroeck is regularly sought after by National Public Radio, WDET-FM, and other national and local media to provide analysis on current issues.

Dr. Carrie Leach

The Exacerbating Role of Technical and Connectivity Challenges on Detroiters’ Health in a Pandemic.

Carrie Leach, PhD, MPA is a Research Associate at the Institute of Gerontology and Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors at Wayne State University. Health and communication disparities motivate her scholarly and community engagement activities that build on her expertise in environmental health literacy, health communication, and participatory communication and research processes that tap into community wisdom by partnering with older adult

Stephanie Blum

“Federalism: Fault or Feature – An Analysis of Whether the United States Should Implement a Federal Pandemic Statute.”

Stephanie Blum has a J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, an M.A. in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.A. in political science from Yale University. She has written a book and various articles on homeland security and civil rights issues. She is currently Senior Counsel to the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as a mediator to DHS’s Interagency Dispute Resolution Group. Previously, she worked as a Special ICE OPLA Trial Attorney, provided legal advice to DHS’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, taught as an adjunct professor, and served as a law clerk to three federal judges. The views in this Symposium are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of the Agency or the U.S. Government.

Christine E. Cerniglia

Disaster Preparedness and Legislative Advocacy

Christine E. Cerniglia is an Associate Professor of Law at Stetson College of Law and serves as the Director of Clinical and Experiential Education. She works with other clinicians across the country on disaster outreach and innovation in law school curricula to address the many legal needs post disaster. At Stetson, she helped create a Disaster Research Project where pro bono attorneys were able to submit research questions on disaster benefits and students were able to learn through the research assignment. She helped create a course entitled “Disaster Law” now offered every spring semester where students learn through simulation how to interview someone post disaster and draft a FEMA appeal. She also helped create a Disaster Law externship where they are able to work with Equal Justice Disaster fellows on real life cases or on larger policy issues.

Panel 2: Speaker Bios

Bashar Malkawi

Gender (In)Equality in COVID-19 Era: New Norms, New Roles

Bashar H. Malkawi is Global Professor of Practice in Law at University of Arizona. He is well-versed in teaching and providing legal advice with 20+ years’ experience in private and public sectors. Bashar’s work covers a variety of subjects and which have appeared in such top-tier journals as Harvard Negotiation Law Review and American Journal of Comparative Law. In addition to his scholarship, Prof. Malkawi frequently consults for different international organizations and governments.

John D. Blum

Direct Care Workers: COVID’s Forgotten Responders

John D. Blum is a Professor of Law Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Blum is the founding director of Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy and was the inaugural holder of the Bernard J. Beazley Chair in Health Law & Policy. For many years he has taught courses in government health policy, public health law and long- term care law, and is widely published in these areas. Blum is a past recipient of the Jay Healey Teaching Award in Health Law, an annual award given by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Professor Blum is a graduate of Canisius College, Notre Dame Law School and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Shawn Mathis

Direct Care Workers: COVID’s Forgotten Responders

Shawn Mathis is in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico, specializing in health law and policy. After receiving her Health Law L.L.M. from Loyola Law School Chicago in 2011, she spent five years as a Staff Attorney for the New Mexico Legislative Council Service. During that time, she staffed the interim Legislative Health and Human Services Committee, its Disabilities Concerns and its Behavioral Health subcommittees. She also conducted research and drafted legislation for members of the New Mexico Legislature, acquiring experience in a broad range of health and social services policy areas. Before her legislative work, Shawn was in private practice for 30 years representing clients in heavily regulated industries. This included nearly a decade as in-house counsel managing litigation for two Fortune 500 companies. Since 2012, she has been a professor in Loyola’s online health law program and has authored several works in the area of health law.

Patsy Romero

Direct Care Workers: COVID’s Forgotten Responders

Patsy Romero is the Executive Director of Santa Marua El Mirador in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Evelyn Rangel-Medina

The Disposable Essential Workers of COVID-19: How Low-Wage, Workers of Color Sustain the US Economy

Evelyn Rangel-Medina is the inaugural Visiting Assistant Professor of the Center for Racial and Economic Justice at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Over the past decade and a half, she developed an expertise in building and leading national racial, gender and economic justice organizations, having held positions at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC United), the Greenlining Institute, and United for Respect. Professor Rangel-Medina graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2016. Her research focuses on the intersections of critical race theory, immigration status, environmental justice, and human rights.

Panel 3: Speaker Bios

Maya Watson

Addressing COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Black and Brown Communities in the Western Cook County Suburbs through International Collaboration and consideration of a Federal Public Health Rights Act.

Maya Watson is an attorney and the Director of the Maywood Medical-Legal Partnership in Maywood, IL. She is also a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Health Justice Project at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she co-teaches a course entitled, “Health Justice Lab: Race and Health Equity.” Prior to joining Loyola University Chicago, she was a law firm partner for several years and practiced transactional law in Detroit, Michigan for 11 years. She left the law firm to obtain a Masters of Law degree in International Human Rights from Northwestern University School of Law and, since that time, her practice has evolved into public interest law, health law and poverty law. Her primary research interests relate to reparative justice, health equity and human rights.

Dr. Amy H. Luke

Addressing COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Black and Brown Communities in the Western Cook County Suburbs through International Collaboration and consideration of a Federal Public Health Rights Act.

Amy Luke, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Loyola University Chicago. Her area of research is the epidemiology of chronic diseases among populations of the African diaspora. For over 26 years, she has been engaged in both observational studies on the causes of excess rates of hypertension, diabetes and obesity in communities of color in the Caribbean, Africa and the US, and in service to the communities local to the university. She has been involved in the CoVID Equity Response Collaborative: Loyola (CERCL) since its inception in April 2020.

Dr. Thao Griffith

Addressing COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Black and Brown Communities in the Western Cook County Suburbs through International Collaboration and consideration of a Federal Public Health Rights Act.

Dr. Thao Griffith is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Her goal is to facilitate optimal individualized care for preterm infants and empower their parents; to prepare and empower the next generation of nurses, facilitating their journeys to becoming leaders and a person for and with others. In addition, she is highly committed to serve the community and involve in interdisciplinary effort to address systemic injustice and health disparities.

Tiffany Sizemore

Cracks to Chasms: How Black and Brown Children in Special Education are Being Failed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tiffany Sizemore is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Studies at Duquesne University School of Law. She founded and directs the Youth Advocacy Clinic at the law school. The clinic represents youth in delinquency and education matters. Professor Sizemore’s work focuses on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Prior to joining the Duquesne Law faculty, she was a career public defender representing both children and adults in the juvenile and criminal legal systems.

Dr. Tammy Hughes

Cracks to Chasms: How Black and Brown Children in Special Education are Being Failed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Jeffrey Shook

Cracks to Chasms: How Black and Brown Children in Special Education are Being Failed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brittany L. Raposa

Adding a Layer of Injustice: Amplified Racial Disparities in Reproductive Healthcare in the Wake of COVID-19

Brittany L. Raposa is a Professor at Roger Williams University School of Law School of Law and teaches Reproductive Justice there. Prior to joining Roger Williams, she worked for several years as a litigation associate practicing family law in Massachusetts. Her scholarship focuses on women’s reproductive freedom and issues of reproductive justice.

Questions Regarding the Law Review Symposium?

For questions regarding the Law Review Symposium, please contact Marta Mazur, Symposium Director at mazurmm@udmercy.edu.