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BLSA Spring Conference


February 29, 2008 - March 1, 2008


2008 BLSA Conference Schedule

"Is Race Still Relevant? Examining the Connection between Race and Class in the Black community"

Registration and Breakfast 10:00am – 10:30am Breezeway

Panel 1 10:30am – Noon Room 280A

"The Future of Race-Based Claims in the Federal Courts"


Matthew Colangelo – Staff Attorney: Economic Justice Section, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Maya Harris, SLS '92, Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California

Pamela Price – Civil Rights Appellate Litigator, Director of Price & Associates (civil rights law firm in Oakland), former Interim Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area, Litigated Morgan v. Nat'l Passenger Railroad Corp., 536 U.S.101, in the Supreme Court.

Lunch Noon – 1:15pm Crocker Garden

Panel 2 1:30pm – 3:00pm Room 280A

"The Continued Relevancy of Race in the Criminal Justice System"


Jody Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law, University of Southern California (USC), author of Color-Consciousness in the Courtroom, Bring the Noise, and Negrophobia & Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America.

Jennifer Eberhardt, Professor, Stanford University Department of Psychology, author of: Seeing black: Race, crime, and visual processing and Looking deathworthy: Perceived stereotypicality of Black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes.

Trevor Gardner, Ph.D. Candidate – University of California, Berkeley, Former Public Defender, Public Defender Service of Washington DC


Hon. LaDoris Cordell, SLS '74, Special Counselor to the President for Campus Relations – Stanford University, Legal Commentator and former Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge

Facilitated Discussion 3:15pm – 4:45pm Room 95

"The Modern Significance of Loving v. Virginia: Can black women Minimize the Class Divide through Interracial Marriage?

Led by Professor R. Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Keynote Address and Dinner 5:00pm – 6:00pm Faculty Lounge

Hon. Myron Thompson, Middle District Alabama

Introduction by Dean Larry Kramer, Stanford Law School

Dinner Catered by Back-A-Yards Caribbean Cuisine