ABA 2024 HIV Law & Practice Conference

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CHLP Executive Director S. Mandisa Moore-O'Neal and Staff Attorney Jada Hicks will present at the ABA's HIV Law & Practice Conference on April 15-16 in New Orleans.

On Monday, April 15, Jada will be a panelist for HIV Criminalization: A Call to Action (CLE) workshop from 2:15– 3:30pm CT. The landscape of HIV-related criminal law is changing rapidly. Panelists will provide an overview of HIV criminalization, summarize recent litigation and legislative strategies, and issue a call to action for legal practitioners working in advocacy and direct client services to halt and reverse this alarming threat to HIV prevention and public health.
● Brad Sears – Founding Executive Director, Williams Institute; Member, ABA HIV/AIDS Impact Project
● Nathan Cisneros – HIV Criminalization Project Director, Williams Institute
● Jada Hicks – Staff Attorney, Center for HIV Law and Policy
● Jeff Preptit – Staff Attorney, ACLU of Tennessee
● Kamaria Laffrey – Co-Executive Director, The SERO Project

On Tuesday, Mandisa will present in the Litigation Plenary from 9:00-10:30am CT.  Many of today’s core legal and policy protections for persons living with HIV were won by lawyers litigating cases in state and federal courtrooms. This panel will provide updates on long-pending cases, evolving legal theories, and how the courts and government agencies are protecting – or perhaps harming – people living with HIV.

Ronda Goldfein – Executive Director, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania; Member, ABA HIV/AIDS Impact Project
● Peter Perkowski – Founder, Perkowski Legal, PC
● Jose Abrigo – HIV Project Director, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
● Allison Nichol – Director of Legal Advocacy, Jean A. Carpenter Legal Defense Fund, The Epilepsy Foundation of America; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Member, ABA HIV/AIDS Impact Project
● Richard Saenz – Senior Attorney, Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist, Lambda Legal
● S. Mandisa Moore-O'Neal – Executive Director, Center for HIV Law and Policy

The HIV/AIDS Impact Project's biennial HIV/AIDS Law & Practice Conference features two days of informative workshops, dialogue, and a luncheon recognizing the recipients of the Alexander Forger Awards for Sustained Excellence in HIV Legal and Policy Advocacy.