Today’s session of the ABA Equal Justice Conference was exhilarating and informative—and even included protestors. More on all that in an upcoming story, but for now, here are some photos from a few of the day’s speakers.

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And here is the morning keynote speech delivered by Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey.

Immigration and its discontents still seem to be driving, well, everything here in Arizona.

ABA President Carolyn Lamm: What should we ask her?

As we reported last week, a prominent conference was just the latest victim of the SB1070 juggernaut, passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The conference is to be co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. Called the Equal Justice Conference, it’s scheduled for May 13-15.

Despite strong pressure to move the conference to another state, the ABA opted to stay put (though a co-sponsor, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, did jump ship; read their statement here).

But the state law has led to what may be one of the more remarkable conference mission statements I’ve ever read. On the conference home page, the ABA’s Committee Counsel, Steven B. Scudder, explains some of the tightrope the ABA is walking. He quotes a speaker who explains, “Isn’t that what we learned from the civil rights era, that engaging is often better than boycotting?”

Hmmm. Maybe. I guess. Read the complete statement here.

He then goes on to describe generally changes that the ABA is making in the program to allow attendees to hear about and converse on the Arizona legislation.

We’ll be at the conference on Thursday and Friday. There, we’ll see how the ABA adjusted its programming. And we’ll also hear from keynote speaker Sonia Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize winner who will speak on, among other things, immigration.

Also attending the conference will be ABA President Carolyn Lamm. We’ll have the opportunity speak with her: What should we ask? Post your suggestions, or send them to the editor at

Also be sure to tweet about the conference (or follow the postings) on Twitter (hashtag #ejcaz)

In the meantime, you can read the full conference program here.