Hamline Events

CLE: The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years of Success, Development, and Transformation

Date: March 25, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $0 Student (with valid Student ID) $20 - Hamline Law Alumni, graduated in years 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 $30 - Non-Legal Community Members $100 - All other Hamline Law Alumni who graduated before 2010 $135 - Non-Hamline Law Alumni who pre-register $165 - Non-Hamline Law Alumni who pay the day of the event
Contact: Celeste Wilson, Symposium Editor, cwilson07@hamline.edu; Daryle Houston, Secondary Symposium Editor, dhouston01@hamline.edu To register contact Deb Lange at dlange@hamline.edu or 651-523-2122 or online at http://everywhere.hamline.edu/s/1545/index.aspx?sid=1545&gid=1&pgid=581
Location: Anderson Center, Room 112
Sponsor: Hamline University School of Law Journal of Public Law and Policy

About the Symposium:

This symposium will gather scholars, policy makers, civil rights activists, and community members to discuss the impact of the Civil Rights Act since its formation in 1964, both nationally and in Minnesota minority communities. The central issues to be addressed at the symposium include how things have changed since the implementation of the Act, how the Act has influenced and impacted communities in Minnesota, and the reality of civil rights issues present in modern Minnesota society and underprivileged communities. The event will also include a debate centered around the topic of civil rights and affirmative action.

Current speakers attending the event include: 

Keynote Speakers: Professor Brian Landsberg, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, author of Enforcing Civil Rights: Race Discrimination and the Department of Justice;  Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Director of the Community Justice Project and Civil Rights Activist

Panelists: Mary Jane Morrison, Professor Emeritus at Hamline University School of Law;  Phil Duran, President of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal Director of OutFront Minnesota, founding Board member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association; Dr. Nancy Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity at St. Catherine University;  Jason Marisam, Professor at Hamline University School of Law; Ann Tweedy, Professor at Hamline University School of Law.

More speakers to come; CLE credits will be applied for.

Importance of Topic:

            The Civil Rights Act has had huge impact on a number of underprivileged communities. At its inception, the Act greatly affected the African American community in the area of civil rights, and this symposium seeks to emphasize the successes that various communities have felt upon enactment of the Civil Rights Act, as well as possible areas of improvement or development where the Act may have failed to help out minority communities. The question we seek to address through a well balanced symposium is whether the Act has led to good public policy, and how the policy regarding civil rights in the state of Minnesota has thrived, or needs to be improved.

            Academic institutions have for years been considered to be marketplaces of ideas, and in that role they have served as places of conversation and debate. We believe it is the duty of academic institutions like Hamline University School of Law to host these scholarly conversations in an attempt to dialogue about important topics such as civil rights.

Celeste Wilson, Symposium Editor, cwilson07@hamline.edu

Daryle Houston, Secondary Symposium Editor, dhouston01@hamline.edu


For more information contact Celeste or Daryle.