85 Park Place N.E., Atlanta, GA

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This year's State of the South Conference this year will look at the relationship between physical location and one’s ability to access courts, equality, and justice. The conference will examine some of the various ways in which our substantive and procedural rights have become location-dependent and discuss ways to increase access to courts, justice, and equality despite these regional and state-based disparities. Alicia Bannon, the editor of State Court Report and Director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Judiciary Program, will be the keynote.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


8:30-9 a.m. | Breakfast/Registration

9-9:15 a.m. | Opening Dean LaVonda Reed & Center Faculty Director Cortney Lollar

9:15-10:30 a.m. | Barriers to Reproductive Health

  • Moderator: Professor Allison Whelan – Georgia State Law
  • Julia Blackburn Stone, Partner, Caplan Cobb LLC
  • Wendy Bach, Professor, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Christine Louise Stanley, Chief Legal Counsel, Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky

10:30-10:45 a.m. | Networking Break

10:45-Noon | Barriers to Pretrial Release

  • Moderator: Professor Cortney Lollar – Georgia State Law
  • Adrienne Johnson, Principal and Senior Counsel, The Wren Collective
  • William Sabol, Distinguished University Professor, Georgia State University Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Sarah Shannon, Meigs Professor and Director, Criminal Justice Studies Program, UGA

12:15-1:30 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote Speaker Alicia Bannon, Director, Judiciary Program, Brennan Center for Justice and Editor in Chief, State Court Report, New York University School of Law

1:30-1:45 p.m. | Networking Break

1:45-3 p.m. | Barriers to Voting

  • Moderator: Professor Anthony Kreis – Georgia State Law
  • Lori Ringhand, J. Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Poy Winichakul, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Kendra Davenport Cotton, Executive Director, New Georgia Project
  • Sailor Jones, Esq., Deputy Director, Common Cause North Carolina

3-3:30 p.m. | Closing

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