Celebrating 125 Years

Lectures & Events

Honoring Dr. King and His Legacy: Redoubling the Struggle for Equality and Inclusion in the Wake of the Social Legitimization of Racism

Thursday, April 5 - Saturday, April 7, 2018

The theme of this year’s conference will examine the degree of racial progress made by communities of color since April 4, 1968, the day when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Various themes of racial progress will be explored, including but not limited to issues of social and economic justice, employment discrimination, access to health care, retirement care and benefits, educational opportunities, environmental racism, housing discrimination, lending practices, drug and gang violence in communities of color, and the intergenerational effects that economic, social, and political oppression have on communities of color. Presenters are encouraged to consider topics contrasting the racial progress claimed in the Midwestern states and cities (Chicago, Cleveland, and St. Louis) and comparing it to the racial progress claimed in the Eastern and Western states.

The Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference is issuing a call for papers to its 2018 MWPOC Conference in Cleveland Ohio.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: deadline is March 29, 2018

Hotel Information
The Glidden House is a 5 minute walk from the conference. Rooms are available for $159 per night. To reserve a room, call (216) 231-8900 and request the group block MWPOC. The deadline for the group rate is March 4th, 2018.

The Courtyard Marriott at University Circle is an 8 minute walk from the conference. Rooms are available for $165 per night. To reserve a room click here. The deadline for the group rate is March 15th, 2018.

Event Location
CWRU Law School
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Thursday April 5th, 2018
12:00 pm
Welcome
Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness, Ruqaiijah Yearby
Co-Dean, Jessica Berg
12:30 pm
Panel: Overcoming Barriers in order to Excel in Academia
Associate Dean Melinda Molina, Capital University Law School
Associate Dean Gregory Parks, Wake Forest School of Law
Associate Dean Ruqaiijah Yearby, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Professor Raymond Ku, Case Western Reserve University School of Law - moderator
2:00 pm
Break
2:15 pm
Works in Progress
First presentation (40 minutes)
Second presentation (40 minutes)
3:45 pm
Break
4:00 pm
Works in Progress
First presentation (40 minutes)
6:00 pm
Dinner
L’Albatros
11401 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Friday April 6th, 2018
10:15 am
Panel: Racism and Trumpism
Professor Leland Ware, University of Delaware (campaign)
Professor André Douglas Pond Cummings, John Marshall Law School and University Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law (criminal justice)
Associate Dean Ruqaiijah Yearby, Case Western Reserve University School of Law - moderator
11:30 am
Lunch
12:30 pm
Works in Progress
First presentation (40 minutes)
Second presentation (40 minutes)
2:00 pm
Break
2:15 pm
Works in Progress
First presentation (40 minutes)
Second presentation (40 minutes)
3:45 pm
Break
4:00 pm
Panel: Challenges and Progress Since the Death of Dr. King
Professor Arthur Acevedo, John Marshall Law School (employment)
Professor Gwendolyn Majette, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (health care) - Moderator
Professor Steven Ramirez, Loyola Chicago University School of Law (incarceration and employment)
6:00 pm
Dinner
Alumni House
11310 Juniper Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Saturday April 7th, 2018
9:00 am
Board Meeting
10:00 am
Works in Progress
First presentation (40 minutes)
Second presentation (40 minutes)
11:30 am
Lunch
Speaker, Mrs. Janet Dewart Bell
12:30 pm
Panel: Kings versus the Crits: Derrick Bell’s Last Law Review article and a Response
Professor Joseph Grant,, Florida A& M
Professor Jean Stefancic, University of Alabama School of Law
Professor Neil Williams, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Professor Steve Ramirez, Loyola University Chicago School of Law - moderator
2:00 pm
Keynote speaker
Professor Richard Delgado, John J. Sparkman Chair of Law,
University of Alabama School of Law
3:00 pm
Closing reception
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