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2012 NW Civil Liberties Conference

Presented by the ACLU of Oregon, the Lewis & Clark Law School ACLU Student Group, and the Oregon Justice Resource Center. 

Friday-Saturday, September 14-15, 2012

The third annual conference brings together law students, legal professionals and civil libertarians from around the region to explore current civil liberties issues. This year’s conference also includes a free workshop on Saturday with a focus on privacy and technology (as part of the ACLU of Oregon’s annual membership meeting).



Registration  required - 6.25 continuing legal education (CLE) credits pending (including 2.5 Access to Justice credits)

Keynote - Separate and Unequal: Race, Justice, and Immigration 

9 to 9:45 a.m.

Cecillia WangDirector of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
Cecillia began her career as a civil rights lawyer with a fellowship at the Immigrants’ Rights Project in 1997-98 and rejoined the project in 2004, first as a staff attorney, and then as a senior staff attorney and as managing attorney for the Project’s California office.  Her practice centers on issues at the intersection of immigration and criminal law, including state anti-immigrant laws, racial profiling and other unlawful police practices.


10 - 11:45 a.m. - LGBTQ Rights - sponsored by Morel Ink
1:15 - 3 p.m. - Death Penalty: Death is Different
3:15 - 5 p.m. - First Amendment and Protest: A Year After Occupy

Conference Schedule and Panelists
Venue Lodging  information

Early bird registration until August 24, 2012
Attorneys  - $100
Public Interest Attorneys, Non-attorneys $75
Students (ID required) - $25

After August 24, 2012
Attorneys - $150
Public Interest Attorneys, Non-attorneys $100
Students (ID required) - $25

Registration fee includes meals. 



FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP-space is limited.

10 - 11:45 a.m.

Privacy Revolution - Protecting Civil Liberties in the Digital Age

1.75 continuing legal education (CLE) credits pending


Featuring Chris Conley, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California 

Efforts at the federal level to pass laws like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA )and  the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) have attracted widespread attention and criticism, and rightly so. But Washington DC is far from the only place that officials are making decisions that impact the privacy and free speech rights. State and local officials are jumping into the fray as well, passing laws or creating policies that have immediate impact without the spotlight that accompanies federal action. The fact is privacy laws have failed to keep up with emerging technologies.

In this workshop, we will survey several areas where state and local officials have recently been active, including warrantless location tracking, searches of student and employee devices and online accounts, automated license plate recognition, and DNA collection. Keeping an eye on — and even taking time to educate — your local city council or state legislature may be just as important as protecting your freedoms at the national level.  See what the ACLU is doing in this area and learn how you can help.

Chris Conley’s mission is to ensure that emerging technology bolsters rather than erodes individual privacy and free speech rights. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to protecting civil liberties, from building apps and other tools that help users better understand and control the flow of their personal information to working on resources that help businesses build privacy and free speech protections into new products and services.

Prior to joining the ACLU of Northern California, Chris was a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he led research efforts on international Internet surveillance. He previously worked as a software engineer and data architect for various corporations and non-profits.

11:45 a.m. - Noon 
ACLU of Oregon update (annual membership meeting)

Noon - 2 p.m. BBQ and music  with Walkfast  and Jesiah (DJ)


The ACLU NW Civil Liberties Conference is sponsored in part by:

Morel Ink

Ransom Blackman LLP
Tonkon Torp LLP

Design: Mac Barett
Printing: ColorHaus PrintCo

Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance (Lewis & Clark Law School Student Group)
Minority Law Student Association 
(Lewis & Clark Law School Student Group)
Public Interest Law Project (Lewis & Clark Law School Student Group)


Become a sponsor. Download the Sponsorship Benefits and Sponsorship Form.


2012 Lewis & Clark Law School Student Group Co-Sponsors:
American Constitution Society
Employment Law Society
National Lawyers Guild
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy 



Kimberly McCullough (L&C Law School ACLU), Coordinator
Joseph Westover (L&C Law School ACLU), Asst. Coordinator
Diana Winther (L&C Law School ACLU), Volunteer Coordinator

Teresa Domka (ACLU-OR), Co-Chair
Erin McKee (OJRC), Co-Chair
Bobbin Singh (OJRC), Co-Chair