Descriptions & Speaker Bios

10:20am – 12:00pm:

  • Raid Defense Training
    • Details Coming Soon!
  • Court Cost and the Criminalization of Poverty: A Primer and Litigation Strategy
    • Panelists: 
      • Nikki Baszynski, Assistant State Public Defender at the Ohio Public Defender
      • Others TBD
    • Description:  This CLE workshop is two-part. First, a brief overview of what the criminalization of poverty is and how court costs contribute to that problem; and second, strategies for challenging the imposition of both authorized and unauthorized court costs.
      • The overview segment will discuss the impact of court debt and methods that courts use to collect debt. It will also cover the impact of court debt on prison quality of life.
      • The litigation section will discuss strategies and techniques for challenging the imposition of court costs generally and then challenging unauthorized costs after imposition. The portion about challenging unauthorized costs will include reviewing cost bills, identifying the proper documentation of costs, and connecting the costs to statutory authority.


  • Fighting Immigration Detention
    • Details Coming Soon!
  • Political Criminal Defense
    • Details Coming Soon!

3:00pm – 4:40pm:

  • Anti-deportation Organizing
    • Details Coming Soon!
  • Anti-First Amendment Bill panel
    • Details Coming Soon!

4:45 – 5:45pm:

  • Rights of Nature & Community Rights: Building a Movement for Change from the Ground Up
    • Panelists: 
      • Tish O’Dell, Ohio CELDF Organizer
      • Terry Lodge, Toledo attorney and local counsel for CELDF
    • Description: This seminar will portray the current efforts of the anti-corporate local community rights movement supported by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a nonprofit, Pennsylvania legal defense organization.
      • The overview will depict the problem of the “box of permissible activism” that controls the scope of, and frequently co-opts, progressive change while lending the illusion of public participation at the local and state governmental levels. The roles of legal pre-emption and “Dillon’s Rule” as constraints on local democratic control of community environmental controversies will be explained in conjunction with the concepts of nature and human labor as property, the growth in rights of corporations, driven by the Commerce Clause and constitutional interpretation, and the corporate dominance in decision making in the U.S.
      • The concepts of “rights of nature” and local community rights, which rely on renewed usefulness of portions of the Ohio Constitution which have fallen into disuse, will be explored, illustrated by stories of local efforts which challenge current governmental limits. Presenters will focus on the recent fight for a charter change in Broadview Heights, Ohio to block hydraulic fracturing gas extraction (“fracking”), and current grassroots efforts supporting environmental bans and assigning legal recognition and standing to ecosystems.
  • Anti-sexism Training: A Guide for Leftist Men
    • Panelists: 
      • Marie Reimers, Co-facilitator Wayne State NLG
      • Madeline Sinkovich Treasurer Wayne State NLG
    • Description:
      • Sexism is so ingrained in our society that it somehow finds its way into even the most leftist of groups. The women of Wayne State organized an anti-sexism training to explicitly address the way sexism infiltrates leftist social justice groups. This training is designed for men who already have a grasp on basic feminist concepts and does not explain concepts like male privilege, feminism, or structural sexism. Instead, it looks at the ways sexism appears specifically in a leftist context, using real life examples from chapters around the Rustbelt.
      • The training is in a workshop format. People of all genders may attend.

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