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Attorneys, activists meet April 11-12 at UI to discuss hoglots, other issues

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Midwestern attorneys and activists will explore the legal and social issues surrounding hoglots, immigration, domestic violence, the death penalty and other issues during a two-day conference at the University of Iowa that kicks off with a keynote address by noted civil rights attorney Arthur Kinoy Friday, April 11.

The National Lawyers Guild's Midwest Regional Conference, "Sowing the Seeds of Change: Grass Roots Activism," will begin with Kinoy's lecture at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12 and run until 4:30 p.m.

All sessions take place in the Boyd Law Building of the UI College of Law.

The conference, sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the UI chapter of NLG, is open to the public, but registration fees are required. Fees are $20 for NLG members; $25 for non-members; and $15 for students (the fee is waived for UI students, staff and faculty).

Kinoy, who is visiting the College of Law April 7-11, is currently Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Rutgers University Law School.

He is co-president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the co-national chairperson of the National Center for Public Action. He also directs the National Center for Public Interest Law at Rutgers.

Among the highlights of his 50-year career of work on behalf of activist groups protesting abuse of governmental and presidential power, Kinoy successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 that the administration of then-President Richard M. Nixon should be barred from using electronic surveillance to monitor domestic organizations without a warrant. The Court ruled such warrantless eavesdropping was unconstitutional.

Conference panel sessions April 12 include:

-- "Smells Like Money to Me: Hoglots in Rural America," 10 a.m. Scheduled panelists include attorneys from the rural activist group PrairieFire.

-- "Legislating Pain: Domestic Violence Laws," 10 a.m. Scheduled panelists include Linda McGuire, assistant dean, and Merle Weiner, associate professor, both of the UI College of Law.

-- "Think Globally, Act Locally: Immigration in the Midwest," 12:30 p.m. Scheduled panelists include Iowa attorneys Tomas Rodriguez and James Benzoni.

-- "Making Choices in Iowa: Parental Notification/Clinic Site," 12:30 p.m. Scheduled panelists include Marilyn Cohen, executive director of the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City.

-- "Preemptive First Strike: Grass Roots Protests & Project ELF," 2:30 p.m. Scheduled panelists include Wisconsin activist John LaForge and attorney John Bachman.

-- "Guilty to the Max: SuperMax Prisons & Trends in Prison Construction," 2:30 p.m. Scheduled panelists include Illinois attorney Erica Thompson.

-- "Standing Watch Over the Death Penalty," 2:30 p.m. Scheduled panelists include Ben Stone, executive director of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union.

Conference registration opens at 5:30 p.m. April 11 and at 9 a.m. April 12. Advanced registration is requested.

For more information, contact Christy Wolfe at (319) 341-9319.