The Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice presents
"Race and the Pandemic"
A Virtual Symposium
October 29 and 30, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected and harmed people of color. Our symposium seeks to explore these harms and continue ongoing conversations about the racial inequity that COVID-19 has exposed, exacerbated, and created. The panels will cover a wide range of issues related to the pandemic and racial inequity in health care, environmental justice, criminal justice, poverty and finance, civil liberties, and education.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
11:45 a.m. Welcome
Alexandra Klein, Kimberly Shi, Brooke Wilson
12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Panel 1: Health Care and Environmental Inequity
Panelists: Arline T. Geronimus, Seema Mohapatra, Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Ruqaiijah Yearby
Moderator: Professor Jill Fraley
1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Panel 2: Educational Inequity
Panelists: Preston C. Green, III, Vinay Harpalani, Rachel F. Moran, Kimberly Jenkins Robinson
Moderator: Professor Matthew Shaw
3:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Panel 3: Socioeconomic Inequity
Panelists: Theresa Glennon, Andrew Hammond, Miriam Jorgensen, Etienne C. Toussaint
Moderator: Professor Carliss Chatman
Friday, October 30, 2020
12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Panel 4: Inequity in Protecting Civil Liberties
Panelists: Matthew Boaz, Sean Hill, Elizabeth A. Reese, Rebecca Sharpless
Moderator: Professor Alexandra Klein
1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Panel 5: Inequity Within the Criminal Justice System
Panelists: Nora Demleitner, Demetria Frank, Jamelia Morgan, Maybell Romero
Moderator: Professor Brandon Hasbrouck
3:00p.m.–4:00p.m. Keynote Address
4:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Dean Brant Hellwig
Justin Hansford is a Professor Law at Howard University School of Law and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center.
Professor Hansford is a leading scholar and activist in the areas of critical race theory, human rights, and law and social movements. He is a co-author of the forthcoming Seventh Edition of Race, Racism and American Law, the celebrated legal textbook that was the first casebook published specifically for teaching race-related law courses. His interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in academic journals at various universities, including Harvard, Georgetown, Fordham, and the University of California at Hastings. Hansford has been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Ebony, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR. He also is a member of the Stanford Medicine Commission on Justice and Equity.
In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Hansford worked to empower the Ferguson community through community-based legal advocacy. He co-authored the Ferguson to Geneva human rights shadow report and accompanied the Ferguson protesters and Mike Brown’s family to Geneva, Switzerland, to testify at the United Nations. He has served as a policy advisor for proposed post-Ferguson reforms at the local, state, and federal level, testifying before the Ferguson Commission, the Missouri Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.