The Past, Present, and Future of Reparations
February 19 | 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
NYU School of Law | Vanderbilt Hall | Greenberg Lounge
Dinner & Refreshments to Follow
Please join us for the NYU Review of Law & Social Change's 50th Anniversary Colloquium to explore a topic that lies at the heart of America's identity, but is too often ignored by the legal world: reparations for Black Americans. For hundreds of years, the law has maintained racial injustice and curtailed meaningful remedies for reparative justice in the United States. This Colloquium will bring together scholars, legal practitioners, community activists, and policymakers to imagine the possibilities—and limits—of the law in facilitating truth, reconciliation, and meaningful reparations.
Panel 1: 4:00 - 5:00 PM: Setting the Stage for Reparations
Moderator: Norrinda Hayat | Rutgers Law
Katherine Franke | Columbia University
Nkechi Taifa | The Taifa Group & Justice Roundtable
Robert Westley | Tulane University
Panel 2: 5:15 - 6:15 PM: Current Efforts to Fight for Reparations
Moderator: Deborah Archer | NYU School of Law
Queen Mother Mashariki Jywanza | National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
David Ragland | Truth Telling Project of Ferguson
Joyce Hope Scott | International Network of Scholars and Activists for African Reparations
Panel 3: 6:30 - 7:30 PM: Future Possibilities: Paving the Path Forward
Moderator: Vincent Southerland | Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law
Jennifer Bellamy | American Civil Liberties Union
Kesi Foster | Movement for Black Lives
Jessica Gordon Nembhard | John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The NYU Review of Law & Social Change thanks our generous co-sponsors for their support:
- Alternative Breaks
- American Constitutional Society
- Center on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
- Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law
- Christian Legal Fellowship
- Law Students for Economic Justice
- Law Women
- National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
- National Lawyers Guild (NYU and NYC Chapters)
- Prison Reform and Education Project
- RISE Indivisible
*This event qualifies for up to 3.5 CLE credits in Professional Practice. It is suitable for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. When you check in at the event, be sure to mention that you are seeking CLE credit so you can fill out the proper forms for credit!
**This event will be recorded, but not live-streamed.
***Note on wheelchair accessibility: Guests should enter Vanderbilt through the front entrance, where the ramps are located. Before the stairs down to the lobby area in front of Greenberg, there are stairway entrance doors to the right. Through those doors and to the left is a small room where the first wheelchair lift is located. After the first lift, you will cross the lobby area to the furthest set of stairs that lead back up to Greenberg. These are the stairs behind the tables outside of Greenberg. There is a second lift there that you may operate to enter Greenberg.
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