Our plans for the Southern Regional Conference, scheduled for Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2012, are starting to come together. The conference will take place from approximately 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or possibly going as late as 3:00 p.m.) on Sunday. In addition, we are thinking of hosting an event on Friday afternoon, May 18 – perhaps a happy hour – followed by an informal dinner get-together Friday evening. There will also be a party on Saturday night. Information on area hotels and other possible housing options will be posted soon.
Regarding our panel topics, so far, we are planning a panel on “Mass Incarceration, the New Jim Crow, and the Privatization of Prisons” and a 1-hour documentary on the same topic; another panel on immigration law hot topics; and a litigation skills workshop focusing on three or so discrete areas of litigation, such as mass representation and ordinance challenges. We will be offering CLE credits and also hope to include an ethics component for those seeking ethics credits. Other possible speakers/participants at the conference include representatives from the Coalition for Immokalee Workers, Food Not Bombs, and the Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”). Although we’re getting close to finalizing our panels and speakers, if there are topics that you would like to see included, please email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to see you all in Miami!