The American Civil Liberties Union’s Dennis Parker and the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky will headline the Milton and Ethel Sorokin Symposium to discuss the First Amendment in the wake of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country.
Parker is director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, leading its efforts in combating discrimination and other issues that have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Parker oversees work to combat the “school-to-prison” pipeline, the profiling of airline passengers subjected to searches and wrongfully placed on watch lists and the racial bias in the criminal justice system.
Von Spakovsky is the manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative and a senior legal fellow in the Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. His background includes time with the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department, where he served as counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights.
The Milton and Ethel Sorokin Symposium, sponsored by the UConn School of Law, the ACLU of Connecticut and the UConn Law Chapter of the ACLU of Connecticut, takes place every year and focuses on First Amendment topics. Additional support for this event has been provided by the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies.
More information is available at www.acluct.org/events/2015-milton-and-ethel-sorokin-symposium