Images of the immigration system in crisis flood Twitter while new headlines appear on a daily basis of celebrities who have allegedly engaged in egregious sexual misconduct. Changes to immigration law and developments surrounding the #MeToo movement has prompted a national and international dialogue about immigration, women’s human rights, and sexual harassment.

The Federal Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in New York City September 13 – 15, 2018 aims to analyze women’s human rights issues and immigration law as well as the #MeToo movement. This is an excellent opportunity for activists, scholars, policymakers, lawyers, and judges to draw lessons from the latest headlines. Register on or before August 10, 2018 to enjoy early bird rates.  Go to www.fedbar.org/FBAcon18.

“Women’s Human Rights Roundtable – the Plight of Female Refugees, Children, and Migrant Domestic Violence Victims” is a session which seeks to understand the Human Rights Protections afforded at the Global Level and explore how these protections have been further solidified at the regional level. Attendees will learn how to identify the limitations of implementation at the state level and examine regional efforts to monitor state compliance.

Speakers Gemma Solimene (Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law), Deborah Anker (Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program), Francesca Braga (Research Assistant, Leitner Center for Law and Social Justice), and Marjoleine Zieck (Professor, Amsterdam Law School) will address intergovernmental processes, refugee and asylum law, gender equality, and women’s empowerment. Review international human rights law while surveying the specific framework for the protection of female refugees, children, and migrant domestic violence victims.

As we begin to watch Harvey Weinstein and others face accountability for alleged sexual harassment conduct, employers and employees are raising the bar. In workplaces inside and outside Hollywood, sexual harassment is a form of sexual victimization with its roots in sexism, and it continues to be one of the most common forms of workplace mistreatment.

The #MeToo hashtag and subsequently the Time’s Up campaign have pressed for action and constructive solutions amid a wave of disclosures regarding abusive behavior that has gradually filtered beyond Hollywood to journalism, tech, politics, finance, and law.  As a result, the time is ripe for a session on “#MeToo: Implementation and Administration of an Effective Anti-Harassment Policy.”

Speakers will discuss (a) what constitutes sexual harassment, (b) why reporting sexual harassment is critical, (c) how to properly investigate a charge, (d) what is prompt remedial action and (e) recent tax consequences governing confidential sexual harassment settlement agreements.

Donna Phillips Currault (Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett LLC), Phillip M. Kitzer (Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel), Hon. Lisa M. Smith (U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York), and Mary A. Smith (Jackson Lewis P.C.) shall discuss how recent public outcry has impacted this practice area of labor and employment law.

Join the FBA at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention for a packed agenda full of inspiring speakers, numerous networking opportunities, award ceremonies, chapter meetings, and the presidential installation banquet! Sign up now at www.fedbar.org/FBAcon18.


 

Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.