Adam Cox, Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law
Alina Das '05, Associate Professor of Clinical Law; co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic
Nancy Morawetz '81, Professor of Clinical Law; co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic
The international human rights system is facing unprecedented attacks from a combination of longstanding authoritarian regimes and an increasing array of illiberal democracies.
What are the principal challenges for the human rights movement, especially but not only in the United States? Is human rights a discourse whose time has passed, or is this precisely the moment when it assumes new salience? Are existing approaches to human rights sufficient for the task, or is something very different needed?
Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law; UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Ejim Dike, Human rights advocate, former Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network
Margaret Satterthwaite, Professor of Clinical Law; Faculty Director, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights
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Unconscious or implicit biases are automatic mental associations that affect the way we make decisions. While some implicit biases provide harmless shortcuts, others involve negative stereotypes and prejudices. Brian Welle, Director of People Analytics at Google, designed and led "bias-busting" workshops for tens of thousands of Google employees. In a conversation with Professor Anthony Thompson, Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, Dr. Welle will explore the nature of unconscious bias, the training rollout at Google, and lessons for institutions as they strive to mitigate bias in the workplace and the classroom. To get the most out of this program, we encourage you to take an online test through Project Implicit.
This event is part of the speaker series for the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and is co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law. The speaker series is supported by Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
What lies ahead for US-China relations, especially in the business world? At this Forum, David Bonderman, Harvard Law '66, and Dick Cashin, two well-known investors with extensive experience doing business in China, offer their perspectives. Both are founders of investment firms, Bonderman of TPG, where he is chairman, and Cashin of One Equity Partners, where he is president. Professor of Law Jerome Cohen, Faculty Director of our US-Asia Law Institute and a leading expert on Chinese law and government, will moderate what should be a stimulating discussion, and audience members are encouraged to bring questions of their own.
Aides to President Donald Trump have said that over the next two months the administration will roll out a proposed budget, a revamped health care plan, a new tax reform package, and an infrastructure initiative. And in his speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Trump may offer an outline of his economic vision. Experts on this Forum panel-all of whom have held senior federal government positons dealing with taxation, the budget, and the economy-will assess the prospects for the president's program, the challenges of turning his populist rhetoric into policy reality, and whether proposals being developed by Trump and Congress will translate into higher living standards and for whom.
Lily Batchelder - Professor of Law and Public Policy; served as deputy director of the White House National Economic Council and deputy assistant to President Barack Obama, and as majority chief tax counsel for the US Senate Committee on Finance.
Diana Furchtgott-Roth - Senior Fellow and Director of the Economics21 Program, the Manhattan Institute; served on the transition team for President Donald Trump and as chief economist of the US Department of Labor and chief of staff of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush.
Jason Furman - Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and deputy director of the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama.
David Kamin (moderator) - Professor of Law; served as special assistant for economic policy to the president and adviser to the director of the US Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama.
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Last August, to address Puerto Rico's economic crisis, President Obama created a financial oversight and management board. Critics call it the colonial control board, seeing it as a throwback to a darker era of federal subjugation. By whatever name, the problem the board is charged with solving is enormous and urgent. The US commonwealth owes its creditors more than $70 billion and doesn't have enough money to pay them back. Some say recent cutbacks in services by the island's cash-strapped government are creating a humanitarian crisis. At this Forum, experts will discuss the causes of Puerto Rico's current predicament, how best to return the island to fiscal health, and the controversial role of the board. How well is it balancing the interests of bond holders and the island's residents? Panelists include two members of the board and one of its vociferous opponents, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, as well as a recent NYU Law alum whose law firm represented Puerto Rico's previous administration in negotiations over a fiscal turnaround plan.
Clayton Gillette, Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law, NYU School of Law (moderator)
Arthur Gonzalez, Senior Fellow, NYU School of Law
Antonio Pietrantoni '15, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker, New York City Council
David Skeel, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
We generally look to acts of Congress and court rulings to establish fundamental rights—the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, to outlaw discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and Obergefell v. Hodges, for same-sex marriage. Congress and the courts, however, have been slow to act in the broad field of LGBTQ rights, including legal protection for transgender individuals. In this as in so many other legal fields, the Obama administration has taken the lead through administrative action. Earlier this year, the Departments of Justice and Education sent a guidance letter to colleges and universities stating that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on a student’s transgender status, including in bathroom access. More than a dozen states have challenged these guidelines in federal court. Although administrative agencies have long played a leading role as innovators in antidiscrimination law, modern developments in administrative law make their actions more vulnerable to judicial defeat. At this Forum, a panel of experts will discuss the bathroom-access issue and where it fits into both the broader goals of transgender advocacy and the history of regulatory innovation in the civil rights arena.
Gabriel Arkles, Associate Teaching Professor, Northeastern University School of Law
Jacob Gersen, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Sophia Lee, Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Scott Skinner-Thompson, Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering, NYU School of Law
This program has become a staple of the Forum-panelists look back at some of the noteworthy decisions from the Supreme Court's last term and ahead to important cases on tap for the coming term. This year, the looking-forward portion of the discussion will be a bit different. With just eight justices (and confirmation of a ninth not happening anytime soon), the Court appears to be reluctant to take high-impact cases. And with a presidential election in the offing, the ideological make-up of the Court hangs in the balance. Our panel of experts-all of whom have done some combination of clerking for, arguing before, or producing acclaimed scholarship on the Court-will thus devote more time to discussing the Court as an institution and the politics that surround it.
Paul Clement, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis (as of Oct. 1)
Caitlin Halligan, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Burt Neuborne, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties, NYU School of Law
Scott Hemphill, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
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Each presidential campaign is distinctive in its own way, and this one, maybe more than many, has provoked wide-ranging discussion on the processes by which the voters are informed about and then choose the next president. Issues for consideration include the effect of transformed campaign finance in the wake of Citizens United; conflicts in the courts likely to last until the eve of the election over voting rights; the role of private actors performing a public function like the Commission on Presidential debates; stresses on the formal political parties and their roles; and controversies over the norms and structure of press coverage. Two of NYU Law's experts in a discipline founded here at the Law School-Law and Democracy-will discuss these topics and field questions from the audience.
The Civil Jury Project is sponsoring a forum exploring the themes of Professor Suja Thomas’s new book “The Missing American Jury.” The book emphasizes the constitutional role of civil, criminal, and grand juries. It argues that the jury should be recognized as a co-equal of the traditional actors and specifically as a significant check to balance their powers—essentially as a governmental “branch.” It then explores the reasons for the decline of jury trials in the United States and the effects this decline has on our society and democracy. Our discussion will touch on all these topics.
Co-sponsored by NYU Reproductive Justice Clinic and ProPublica, journalism in the public interest.