Symposium Schedule

Day One - April 2, 2018

*All panels take place in the Wade Auditorium at the UofM Law School. The keynote presentation and luncheon will be held at the Peabody Hotel.

9:00 am - Welcome Remarks from the Dean of the UofM Law School

9:15-10:30 am - Panel 1: Criminal Justice

10:30-10:45 am - Refreshment Break

10:45 am-Noon - Panel 2: Voting Rights

12:15-1:45 pm - Keynote Speaker, The Honorable Eric Holder, and Luncheon

2:00-3:15 pm - Panel 3: Confronting Persistent Poverty

3:15-3:30 pm - Refreshment Break

3:30-4:45 pm - Panel 4: 21st Century Activism

4:45-5:00 pm - Concluding Remarks


Panel Discussion Overview

The first day of the symposium will consist of four moderated panels, each with four panelists drawn from academia, government, and the legal profession.  Each panel will examine a specific aspect of Dr. King's legal legacy and each panelist will prepare an essay for publication. The essays presented will examine the progress over the last 50 years and propose actions and solutions for the future. The Honorable Eric Holder, our nation's first African-American Attorney General, will address participants as our Keynote speaker at a luncheon at The Peabody Hotel. The UofM Law School will publish the essays from the symposium in a separate volume intended to become a conceptual plan for the next 50 years. The volume will be distributed nationally.

Panel 1
Confirmed Panelists: Mark Osler (U. of St. Thomas Law School), Toussaint Losier (Univ. of Mass.), Roy Austin (Domestic Policy Advisor to Pres. Obama), Tracey Maclin (Boston Univ.); Moderator: Demetria Frank

Panel 1, on criminal justice, will examine the current state of the justice system and whether the aspirations of the civil rights movement have been fulfilled over the last 50 years.  Panelists will specifically address policing in communities of color and contemporary penal policy, while grappling with the complex question of what policing and punishment should look like going forward.

Panel 2
Confirmed Panelists: Debo Adegbile (Wilmer Hale), Rick Hasen (UC Irvine), Pamela Karlan (Stanford Univ.); Sherrilyn Ifill (Pres., NAACP LDF); Moderator: Steve Mulroy

Panel 2, on voting rights, will examine current voting rights challenges and strategies for reform, whether through litigation, legislation, or mobilization.   Topics to be examined may include voter ID laws, felon disenfranchisement, and other alleged "voter suppression" strategies; racial and political gerrymandering; methods of election; and minority electoral participation.

Panel 3
Confirmed Panelists: Dorothy Brown (Emory), Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Harvard), Dorothy Roberts (U. Penn), Dayna Matthew (UVA); Moderator: Amy Campbell

Panel 3, focusing on persistent poverty, will examine some of the contemporary areas where poverty impacts life chances for individuals.  Topics to be examined may include adequate and equitable housing, education, and health opportunities and outcomes.

Panel 4
Confirmed Panelists: Claude Steele (UC Berkeley), Beverly Tatum (Spellman), Cornell Brooks (NAACP), Charles McKinney (Rhodes); Moderator: Daniel Kiel

Finally, Panel 4, on 21st Century Activism, panel will examine the ways in which shifts in the legal landscape, modern technology, and the understanding of more subtle manifestations of discrimination impact, advocacy and activism.  Topics to be examined may include psychological causes or impacts of contemporary discrimination and structural barriers to addressing modern disparities, including potentially effective modes of activism.