Please join us on Friday, November 11th, 2011, for our annual fall symposium, beginning at 8:30a.m.for light breakfast in the atrium, followed by welcoming words from Dean Bahamonde-González in the ceremonial moot courtroom. The first of three panels will begin at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will take place at noon in Westminster Hall, and will include a keynote address by Kalima Young, Education Advocate for the ACLU. The event will conclude at 3:00p.m. in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom after the third panel has presented.
Dr. Brad Sachs, Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, and Author; Mr. James Gilliam, Deputy Executive Director of the ACLU/SC; Ms. Cristina Meneses, Staff Attorney for the Public Health Law Clinic; Professor David Groshoff, Professor at Western State University, College of Law; Mr. Jonathan Brice, School Support Network Officer for BCPS; Ms. Samantha Shofar, Senior Attorney, Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights; Ms. Barbara Grochal, Director of the Maryland Schools Conflict Resolution Grants Program at Maryland Law
This fall, our symposium will address bullying policy as it relates to LGBT youth and the school system. Our first panel will discuss the meaning of bullying for LGBT youth in the context of schools as well as the recent trends in severity and type of bullying aimed at this population of students. The second panel will analyze the current policies, and lack thereof, that protect LGBT students in schools. Additionally, the panelists will address whether other types of protective actions can and do take place on behalf of LGBT youth at school. Our last panel will address the viability of such policies and actions. Moreover, the panelists will speak to the likelihood and type of potential future changes in policy.