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Friday, March 2
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Votruba Student Union Ballroom
at Northern Kentucky University

4.5 CLE in KY, OH and IN

$50 for NKU alumni, $75 for non-alumni
Inc. 4.5 CLE, lunch, and all materials



9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:15 a.m.

Profiling Immigrants in America

D. Carolina Núñez, J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University (Presentation in PDF)
Alexandria Lubans-Otto, Attorney at Law

10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.

Technology’s Potential Impact on Racial Profiling

Robert Furnier, W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology at NKU Chase College of Law (Presentation in PDF)
I. Bennett Capers, Brooklyn Law School
Laura Moy, Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law  

12:30 p.m. Luncheon  
1:30 p.m.

Perspectives on Profiling  

Joshua Kastenberg, University of New Mexico School of Law (Presentation in PDF)
Janaya Trotter Bratton, Gerhardstein & Branch (Presentation in PDF)
Rickell Howard, Children's Law Center (Presentation in PDF)

3:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks


Janaya Trotter Bratton

Janaya Trotter Bratton, Associate Attorney, Gerhardstein & Branch Co., LP

Janaya is an Associate Attorney at Gerhardstein & Branch Co., LPA.. She was previously the owner and managing partner of Trotter Law, LLC, a general practice office. She earned her J.D. from NKU Chase College of Law and her B.A. from Ohio State University. Janaya was raised in Forest Park and graduated from Winton Woods High School. Prior to opening her own firm, she was as an assistant prosecuting attorney with the City of Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office and also served as one of the City’s environmental attorneys. She then moved on to the position of associate attorney at the law firm of Ritter and Randolph. Ms. Bratton volunteers as a member of the Cincinnati Zoo Young Ambassador Council and as Parliamentarian for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She has been a member of the Dress for Success of Cincinnati Board of Directors, a member of the Cincinnati Zoo Planned Giving Committee, Vice-President of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati, and serves on the board of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center.

Ms. Brattonhas been recognized as a “Wise Woman” by the One Hundred Wise Women Program and as an emerging leader by Applause Magazine. In 2010, Trotter received an appointment from Governor Strickland to serve on the Hamilton County Municipal Court Vacancy Selection Committee. 

I. Bennett Capers

I. Bennett Capers, Stanley A. August Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

Professor Bennett Capers iteaches Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Law. His academic interests include the relationship between race, gender, and criminal justice, and he is a prolific writer on these topics. Prior to teaching, Professor Capers spent nearly ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. His work trying several federal racketeering cases earned him a nomination for the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award in 2004. He also practiced with the firms of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. He clerked for the Hon. John S. Martin, Jr. of the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded the Class of 1983 Prize, and of Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, he taught at Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as Associate Dean of Faculty Development in 2010-11, and where he received the 2009 Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. He has thrice been voted Teacher of the Year, is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the AALS Committee on Professional Development, and has served as Chair of the AALS Criminal Justice Section and Chair of the AALS Law and Humanities Section. Governor Cuomo has twice appointed him to serve on judicial screening committees, first the New York State Judicial Screening Committee for the New York Court of Claims, and then the New York Judicial Screening Committee for the Second Department. In 2013, he served as Chairperson of the AALS 2013 Conference on Criminal Justice. That same year, Judge Scheindlin appointed him to Chair the Academic Advisory Council to assist in implementing the remedial order in the stop-and-frisk class action Floyd v. City of New York. He has also served as a mayoral appointee to the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Robert Furnier

Robert Furnier, Director, W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology
NKU Chase College of Law

Director Furnier has practiced law nearly 35 years in firms of all sizes with a national practice focusing on complex litigation. During his career, he has represented individuals, corporations, and governmental entities in matters implicating many areas of the law, including antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, class actions, environmental, insurance coverage, mass tort, medical devices and malpractice, products liability, and sports. Along the way, he has managed law firms or participated in law firm leadership. In 2012, he cofounded the Furnier Muzzo Group, a law firm with offices in Ohio and Illinois.

Director Furnier has been Vice Chair of the ABA TECHSHOW Board. He has also served on the ABA e-Lawyering Task Force, created a legal startup company, worked on a team that won the Second Legal Startup Weekend held in Seattle, Washington in 2013, and has taught law and technology at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aside from serving with the ABA on its TECHSHOW Board, Director Furnier is a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession, a member of the ABA Law Practice Division Council, Chair of the Division’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the ABA Women Rainmakers Board.

Rickell Howard

Rickell Howard, Ohio Policy and Litigation Director
Children's Law Center

Director Rickell is a civil rights and public interest law attorney, specializing in Federal civil rights litigation, appeals and policy reform. She received her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2006 and her B.B.A. in International Business from Howard University in 2002, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has dedicated her career to providing legal representation to persons that are underrepresented in the legal system and has built a successful track record of impactful civil rights litigation.

