2013 ACLU Northwest Civil Liberties Conference

09/26/2013 - 6:30pm
Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland

Presented by the ACLU of Oregon, the Lewis & Clark Law School ACLU Student Group, and the Oregon Justice Resource Center.

The fourth annual conference brings together law students, legal professionals and civil libertarians from around the region to explore current civil liberty issues.


6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Legal Research Center (Campus directions and parking info)
Free and open to the public (no registration necessary)

Keynote: Mass Incarceration: Race, Justice and Jim Crow (CLE)

Annual Membership Meeting

1 Access to Justice CLE credit pending

Vanita Gupta is Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, which houses the organization’s criminal justice reform, prisoners’ rights, and capital punishment work. She is leading the ACLU’s National Campaign to End Overincarceration. In addition, Vanita is an adjunct clinical professor at NYU School of Law, where she teaches and oversees a racial justice litigation clinic. Read Vanita's New York Times op-ed How to Really End Mass Incarceration.



Registration required
5.5  General CLE credits pending

9:45 - 11:45 a.m. - Marijuana Reform and the War on Drugs

The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly ensnares hundreds of thousands of people into the criminal justice system and wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars. It is also carried out with staggering racial bias. Despite being a priority for police departments nationwide, the War on Marijuana has failed to reduce marijuana use and availability and diverted resources that could be better invested in our communities. Panelists will discuss recent successes in Marijuana reform and the continued failure of the "War on Drugs."

1 to 2:45 p.m. - Fourth Amendment and Privacy: Big Brother is Watching - sponsored by the Law Office of Jossi Davidson

The world has recently been exposed to how the United States Government has violated its citizens’ constitutionally protected right to privacy. In light of this, the need to fight against unwarranted government snooping has never been greater. This panel will look at various types of surveillance and what can be done at the state and local level to restore the privacy protections guaranteed by our Constitution.

3 - 5 p.m. - Can We Have Police Accountability?

Can we hold police accountable? Police are given extraordinary powers to keep communities safe and a great deal of discretion in exercising that authority. We expect police to respect the civil liberties and civil rights of all individuals. And, as public servants, police officers have the right to unionize and bargain collectively for job benefits and working conditions. However, there are times when the interests of the police officer and the public are in conflict. How do we hold police accountable when police power or discretion is abused?

Conference schedule details and panelists
Venue & Lodging information
Parking info

Attorneys and general admission - $45
Students (ID required) - $10

Registration fee includes lunch.

Online registration is now closed. Registration by check, cash (exact amount only), or credit card is available at the conference.

No refunds for cancellations after September 20.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Teresa (tdomka at aclu-or.org).
A press release is available here.

The ACLU NW Civil Liberties Conference is sponsored in part by:

Reception Sponsor - Lewis & Clark Law School

Panel Sponsor - Law Office of Jossi Davidson, LLC

Lunch Sponsor - Kohlhoff & Welch
Lunch Sponsor - Tonkon Torp LLP

Oakshire Brewing

Lewis & Clark Law School Student Groups:
American Constitution Society
International Law Society
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Lewis & Clark Law School Softball League
Minority Law Student Association
National Lawyers Guild
Public Interest Law Project
Secular Law Society
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy
Student Trial Lawyers Association

Co-sponsored by:
The Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS)

Other supporters:
Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

2013 Lewis & Clark Law School Student Group Co-Sponsors:
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
Native American Law Student Association
Women's Law Caucus


Joseph Westover (L&C Law School ACLU), Coordinator
Diana Winther (L&C Law School ACLU), Asst. Coordinator
Jarrett Wheeler (L&C Law School ACLU), Asst. Coordinator
Leland Baxter-Neal (L&C Law School ACLU), Sponsorships
Nicole Pritchard (L&C Law School ACLU), Volunteer Coordinator
Christine Zenthoefer (L&C Law School ACLU), Marketing

Teresa Domka (ACLU-OR), Co-Chair
Erin McKee (OJRC), Co-Chair
Bobbin Singh (OJRC), Co-Chair