About the Michigan Journal of Race & Law

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This Friday, September 19 the Michigan Journal of Race & Law celebrates its 20th anniversary with a symposium reflecting on the creation and evolution of the Journal and the state of legal scholarship on race and civil rights today. This event is free and open to the public.

Full Schedule and Speakers List

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
All sessions to take place in 1225 South Hall

Breakfast and Registration
8:30-9:00 A.M.

Panel I: Beginnings
9:00-10:15 A.M.

Moderator: Matthew Fletcher, ’97, Professor of Law and Director if the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law

Todd Aagaard, ’97, Associate Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

Emily M.S. Houh, ’96, Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law of Contracts, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Travis Richardson, ’96, Richardson & Mackoff

Hardy Vieux, ’97, Martin & Gitner PLLC

Panel II: Changes
10:30-11:45 A.M.

Moderator: Matthew Tannenbaum, Associate Editor, Race and Curriculum Committee

Regulating Brands: Disparaging Trademarks
Jasmine Abdel-Khalik, ’00, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

The Declining Utility of “Hate Crime”
Jeannine Bell, ’99, Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

The Shadows of the Roberts’ Court Selective Racial Memory: Reclaiming History for a Multiracial Metropolitan America
Tom I. Romero, II, ’04, Assistant Provost of IE Research and Curricular Initiatives and Associate Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Lunch Break
12:00-1:15 P.M.

Panel III: Futures
1:30-2:45 P.M.

Moderator: Britney Littles, Associate Editor, Race and Curriculum Committee

Mainstreaming Equality in Federal Budgeting: Addressing Education Inequalities with Regard to the States
Elizabeth K. Hinson, ’11, King & Spalding

Functionally Suspect: Reconceptualizing “Race” as a Suspect Classification
Lauren Sudeall Lucas, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

Blackness as Character Evidence: The Strategic Use of Racial Stereotypes in Establishing an Individual’s Propensity for Violence
Mikah K. Thompson, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law; Osman & Smay, LLP

Panel IV: Legal Academia
3:00-4:15 P.M.

Moderator: Emily M.S. Houh

Empirically Investigating Law Professors and Leaders of the Future
Meera E. Deo, ’00, Associate Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Law Reviews and the New Counterrepublics
Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer, ’97, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Guy-Uriel Charles, ’96, Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Justice and Law Journals
Adam Wolf, ’01, Wolf Law
Gabriel “Jack” Chin, ’88, Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Scholar, University of California Davis School of Law;

Keynote Address
4:30-6:00 P.M.

Historical Myopia, Excessive Individualism and Remedies for Race Discrimination: The Work that Must be Done
Mary Frances Berry, ’70, Ph.D. ’66, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania​​​


The Michigan Journal of Race & Law is a legal journal that serves as a forum for the exploration of issues relating to race and law. To that end, MJR&L publishes articles, notes, and essays on the cutting edge of civil rights scholarship from a wide variety of scholarly perspectives. MJR&L’s diversity is reflected by the authors with whom we collaborate, ranging from scholars and students to practitioners and social scientists. In addition to having been recognized as one of the leading civil rights journals in the country, MJR&L has also been consistently ranked among the top 25 specialty journals overall.

MJR&L In Print

Information about the current issue of MJR&L is available here.
Past issues of MJR&L are available here.

MJR&L On the Web

MJR&L’s online platform serves as a space for Journal members to contribute shorter pieces of scholarship on topics relating to the Journal’s mission. The online platform also documents MJR&L’s outreach efforts in the Michigan Law community and current events related to race and law. Visit the online platform here.


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