OPS_PublicInterest Symposium
Public Interest Law Career Symposium
An annual symposium sponsored in part by the frank h.t. rhodes public interest fellowship fund.
January 29, 2016:

Advocating for Affordable Housing - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Melissa Gallo '12, Miami Coalition for the Homeless, Legal Policy Director; Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, 2012-14 Rhodes Fellow
  • Diane Glauber, Co-Director of the Fair Housing and Community Development Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
  • Amy Emerson, Cornell Law School, Associate Director for Administration and Access Services and Lead Instructor, Legal Research Clinic
Building an Urban Agriculture Infrastructure 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Ben Tettlebaum '12, Staff Attorney, and 2013-15 Rhodes Fellow, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Jennifer Rushlow, Staff Attorney and Director of Farm and Food Initiative, Conservation Law Foundation   
  • Beth Lyon, Clinical Professor of Law and founder of Cornell's Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic
Supporting Clients on Probation - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Cristina Laramee '14, Bronx Defenders, 2014-16 Rhodes Fellow
  • Robyn Mar, Team Leader and Director of Early Advocacy, Bronx Defenders
  • Keir M. Weyble, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Death Penalty Litigation
Improving U.S. Refugee and Asylum Representation - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Colleen Cowgill '15, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2015-17 Rhodes Fellow
  • Leslie Vélez, Senior Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Estelle McKee, Clinical Professor of Law, Lawyering and the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic
Dinner and Keynote - 7:15 - 9:15 p.m. (RSVP only)
The Statler Hotel at Cornell
"Our Clients' Lives Matter:  The Imperative of Quality Public Defense to Achieve Criminal Justice Reform"
  • Patricia Warth '96, Chief Hurrell-Haring Implementation Attorney, New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services