FordHarrison Attorney and ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee Chair Hosts ABA's Annual HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference

Date   Aug 7, 2012

FordHarrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce that Dawn Siler-Nixon, Diversity & Inclusion Partner and Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) AIDS Coordinating Committee, recently hosted the ABA's HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference in Washington, DC.

Immediately preceding the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), lawyers, physicians, policy advocates, social service providers and case managers gathered at the HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference for a one-day, one-of-a-kind experience.  The latest issues from the best legal and medical practitioners in the field were covered and attendees were able to network with colleagues, and gain new inspiration through a broad range of substantive programming and social events at this premier conference in HIV law and policy.

Topics at the ABA's HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference included:

·          HIV and AIDS: An overview of Domestic Policies, Regulations, and Practice

·          Implications in Light of the National HIV and AIDS Strategy

·          HIV Forensics: The Science of Transmission

·          Overcoming Challenges of Legal Representation of Clients with HIV/AIDS

·          The Latest Science: the forensics of transmission and PreP

·          Incorporate Human Rights Principles into Nuts-and-Bolts HIV Advocacy

·          Test and Treat as Prevention: Implications on Practice

·          Leveraging existing legal services to address HIV and AIDS

"I have been a member of this Committee and an advocate for its mission for many years," commented Siler-Nixon. "I am thrilled that the International AIDS Conference finally returned to the United States and that the ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee was able to be a part of it.  The conference was not only dynamic, but inspirational as well."

The ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee hosted the first annual Alexander D. Forger Awards for Sustained Excellence in HIV Legal Services and Advocacy Luncheon.  It recognized ten lawyers and organizations who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of the rule of law for individuals living with HIV and to the provision of direct legal services to individuals infected with, and affected by, HIV.

Siler-Nixon has represented employers in litigating labor and employment law matters for more than 18 years. Her practice focuses on advising and representing employers in discrimination and harassment cases in federal and state litigation, as well as union election campaigns, including preparing anti-union campaigns and appealing certification. She has handled trials in state and federal court, arbitrations and trials of representation cases and unfair labor practice charges involving non-competes, wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, family and medical leave issues, retaliation, disability, and discrimination based on any protected characteristic. She has also successfully represented employers before local, state and federal agencies.  Siler-Nixon received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1993.

About the American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee
The AIDS Coordinating Committee stands as the core of the American Bar Association's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, developing HIV/AIDS-related policies and, upon their adoption, advancing those policies through ABA-sponsored programs and projects. The Committee includes some of the brightest and widely recognized lawyers, judges, academics and policy leaders in this area.  For more information, visit: