The 6th Annual WIPI Conference was organized by law students at the University of Georgia School of Law, the University of Alabama School of Law, and the Florida State College of Law.

Schedule of events

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Friday, April 1st
7:00 PM

Keynote address

Steve Gottlieb, Atlanta Legal Aid Society

The Melting Point, Athens, GA

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Steve Gottlieb has worked for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society (ALAS) since 1969, becoming the Director in 1980. The ALAS provides legal counsel on civil matters for low income clients in Fulton, DeKalb, Calyton, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties.

Saturday, April 2nd
10:00 AM

Courts in Crisis: Thawing the Cold War Over Judicial Nominations

Timothy L. Meyer, University of Georgia School of Law
Russell Wheeler, Brookings Institution
Michael Gerhardt, University of North Carolina School of Law

Larry Walker Room, 4th floor Rusk Hall

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Explores the impact and constitutionality of the political standoff in the Senate that stalls the confirmation process of federal judges.

11:30 AM

Arizona's Grand Question: Who Can Regulate the Hire of Unauthorized Labor under Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting?

Larry Nackerud, University of Georgia School of Social Work
Dale Schwartz, Dale M. Schwartz & Associates, LLP
Karen Weinstock, Siskind Susser

Room B, Hirsch Hall

11:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Explores recent state legislation that cracks down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, and considers that larger impact on national immigration reform.

Game Over: Violent Video Games and Juvenile Crimes

Randy Beck, University of Georgia School of Law
Cheryl Olson, Harvard Medical School
Gerry Weber, Southern Center for Human Rights
Dan Islett, Parents Television Council

Room A, Hirsch Hall

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Discussion of possible relationship between video games and childhood violence. Includes considerations of First-Amendment rights of manufacturers and implications of Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association.

1:00 PM

Loan Repayment and Personal Finance for Aspiring Public Servants

Ryan Nofsinger, GL Advisor

Room A, Hirsch Hall

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Shares federal loan repayments programs, based on income levels, available to Law School graduates.

The Financial Costs and Legal Repercussions of Marriage Inequality

Lisa Milot, University of Georgia School of Law
Kim Mellen, Syefarth Shaw, LLP

Room B, Hirsch Hall

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Discusses the financial and legal consequences that couples face when their unions are not recognized by the State.

2:30 PM

Bringing the Harlem Children's Zone to Georgia: Making the Program Work in Small-town America

Andrea L. Dennis, University of Georgia School of Law
Tim Johnson, Whatever It Takes Athens
Rasuli Lewis, Harlem Children's Zone
Robin Shearer, Western Judicial Circuit of Georgia

Room B, Hirsch Hall

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Explains how the Harlem Children's Zone helps students graduate from post-secondary schools despite some legal and political barriers, and explores the program's potential in Athens, Georgia.

The Great Fleecing of the the Greatest Generation: Employment Discrimination and Consumer Fraud Harming the Elderly during the Tough Economic Times

Sherry L. Jackson, Community Care Services
Bill Broker, Georgia Legal Services
Chris Couillou, Federal Trade Commission
Natalie Thomas, Georgia Department of Human Services

Room B, Hirsch Hall

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Considers the challenges facing older Americans in terms of finding employment and avoiding consumer fraud and the legal recourse available to this demographic group.

4:00 PM

Getting Past the Politics: How the Healthcare Reform Affects You

Fazal Khan, University of Georgia School of Law
Sylvia Caley, Georgia State University School of Law
David Howard, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
Glenn Pearson, General Hospital Association

Room B, Hirsch Hall

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Discusses the anticipated implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Georgia residents with particular focus on specific demographic groups.

Raising the Bar on Effective Assistance: Tackling Collateral Consequences of Criminal Defendants after Padilla v. Kentucky

Russell C. Gabriel, University of Georgia School of Law
Jessica French, Virginia Division of Legislative Services
Seann Riley, Bronx Defenders
Gerry Weber, Southern Center for Human Rights

Room A, Hirsch Hall

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Discusses the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Padilla v. Kentucky on defense attorneys' holistic defense responsibilities. Explores the role of counsel to inform clients of direct and indirect consequences of convictions.