University of St. Thomas Law Journal
2022 Spring Symposium

Prisoner Rights and Prison Conditions

The University of St. Thomas Law Journal invites the community to attend our 2022 Spring Symposium.

Friday, April 22, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM



8:00 AM: Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM: Introduction - Robert Vischer, Dean and Mengler Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota

Keynote Address: The Good Prisoners’ Rights Lawyers Do — Despite the Courts - Sharon Dolovich, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program

9:15 AM: Panel A: Health Care in Prison - Moderator: Prof. Dolovich
Winning the Case is Not the End of the Case: Making the Right to Health Care a Reality - Corene Kendrick, Deputy Director, ACLU National Prison Project
Pregnancy and Parenting in Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic - Rebecca Shlafer, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Reasonableness and Deliberate Indifference in the Time of Misinformation: Carceral Responses to COVID-19 - Rachel Kincaid, Assistant Professor of Law, Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center, Baylor University
The Constitutional Right to Medical and Mental Health Care in Correctional Facilities - Andrew Noel, Partner, Robins Kaplan, Minneapolis, Minnesota

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: Panel B: Personal Safety for Prisoners - Moderator: Rachel Paulose, Visiting Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota
Dismantling the Discrimination to Incarceration Pipeline for Transgender People Of Color - Chinyere Ezie, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Taking the Prison Rape Elimination Act Seriously: Setting Clear Standards for Identifying and Protecting Vulnerable Prisoners From Sexual Violence in Confinement - Alexander Klein, Attorney, Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone, Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Claire Kueffner, Attorney, Lewis Brisbois, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good Luck Holding the Government Liable When Its Employee Sexually Assaults Someone on the Job - Kenneth Ubong Udoibok, Attorney, Minneapolis, Minnesota

12:00 PM: Luncheon

12:30 PM: Luncheon Address
As if Prison Wasn’t Bad Enough: COVID-19 and Intensified Interest in the Politics of Crime - Paul Schnell, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Corrections

1:30 PM: Panel C: Other Issues in Prisoner Rights - Moderator: Mark Osler, Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law, University fo St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota
Carceral Secrecy - Andrea Armstrong, Law Visiting Committee Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University-New Orleans
The PLRA’s Limits on Preliminary Injunctions - Catherine Struve, David E. Kaufman & Leopold C. Glass Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania
Abusing Taxation of Court Costs by Government Lawyers to Chill Pro Se Civil Rights Claimants - Alexandra Gannon, Attorney, Erickson & Wessman, Bloomington, Minnesota, and Nicole L. Stangl, Attorney, Ruder Ware, Wausau, Wisconsin
Locked Up and Trafficked Out: Prison Labor and the Thirteenth Amendment - Megan Massie, Law Class of 2022, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
How Qualified Immunity Condones Rogue Behavior by Government Officers - Gregory Sisk, Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

3:00 PM: Break

3:15 PM: Panel D: The Perspective of Incarcerated Persons (Panel Discussion) - Moderator: Prof. Sisk
Paul Wright, Human Rights Defense Center
Oray Fifer, Spokane, Washington
Rudy Martinez, Former Federal Commuted Prisoner, Illinois


Note to in-person attendees: In the interests of protecting our community, we strongly urge all guests of the university to be fully vaccinated before visiting our campus. Further, face coverings are recommended in all indoor, public spaces regardless of vaccination status. If you feel sick, please stay home.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Megan Massie
Symposium Editor, University of St. Thomas Law Journal

For information about past UST Law Journal Symposia visit our Symposium Archive page.