Civil Rights and Civil Justice: Fifty Years Later

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Friday, October 18, 2013
Civil Rights and Civil Justice: Fifty Years Later
Friday, October 18, 2013 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM (Central Time)

University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
United States

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The magnitude and legacy of the United States’ Civil Rights Movement and the culminating events of 1963-64 mark an unprecedented arc in the fulfillment of constitutional ideals.  This academic year celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that period’s pivotal events, including the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Gideon v. Wainright , Dr. King’s tide-changing, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” following his arrest in Alabama,  the March on Washington, the 1964 signing of the Civil Rights Act—our nation’s most sweeping civil rights legislation to date, and the abolition of the “poll tax,” through the passage of the 24th Amendment.

This anniversary also reminds us of a time when the rule of law continually met resistance and unspeakable tragedies unfolded, such as when Birmingham’s Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene “Bull” Connor ordered police dogs and fire hoses to be used on peaceful protestors—many of them children;  the assassination of the 37 year old civil rights leader, Medgar Evers in front of his home, and the hung juries that set Byron De La Beckwith, his murderer free for near thirty years; and the tragic deaths of your young girls (Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collens) as they prepared for Sunday school at their church.

The Journal of Law & Inequality honors the fight for the rule of law with a symposium dedicated to examining the legacy of this nation’s Civil Rights Movement.  This anniversary compels us to explore the implications of these events and examine Civil Rights gains in the wake of claims that America is progressing toward a post-racial society. We honor, Vice President Walter Mondale, who fifty years ago, as the young attorney general for the state of Minnesota spearheaded the landmark amicus brief that helped to win indigent criminal defendants the right to counsel. The symposium addresses civil rights across a spectrum, including the LGBT movement, immigration reform, race relations, and women’s rights and more.


8:45-9:00 Welcome Remarks
9:00-10:15 Panel I: Cracked Ceilings: Civil Rights & The Payoff for Women

  • Victoria Nourse, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
  • Martha Field, Langdell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • June Carbone, Robina Chair in Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota Law School
Moderator: Susan Wolf, McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Law School
10:30-12:00 Panel II: This is Your Land? Place, Immigration, and Citizenship

  • Samira Afzali, Immigration Attorney, The Law Office of Samira Afzali
  • Tanya Hernandez, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
  • Michele Goodwin, Everett Fraser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Hope Lewis, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Moderator: Myron Orfield, Professor of Law; Director, Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, University of Minnesota Law School

Lunch Keynote
Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney

Walter Mondale (’56), former U.S. Vice President and Senior Counsel at Dorsey & Whitney

Yale Kamisar, Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law, Michigan Law

1:25-2:40 Panel III: Expanding, Restating, and Revisiting Rights: LGBT Communities and the Demand for Inclusion

  • Marc Spindelman, Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Jessica Clarke, Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • David Cruz, Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Suzanne Goldberg, Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law; Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School
Moderator: Mark Kappelhoff, Professor of Clinical Law, University of Minnesota Law School
2:50-4:05 Panel IV: Race, Civil Rights, and the Claims of a Post-Racial Society

  • Taunya Banks, Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Anthony Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Albany Law School
  • Song Richardson, Professor of Law, The University of Iowa College of Law
Moderator: Robert Stein (’61), Everett Fraser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
4:05-4:15 Closing Remarks


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Payment Instructions

  • A fee is charged to attend the symposium, which covers attendance costs and a lunch for each attendee. Register by Friday, October 11th in order to receive lunch.

    Registration is open 5:00 p.m. on October 11th. Late registrations are full cost ($50), and do not receive a lunch.

    Thanks to the generosity of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, current Dorsey employees may attend for free when providing a current Dorsey email address.

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