Fri. 4/14 DC Democracy Symposium

Friends – Please join us, forward, and register HERE.


Presented by the
University of the District of Columbia Law Review

Friday, April 14, 2017
4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Room 518, Washington, DC 20008

The April 2017 UDC Law Review Symposium will focus on the potential threats to the District of Columbia created by the 2016 election. The District’s pursuit of statehood is threatened by the shift in political power, and the newly elected administration and the Republican-controlled Congress have voiced significant opposition to many of the District’s progressive policies. Topics for the symposium include:

  • Areas in the District of Columbia which are at-risk under the new administration
  • Strategies to advance the District of Columbia’s autonomy
  • Congressional voting rights for District of Columbia residents
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia and the Tennessee Plan
  • Pursuing enactment of progressive legislation (e.g., paid family leave; campaign finance)
  • Charter Amendments (e.g., placing courts under local authority)

To read about our panelists in the event program, click HERE (pdf)


10:00am – 10:05amOpening Remarks/Welcome

  • Dean Shelley Broderick, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

10:10am – 10:30amOpening Keynote: A Discussion of the New Columbia Constitution

  • Beverly Perry, Senior Advisor, Executive Office of the Mayor

10:30am- 12:00pmPanel 1: Protecting the District from Congressional Incursions: Affirmative Strategies and Defensive Maneuvers

  • Moderated by Robert Spagnoletti
  • Betsy Cavendish, General Counsel, Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Natalie Ludaway, Chief Deputy Attorney General, District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General
  • Mark H. Tuohey, Director, Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel

12:15pm – 1:00pmLunch/ Speaker

  • Wade Henderson, President & CEO, The Leadership Conference

1:15pm – 2:45pmPanel 2: Offense v. Defense: A Risk Analysis of DC Autonomy in 2017

  • Moderated by Dean Broderick
  • Jon Bouker, Chair, DC Appleseed; Partner, Arent Fox LLC
  • Mary Cheh, D.C. Council Member, Ward 3
  • Bo Shuff, Director of Advocacy and Engagement, DC Vote
  • Walter Smith, Executive Director, DC Appleseed
  • Eugene Kinlow, Director of Federal and Regional Affairs, Executive Office of the Mayor

3pm – 4:15pmPanel 3: The Social implications of DC Statehood through the Eyes of Social Justice Advocates and Journalists

  • James Wright, Reporter, AFRO American Newspaper
  • Aaron Davis, Reporter, Washington Post
  • Martin Austermuhle, Multimedia Reporter, WAMU

4:30pm – 5:00pmClosing Capstone Address

  • Jamie Raskin, U.S. Representative, 8th District of Maryland

5:00pm – 6:30pmReception

Feel Free to Forward, and please register HERE.

Questions: ASCoughlin22

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