Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era
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Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era

Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era

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Below is updated information on MAPOC 2017, including registration and hotel information. We especially want to emphasize our interest in Work-In-Progress papers (WIPs). MAPOC’s long-standing WIP program is widely known for providing a comfortable and constructive environment in which authors, especially junior law faculty, can workshop scholarship at any stage of development to a dedicated discussant and supportive audience. A bibliography of publications through January 2014 that have benefited from MAPOC presentations and feedback is attached. Please email your WIP abstract (and any questions) to Professor Ezra Rosser at erosser@wcl.american.edu by December 15, 2016, to be included in the WIP program.

22nd Mid-Atlantic People Of Color Legal Scholarship Conference

“Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era”

Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017

The George Washington University Law School

2000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Conference Description: On January 20, 2017, the first President of Color, Barack Obama, will conclude his second term. One week later, scholars, policy-makers, lawyers, activists and students will convene to reflect upon this historic period in American history. In particular, on Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28, 2017, the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (MAPOC) will hold a conference, entitled “Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era,” at the George Washington University Law School. Our goal is to examine and assess shifts in law and policy, at all levels of government, over the past eight years as well as to determine where there has been stasis. Panels will likely address such topics as Black Lives Matter and other civil rights issues, such as criminal and economic justice, access to voting, and LGBTQ rights, as well as such topics as health insurance and health care, education, housing, immigration and globalization, and the implications of the recent presidential election.

Schedule: The tentative schedule is:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

6:30pm Informal Dinner for Early Arrivals

Friday, January 27, 2017

8:30am to 9am Registration & Continental Breakfast

9am to 9:15am Opening Remarks & Dean’s Introduction

9:15am to 10:45am Plenary I: Black Lives Matter

11am to 12pm Concurrent Works in Progress 1

12:15pm to 1:45pm Lunch & Roundtable: Economic and Cultural Anxiety over Immigration and Globalization: A Trans-Atlantic Conversation

2pm to 3pm Concurrent Works in Progress II

3:15pm to 4:45pm Plenary II: Did Obama’s America Include the Poor?: Health, Education and Housing

4:45pm to 5:30pm MAPOC Business Meeting

6:30pm Dinner

Saturday, January 28, 2017

8:30am to 9am Registration & Continental Breakfast

9am to 10:30am Plenary III: Constitutional Law Developments

10:45am to 11:45am Concurrent Works in Progress III

12pm to 1:30pm Faculty Award Lunch and Keynote Address

1:45pm to 2:45pm Concurrent Works in Progress IV

3pm to 4:30pm Plenary IV: Election 2016: Revelations and Responses

4:30pm to 5pm Last Word

Keynote Speaker: We are thrilled that our keynote speaker will be Spencer Overton, Professor of Law at George Washington University and President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Overton was a key leader on policy reforms in the Obama campaign, transition, and administration (2007-2010), including serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice; Chair of the Government Reform Policy advisory group; and Co-Chair of the Attorney General’s Reentry and Reducing Recidivism Issue Team. Professor Overton’s publications include his book, Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression (Norton, 2006), as well as numerous articles on election law appearing in leading law journals.

Call for Works-in-Progress: MAPOC 2017 invites Work-In-Progress papers (WIPs). MAPOC’s long-standing WIP program is widely known for providing a comfortable and constructive environment in which authors, especially junior law faculty, can workshop scholarship at any stage of development to a dedicated discussant and supportive audience. Please email your WIP abstract (and any questions) to Professor Ezra Rosser at erosser@wcl.american.edu by December 15, 2016, to be included in the WIP program.

Faculty Awards: MAPOC also seeks nominations for two faculty awards. The Franklin D. Cleckley Award & the Banks-Haddon Junior Faculty Award. Both awards recognize outstanding scholarship, teaching and/or service by faculty, administrators and staff in the Mid-Atlantic region. Details for submitting nominations, which are due by January 10, 2017, can be found here: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/racelawprof/2016/11/solicitation-for-mapoc-faculty-awards-for-2017.html. Questions about these awards should be directed to Professor Atiba Ellis at atiba.ellis@mail.wvu.edu.

Registration and Other Information: Registration is available on the Eventbrite site that you are currently on, which will have the most up-to-date information on the conference. There is also a conference website, https://www.law.gwu.edu/22nd-mid-atlantic-people-color-legal-scholarship-conference.

Hotel: A limited number of rooms has been reserved at the State Plaza Hotel, 2117 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. The rooms will be held under the conference rate of $119 until December 26, 2016. To reserve a room, click GWU LAW SCHOOL WEB LINK or call 202-861-8200 to reserve rooms under Group GWU Law School code #66U6TK.

Please disseminate this information to any person, group or organization that might be interested. If you have questions, contact MAPOC 2017 Co-Chairs Kim Forde-Mazrui (kimfm@virginia.edu, 434-924-3299) or Odeana Neal (oneal@ubalt.edu, 410-837-4644).

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