March 30 2015 at 12:00 PM
Law School Building, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium
Are you trying to combine your passion, love of social justice and practice? Have you thought about the world of prosecutions? Sex crimes, human trafficking, hate crimes and sex trafficking prosecutions allow you to make a good living, embrace social justice, and acquire extremely valuable trial and litigation skills. Come hear a panel of experts discuss how they've combined passion, politics and practice. This event is presented by the Women’s Law Caucus, National Lawyer’s Guild and Student Board of Governors.
Elizabeth Campbell is a clinical assistant professor of law in the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Her research and teaching interests focus on human trafficking, immigration, domestic violence and criminal law, and she is a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce. She is spearheading a pilot project in partnership with Washtenaw County aimed at better responding to victims of human trafficking who are arrested and/or charged with prostitution and related offenses. Based primarily on Campbell’s efforts, the Human Trafficking Clinic was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Department of Justice to better understand the overlap of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault. Campbell recently co-authored a book, “Immigration Relief: Legal Assistance for Noncitizen Crime Victims." She received her B.A. with distinction from University of Michigan and earned her J.D., cum laude, from Michigan Law. During law school, she was a Michigan refugee and asylum law fellow with the Refugee Status Appeals Authority in New Zealand and a project coordinator for the Family Law Project, a division of Legal Services of South Central Michigan.
Keith Clark is an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, where he has been employed since 2004. Most of his career has involved prosecuting cases of physical and sexual abuse of children, commercial sex trafficking of minors and technology assisted crimes against children. He is currently the coordinator of the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force and is the victim's representative on the state board of the Michigan's Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. He previously served as a task force coordinator of Michigan's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and has worked with the Southeastern Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force. He has drafted legislation enacted into law addressing child sexually abusive activity and technology assisted crimes against children. He regularly trains for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan on forensic interviewing of children and technology assisted crimes against children. He has prior experience as a criminal defense attorney in private practice, previously serving as president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association. He graduated cum laude from the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University Law School) while working full time as a probation officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections. He received his B.S. in criminal justice from Ball State University.
Angela Povilaitis is an assistant attorney general in the Michigan Department of Attorney General's criminal division. Povilaitis prosecutes criminal cases involving violence against women throughout the state and is developing the Statewide Cold Case Sexual Assault Project, the first of its kind in the country to focus on cold case sexual assaults at a statewide level. Previously, Povilaitis served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutors Office for 11 years, where she primarily focused on the prosecution of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, child homicide, domestic violence homicide and other serious felony cases. Povilaitis is a 2000 graduate of Wayne State University Law School and a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan, where she majored in political science and served as a public service summer intern for Michigan Senator Carl Levin.
Kelly Carter is an assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General. She began her career as a prosecutor when she joined the High Tech Crime Unit in September 1999, where she specialized in the prosecution of computer crime cases including Internet fraud, child exploitation, computer intrusion, threats and similar crimes. In 2011, she was appointed senior attorney specialist and now she prosecutes mortgage fraud and human trafficking, having obtained the first several convictions under the state’s human trafficking statute. Throughout 2013, she worked on Attorney General Schuette’s Human Trafficking Commission, serving as co-chair of the professional training sub-committee as well as a contributing member of the legislative and policy sub-committee. Throughout 2014 Carter continued working on the passage of the commission’s legislative recommendations, testifying on more than a dozen occasions before the House and Senate subcommittees considering the human trafficking legislative package.
Blanche Cook is a Wayne State University Law School professor, teaching Criminal Procedure: Adjudication. Her primary areas of expertise are appellate practice, criminal law and procedure, critical race theory, employment discrimination, evidence, federal courts, sex trafficking and trial advocacy. Most recently, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where she specialized in large-scale drug and sex-trafficking prosecutions. As a federal prosecutor, she has briefed and/or argued more than 40 federal appeals. She has established herself as a leading expert on sex trafficking by problematizing the entire spectrum of sex-trafficking prosecutions and the commercialization and exploitation of women and girls. She is actively involved in shaping the emerging nationwide discourse on sex trafficking and victims rights as it relates to evidentiary issues, race-class-gender profiling and sex-trafficking statutes. She writes in the areas of victims rights, critical race theory, human rights, race and gender discrimination, criminal procedure, black feminist legal theory, womanist thought and the normative gaze of identity. Her current research trajectory focuses on a critical analysis of sex-trafficking prosecutions.
Lunch will be provided.