2008 Spring Symposium:
Race Across Boundaries
Saturday, February 23, 2008, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. at the Harvard Law School
In accordance with the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal’s commitment to exploring issues that address social and economic issues affecting African-Americans and other minorities, this year’s panel, “Race Across Boundaries,” will take a global approach in comparing and relating racial and ethnic tensions abroad to those experienced in the United States. This evaluation of intercontinental struggles with diversity is intended to shine light on the cross-national commonalities and differences in systematic racial struggle and institutional response, and, in particular, to consider the extent to which lessons learned by other countries could be implemented in order to promote positive race relations in America. In hosting this panel, we hope to stimulate discourse and debate among the students, alumni, professors, and members of the community at-large about how best to confront these pressing issues on both a domestic and a worldwide scale.
Vinay Sitapati, Harvard LLM 2008 (Moderator)
Professor Kevin Brown, Indiana Law School
Professor Hadar Harris, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law
Professor Adrienne K. Wing, University of Iowa College of Law
Professor Ngai Pindell, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Co-Sponsored with the Harvard Black Law Students Association Spring Conference
Harvard BLSA Conference, http://www.harvardblsaconference.com
2007 Spring Symposium:
Social Engineering: Realizing the Profits of “Conscious Development”
Friday March 16, 2007 – 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. at the Harvard Law School
This panel will provide a forum of discussion for students interested in becoming successful real estate attorneys and land developers, while addressing concerns of the negative impacts of sprawl and gentrification on urban, low income, and minority communities. Our focus will be to explore the ways that lawyers and developers can make a lucrative living in real estate without adversely harming poor and minority communities through the eyes of a developer, a real estate attorney, a community development corporation, an academic, and a government housing official.
Lonni Berkley, Real Estate Law Partner of McGuireWoods LLP, Chicago
Sean Moss, NY/NJ Regional Dir. of HUD
Sheena Wright, President of the Abyssinian Devel. Corp. in NY
Michael Lewyn, Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law, and author of “5 Myths About Sprawl” to appear in Vol 23 of BLJ
Moderated by Dean Allen Floyd, HLS 2006.
Harvard Black Law Students Association Spring Conference
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP
Harvard BLSA Conference www.harvardblsaconference.com
First Annual Spring Symposium
Breaking the Shackles?: Federal Sentencing after the Guidelines
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 – 6:00 p.m., Pound 107.
Judge William Young, Federal District Judge for the District of Massachusetts,
Michael Sullivan, the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts,
Steve Kelly, an HLS alum and the defense lawyer in Booker v. Washington (the case that struck down federal sentencing guidelines),
Doug Berman, an expert on federal sentencing, and
BJ Trach, a recent HLS graduate and author of an influential note on the sentencing guidelines.
The panel is sponsored in part by Latham & Watkins LLP.