Representing Protesters and Activists: What You Need to Know
Webinar Faculty: Lee Rowland, Senior Staff Attorney & Jeffert P. Robinson, Deputy Legal Director/Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
March 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm eastern (90 minutes)
About the Webinar: Jeff Robinson and Lee Rowland of the ACLU will talk through key considerations in representing protesters facing criminal charges. Topics will include: the values and tactics of representing activists; distinctions between civil disobedience and constitutionally-protected protest; free speech and protest law 101; the right to record; criminal charges frequently received by protesters; and possible constitutional defenses to protest-related charges.
About the Faculty:
Lee Rowland (@berkitron) is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Lee has extensive experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, and public speaker; she has litigated and filed amicus briefs in First Amendment cases on behalf of the ACLU for over a decade. She speaks and writes about topics including the intersection of speech and privacy, the rights of protesters, student and public employee speech, obscenity, and the Communications Decency Act, among others. Lee serves as a clinical professor in Hunter College’s Human Rights Program, and is a member of the New York Bar Association’s Communications and Media Law Committee. Lee is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Law School.
Jeff Robinson is a Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which houses the ACLU’s work on criminal and racial justice and reform issues. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeff has three decades of experience working on these issues. For seven years, he represented indigent clients in state court at The Defender Association and then in federal court at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, both in Seattle. In 1988, Jeff began a 27 year private practice at the Seattle firm of Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender where he represented a broad range of clients in local, state, and federal courts on charges ranging from shoplifting to securities fraud and first degree murder. He has tried over 200 criminal cases to verdict and has tried more than a dozen civil cases representing plaintiffs suing corporate and government entities. Jeff was one of the original members of the John Adams Project, which enabled him to work on the behalf of one of five men held at Guantanamo Bay charged with carrying out the 9-11 attacks. In addition to being a nationally recognized trial attorney, Jeff is also a respected teacher of trial advocacy. He is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and has lectured on trial skills all over the United States. He has also spoken nationally to diverse audiences on the role of race in the criminal justice system. He is past President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a life member and past member of the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Jeff is also an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.