Dircector Rickell began her legal career at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, where she represented over 300 low-income clients in lawsuits and administrative hearings. Before joining Children’s Law Center, Director Rickell served as the Director for the Human Rights in Prison Litigation project at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, where she represented state prisoners in Ohio’s largest prison healthcare class action suit, Fussell v. Wilkinson, in addition to representing individual prisoners in prison condition cases.

Alexandria Lubans-Otto

Alexandria Lubans-Otto, Attorney at Law
Alexandria Lubans-Otto, Attorney PLLC

Ms. Lubans-Otto manages an immigration law and criminal defense firm in Florence, Kentucky. She has an active state and federal practice and is admitted to practice before the Kentucky Courts, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and Southern District of Indiana, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Lubans-Otto was a former Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney and Trial Attorney for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

Ms. Lubans-Otto is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and UK College of Law. 


Joshua Kastenberg

Joshua Kastenberg, Lee & Leon Karelitz Professor in Evidence and Procedure
University of New Mexico School of Law

Prior to joining the UNM Law School faculty, Professor Joshua Kastenberg had a 20-year career as a lawyer and judge in the U.S. Air Force. He served as an advisor to the Department of Defense on cyber security and cyber warfare matters, twice deployed to Iraq and oversaw the military’s compliance with international law. Professor Kastenberg served as a prosecutor and defense counsel in over 200 trials and as a judge in over 200 trials. He has been cited by the Washington Post and appeared on Fox News, and written over a dozen law review articles as well as four books. Prior to joining the faculty he taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in national security law and systems as well as legal history. Professor Kastenberg's interests are in the field of criminal law and procedure, evidence, legal history, and judicial ethics.

Most recently, Kastenberg was an adjunct professor at National Intelligence University, where he taught national security law to United States intelligence officers and other federal employees enrolled in accredited masters and Ph.D. programs. He has also taught numerous short courses to federal and state attorneys on subject areas ranging from criminal law and litigation to human rights law.

From 1996 until 2015, Kastenberg served as a Judge Advocate in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Air Force. In his last five years, he was assigned as a trial judge to several of the Air Force’s most high-profile and complex criminal cases, and in total, presided in over 200 trials.  

Laura Moy

Laura Moy, Deputy Director, Center on Privacy & Technology
Georgetown Law

Professor Laura Moy is the Deputy Director of Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy & Technology. She has written, spoken, and advocated before federal agencies and Congress on a broad range of technology policy issues, including law enforcement surveillance, consumer privacy, security research, device portability, copyright, and net neutrality. Her current work focuses on policy issues at the intersection of privacy and criminal justice.

Before joining the Center, Professor Moy was Acting Director of the Communications & Technology Clinic at Georgetown Law's Institute for Public Representation. Prior to that, she was senior policy counsel at New America's Open Technology Institute. Prof. Moy completed her JD at NYU School of Law and her LLM at Georgetown as part of the law school's clinical teaching fellowship program.

Carolina Nunez

D. Carolina Núñez, Associate Dean of Research and Academic Affairs
J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University

Professor Núñez researches and writes about immigration and alienage law, with a specific emphasis on undocumented immigrants.  Professor Núñez's recent publication, Mapping Citizenship:  Status, Membership, and the Path in Between, published in the Utah Law Review, discusses the distribution of citizenship to individuals on unequal terms and unravels the paradox of unequal citizenship rules resulting in equal citizenship.  Professor Núñez's other publications explore the meaning of membership and the waning importance of presence within United States territory as a guarantee of membership benefits.  In Fractured Membership:  Deconstructing Territoriality to Secure Rights and Remedies for the Undocumented Worker, published in the Wisconsin Law Review, Professor Núñez focuses on the concept of membership as it relates to the labor and employment rights of undocumented workers.  A related article, Inside the Border, Outside the Law:  Undocumented Immigrants and the Fourth Amendment, published in the Southern California Law Review, explores the contours of the Fourth Amendment as it applies to undocumented immigrants.

A summa cum laude graduate of the Brigham Young University Law School and Managing Editor of the BYU Law Review, Professor Núñez clerked for the Honorable Fortunato P. Benavides of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  She subsequently practiced commercial litigation at Stoel Rives LLP in Salt Lake City, Utah, prior to joining the BYU law faculty in 2008.  Professor Núñez teaches Immigration Law, Torts, and Professional Responsibility.

Questions? Contact Jeannine Abukhater Lambert, Assistant Director of Advancement at Chase College of Law at or call (859) 572-6403.