Media and Human Rights: From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Tahrir Square
Location: Koskoff Koskoff & Beider Trial Courtroom, William F. Starr Hall, Room 108
- Katherine Kane, Executive Director, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
- Molly Land, Professor of Law and Human Rights, UConn Law School
- Richard A. Wilson, Gladstein Chair and Professor of Anthropology and Law, UConn Law School
This panel will examine the impact that media, both new and old, has had on social change and human rights. The presenters will focus on three examples of media at times fostering, and at other times undermining, respect for human rights. The first is the impact that Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin had on popular sentiment toward slavery and the coming of the Civil War. The second is the role that radio played in creating an atmosphere that fostered mass violence during the genocide in Rwanda. The third is the role that social media and new technologies have played in recent popular democracy movement, including in the Arab world. The presenters will consider the opportunities, challenges, and dangers that media can present for the protection of international human rights law.
The 2008 Meltdown: Who Let It Happen
Location: William R. Davis '55 Courtroom, William F. Starr Hall, Room 204
- James Kwak, Associate Professor of Law and William T. Golden Scholar, UConn Law School and Co-author, Thirteen Bankers
More than five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the effective nationalization of AIG and much of the auto industry, the recent financial crisis remains a topic of heated debate. James Kwak has been a prominent commentator since the early days of the crisis; he writes a widely cited blog (The Baseline Scenario) and co-authored 13 Bankers, a bestselling history and analysis of the contemporary financial system. He will discuss the changes in the financial system and the political and regulatory decisions that made the financial crisis possible, as well as the failings that could easily lead to yet another financial crisis.
New Models of Legal Services Delivery
Location: Cheryl A. Chase Hall, Room 110
- William H. Clendenen, Jr., Founder and Principal, Clendenen & Shea, LLC and Vice-President, Connecticut Bar Association
- Mark A. Cohen ’79, Co-founder, Managing Director, Clearspire Law Company
- Steven M. Greenspan ’85, Associate General Counsel, Litigation, United Technologies Corporation
- Moderator: Daniel L. Gottfried ’04, Adjunct Instructor, UConn Law School and Partner, Hinckley Allen
The traditional law firm never has been under greater pressure between client demands, partner mobility and compensation expectations, rising overall costs. Into this environment an entirely new dynamic has arrived: new forms of competition through entirely different service delivery models. Several models have arisen that offer lawyers with training and background equivalent to BigLaw associates and partners (Axiom; Clearspire); others are internet-based (Legal Zoom). In Connecticut the bar and our law schools are experimenting with an “incubator” model to get solo practitioners started in low cost settings, with the hope of graduating them to panel representation of middle Americans who would not otherwise afford a lawyer.