October 4, 2019

9:00 am - 6:30 pm

2019 ACS Northeast Regional Convening

New York Law School, New York, NY

American Constitution Society

Northeast Regional Student Chapter Convening

October 4th, 2019 • 9:00am — 6:00pm

New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York

Join progressive law students and professionals from across New York and neighboring states for the ACS Northeast Regional Convening. The Convening is co-hosted by the ACS New York Law School Student Chapter and the ACS New York Lawyer Chapter.

Come shape the debate, build networks, and make a difference. See the agenda below for more information. Registration is FREE.


9:00 a.m.

Check-in opens at the New York Law School lobby (185 West Broadway).

Coffee available in Room WA11.

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.​ (Room WA10)

Keynote address by Dawn L. Smalls, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP; Member, ACS National Board of Directors

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Room WA10)

Session 1: Resisting Hate

  • Nadia Aziz, Co-Interim Director of the Stop Hate Project, Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law
  • Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs, PEN America
  • Michael L. Bloch, Counsel, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
  • Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School; Former President, American Civil Liberties Union

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.​ (Room WA11)

Grab-and-go lunches available for Convening registrants.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. (Room W220)

Session 2: ​Policing the Police - Enforcing Transparency and Accountability, a CLE panel presented by the NYLS Racial Justice Project

  • Monifa Bandele, Vice President and Chief Partnership & Equity Officer, MomsRising.org; Steering Committee Member, Communities United for Police Reform
  • Alvin Bragg, Visiting Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Racial Justice Project, New York Law School; former Chief Deputy Attorney General, New York State Office of the Attorney General
  • Andrew G. Celli, Jr., Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP
  • Julian Clark, Policing Fellow, Policing Project at NYU School of Law
  • Christopher Dunn, Legal Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Jonathan Darche, Executive Director, New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board
  • Moderated by Rebecca Roiphe, Professor of Law and Co-Dean for Faculty Scholarship, New York Law School; former Assistant District Attorney for New York County

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (Room WA10)

Session 3: 2020 – Elections, Gerrymandering, and the Census

  • Perry Grossman, Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Kristen Johnson, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause New York
  • Ajay Saini, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (Room WA10)

Session 4: The Changing Role of the State Attorney General

  • Alvin Bragg, Visiting Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Racial Justice Project, New York Law School; former Chief Deputy Attorney General, New York State Office of the Attorney General
  • Matthew Colangelo, Chief Counsel for Federal Initiatives, New York State Office of the Attorney General
  • Lisa F. Grumet, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Director of the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families, New York Law School
  • Mayur Saxena, Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Affirmative Civil Rights and Labor Enforcement, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (Room WA10)

Session 5: The Second Amendment and State Efforts in Gun Violence Prevention

  • Rebecca Fisher, Executive Director for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
  • Eric Ruben, Assistant Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Nicholas Suplina, Managing Director for Law and Policy, Everytown for Gun Safety

6:00 p.m. Networking Happy Hour Reception

Join us for post-convening drinks and snacks at M1-5 Lounge at 52 Walker Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

Check back here for more information regarding scheduling and confirmed speakers.