2012 ACS National Convention Schedule

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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Department of Network Advancement Speed Networking Reception

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Opening Session Panel Discussion: "Interesting Ways to Make a Difference: Lawyers in Varied Settings

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gala Dinner featuring Remarks by Gov. Deval Patrick

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Remarks by Sen. Tom Harkin

9:30 am – 11:15 am

Plenary Panel: "(In)equality in the 21st Century: What's Law Got to Do With It?" (CLE)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • "Are Individuals Losing the Right to Trial by Jury?" (CLE)
  • "The Supreme Court and State Immigration Laws"
  • "DOMA, Equal Protection, Fundamental Rights, Federalism & Marriage"
  • The School to Prison Pipeline

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Luncheon, Awards and Featured Program: "Perspectives on Federalism" featuring Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Judge Alex Kozinski

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • "Collective Action at a Crossroads: A Critical Moment for Workers"
  • Global Warming and Political Cooling: Addressing Climate Change on Many Fronts"
  • "SOPA/PIPA and the Future of IP Protection"
  • Conscience in the Public Square"

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Networking and Book Signing

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


9:00 am – 10:45 am

Plenary Panel: "Citizens United Two Years Later: Money, Politics and Democracy at Stake" (CLE)

11:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Breakout Sessions

  • "What's at Stake: Examining Voting Rights in the 21st Century" (CLE)
  • "After Oral Arguments: The Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act"
  • "The View from the Bench: Judicial Campaigns & Public Confidence in the Courts"
  • "Congressional Gridlock and the Executive: A Battle Over Nominations, Recess Appointments and the Use of the Filibuster"

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Plenary Panel: "The Resegregation of America: Race and the Roberts Court" (CLE)

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Student Leadership Retreat