Off to the City That Care Forgot


Getting ready to head out to “The Big Easy” or “The City That Care Forgot.” It will be my first time in New Orleans. It’s the setting of The Pelican Brief.

More so, it’s where Hurricane Katrina landed in 2005, the year I graduated from law school. By the time Hurricane Katrina came, I had already undergone three hurricanes the summer before. Yet the disparity of how populations were displaced and dislocated cannot be blamed on a single water hazard event, but based on centuries of inequality in housing, infrastructure, access to education, employment, and other opportunities.

The AALS Minority Groups Section is hosting the following programs.

Thursday, January 3rd at 1:30 pm

Disaster Response, Recovery, and Relief in Minority Communities

  • Rebecca Bratspies, City University of New York School of Law
  • Maxine Burkett, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Victor Flatt, University of Houston Law Center
  • Susan Kuo, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Cliff Villa , University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Moderator:  Kalyani Robbins, Florida International University College of Law

Thursday, January 3rd at 3:30 pm

Critical Pedagogy in the Era of Diversity

  • Meera Deo, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Nadia Ahmad, Barry University School of Law
  • Mae Quinn, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Teri McMurtry-Chubb, Mercer University School of Law
  • Moderator:  Sahar Aziz, Rutgers Law School

Friday, January 4th at 1:30 pm

The Legal Consequences of Living a Long Life: Differential Impact on Marginalized Communities

  • Donohon Abdugafurova, Emory University Islamic Civilizations Studies
  • Anne L. Alstott, Yale Law School
  • Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Beverly I. Moran, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Nancy E. Shurtz, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Jessica Dixon Weaver, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • Moderator: Browne C. Lewis, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University
  • Friday, January 4th at 4:00 pm

Section on Minority Groups Cocktail Reception at The Palace Cafe

Saturday, January 5th at 10:30 am

Bias in the Courtroom

  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • David A. Harris, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Brooks R. Holland, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Colin Miller, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Christian Brook Sundquist, Albany Law School
  • Moderator: Tamara F. Lawson, St. Thomas University School of Law

Saturday, January 5th at 12:15 pm

Section Luncheon, Awards Presentation, and Business Meeting

Sunday, January 6th at 8:30 am

Racial and Ethnic Segregation and the Widening Opportunity Gap

  • Mehrsa Baradaran, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Devon Carbado, UCLA School of Law
  • Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown Law
  • Rachel Moran, UCLA School of Law
  • Moderator: Akilah Folami, Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Sunday, January 6th at 10:30 am

Race, Gender, and Socio-Economic Justice

  • Deleso A. Alford, Southern University Law Center
  • Robert Ashford, Syracuse University College of Law
  • William K. Black, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • June Rose Carbone, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Martha Albertson Fineman, Emory University School of Law
  • Philip L. Harvey, Rutgers Law School
  • Tayyab Mahmud, Seattle University School of Law
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