Tuesday, October 20, 2009

America's New Class Warfare? NEPOC 2009 Conference

The Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (NEPOC) is holding its annual conference at the University at Buffalo Law School on October 23-24, 2009. The theme of the conference is America's New Class Warfare, which broadly encompasses many possible topics and perspectives. For instance, the invisibility of the wealthy, scrutiny of the relationships among the wealthy, the disappearing middle class, the working class, and the poor, in light of the current financial crisis.

Additional topics include how the intersectional analysis of race, gender, class, sexuality, assist in our understanding of the economic theories and forces that are currently in play.

And finally, what role law is playing in shaping the structures, power, interests, resource uses, individual and group identities and distributions of wealth and recovery?

Presenters include: Professors Anthony Paul Farley, Angela P. Harris, Athena D. Mutua, Lenese Herbert, Nancy Ota, Christian B. Sundquist, Donna E. Young, Sanford Schram, Elvia R. Arriola, Deborah W. Post, Matthew L.M. Fletcherand, Rick T. Su, David Freund, Audrey McFarlane, James C. Smith, Sudha Setty, Leonard Baynes, Alafair S. Burke, James Forman, Jr, Marjorie Florestal, Neil Williams, Michael Selmi, James Forman, Jr., Paula C. Johnson, Janis D. McDonald, Teresa A. Miller, and Lydie Nadia Cabrera Pierre-Louis.

Additionally, several work-in-progress sessions are scheduled throughout the program to highlight the wonderful junior scholars in the academy. As is typical at the people of color conferences, professional development sessions are also included in the program.

The Haywood Burns – Shanara Gilbert Awards Ceremony Dinner will also be held.

This year's conference, promises to be provocative, welcoming and informative. If you are in the Buffalo area, please consider stopping by to join us. Professor Elaine M. Chiu of St. John's University is the Chairperson, NEPOC Planning Committee. For further information please contact Professor Chiu. Her email address is chuie1@stjohns.edu. The website for the NEPOC 2009 conference provides registration information and is linked here.

Lydie Nadia Cabrera Pierre-Louis
St. Thomas University School of Law

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