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2013 Symposium
Civil Rights & Civil Justice: 50 Years Later

Friday, October 18, 2013
8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
University of Minnesota Law School
Walter F. Mondale Hall, Lockhart Hall (Room 25)

5 standard CLE credits and 1 elimination of bias credit
have been requested.


This year's symposium celebrates and critiques the legacy of two momentous events during 1963-64: Gideon v. Wainwright and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Fifty years ago, as the Attorney General for the state of Minnesota, a young Walter Mondale (’56) spearheaded the drafting of an amicus brief signed by 21 attorneys general to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure that legal access for all persons facing criminal charges regardless of ability to pay, be provided. His advocacy helped to change our nation's criminal justice system.

This event scrutinizes the legacies of those landmark moments, critiquing our national progress across several important streams: gender advancements, racial equality, citizenship and immigration, and the expansion of rights for gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgender individuals. Joining us is a terrific roster of faculty from across the country.

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  • Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
  • Students, Faculty, and Staff: free (registration still required)
  • JLI Alumni: free admission and lunch (place waiver request on registration page)
  • Public Interest or Government Employees: $25 (includes lunch) (place waiver request on registration page)
  • If you believe you qualify for free admission for reasons other than above, please place a waiver request providing your reasoning
  • Late Registration/Walk-ins: $50 (lunch not included)
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2013



8:45-9:00 Welcome Remarks
9:00-10:15 Panel I: Cracked Ceilings: Civil Rights & The Payoff for Women

  • Victoria Nourse, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
  • Martha Field, Langdell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • June Carbone, Robina Chair in Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota Law School
Moderator: Susan Wolf, McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Law School
10:30-12:00 Panel II: This is Your Land? Place, Immigration, and Citizenship

  • Samira Afzali, Immigration Attorney, The Law Office of Samira Afzali
  • Michele Goodwin, Everett Fraser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Joseph Landau, Associate Professor, Fordham University School of Law
  • Hope Lewis, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Moderator: Emily Good, Staff Attorney for Research, Education & Advocacy, The Advocates for Human Rights

Lunch Keynote
Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney

Walter Mondale (’56), former U.S. Vice President and Senior Counsel at Dorsey & Whitney

Yale Kamisar, Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law, Michigan Law

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1:25-2:40 Panel III: Expanding, Restating, and Revisiting Rights: LGBT Communities and the Demand for Inclusion

  • Marc Spindelman, Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Jessica Clarke, Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • David Cruz, Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Suzanne Goldberg, Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law; Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School
Moderator: Mark Kappelhoff, Professor of Clinical Law, University of Minnesota Law School
2:50-4:05 Panel IV: Race, Civil Rights, and the Claims of a Post-Racial Society

  • Taunya Banks, Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Anthony Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Albany Law School
  • Tanya Hernandez, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
  • Song Richardson, Professor of Law, The University of Iowa College of Law
Moderator: Robert Stein (’61), Everett Fraser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
4:05-4:15 Closing Remarks
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For more information on this symposium, please contact: Lead Symposium Editor Alex Dyste at dyst0012@umn.edu