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We are excited to announce our 2016 symposium! This year’s symposium will explore the history and future of women’s rights in light of developments in the 50 years since the landmark decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, the case where the Supreme Court declared a new constitutional “right” to privacy.

Friday will start with a panel discussion about the current state of women’s rights in the United States and the likely future direction of the Supreme Court. A second panel will follow that will discuss how to advance women’s rights internationally, specifically in nations where the law and culture conflict.

Following the morning panel discussions will be a lunch with The Honorable Marla Graff Decker from the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Judge Marla Graff Decker is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned her B.S. in Political Science.  She received her J. D. from the University of Richmond Law School.  Judge Decker began her career in 1983 as Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Litigation Section, where she tried cases in state and federal court and defended convictions on appeal.  After almost 20 years in the Criminal Litigation Section, Decker was promoted to Section Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section, which consisted of the Medicaid Fraud Control, Organized Crime, Environmental and Health Professions Units.  Later, she was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the Public Safety and Enforcement Division and managed the Criminal Litigation, Correctional Litigation, Special Prosecutions and Medicaid Fraud Control Sections. 

Following lunch is a two-credit ethics CLE Course for Virginia attorneys led by Thomas E. Spahn of McGuireWoods, LLP.  Tom has spoken at more than 1,400 CLE programs throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.  (Download CLE materials here.)

Our annual symposium will conclude with an evening banquet at Founders Inn and Spa. Banquet proceeds will benefit the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law internship grant program and other human rights projects.

Abby Johnson, the former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic and now prominent pro-life advocate, is the featured speaker. Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has also been invited to speak at the banquet.


PANELS: FREE with registration
LUNCHEON & CLE: $50.00   (LUNCH ONLY: $20.00 STUDENT DISCOUNT: $10.00)


The entire event is held at Regent University. The Founders Inn and Spa is located on the campus at 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464, which is right off Interstate 64.

The Founders Inn provides shuttle service from Norfolk International Airport during regular business hours. For shuttle reservation call the Founders Inn at 757.424.5511 ext. 5741.