Friday, February 4, 2011
40 Washington Square South
Free to attend
6.0 "Areas of Professional Practice" CLE credits available for full day attendance
Corporations play a tremendously important role in shaping the lives of almost every human being living on this planet. They wield enormous political, economic as well as cultural influence. Yet, they have not traditionally been considered important agents of reform. This is beginning to change. Over the past several decades, the growth of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement has reflected, and in turn encouraged, a greater awareness of the positive role corporations can play as members of local, national and global political communities and not merely as profit-making machines. Meanwhile, the failure of legal reform, either in Congress or the courts, to address many of the most important social as well as economic and political problems raised by the concentration of power in corporate hands. As a result, the private sphere is increasingly the space in which innovative attempt to promote progressive ideals such as equality and diversity take place. From Page to Practice: Corporations as Progressive Actors will bring together scholars, activists, and practitioners both within and outside the corporate world to examine the role that corporations play - as employers, as participants in global markets, and as political actors - in promoting progressive ideals. This event will also examine the limits and risks raised by a shift away from public regulation and toward the private sphere.
Chai Feldblum, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Yolanda Wu, Co-President and Co-Founder of A Better Balance and Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU School of Law
Sandra Bushby, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, Pfizer, Inc.
Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Rekha Eanni-Rodriguez, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York
Paul Sonn, Legal Co-Director, National Employment Law Project
Panel 2: Corporations and Consumers, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, Associate Professor of Law NYU School of Law
Douglas Kysar, Joseph M. Field '55 Professor Law, Yale Law School
Alan B. Morrison, Associate Dean of George Washington University Law School and Co-Founder of Public Citizen
Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California
Panel 3: Corporations in Global Markets, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law NYU School of Law
Doug Cahn, Principal, The Cahn Group, LLC; President and Founder of Clear Voice Hotline Service;
and former Vice President, Human Rights Programs, Reebok International Ltd.
Cynthia Estlund, Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Michael Guest, Leader of the U.S. delegation to the Warsaw, Poland portion of the 2010 Review Conference of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe; Senior Advisor to the Council for Global Equality; and former U.S. Ambassador to Romania
Cynthia Williams, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law
Cocktail Reception to Follow
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