Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech and the March on Washington
Friday, September 13, 2013 at New York Law School
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On the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington, leaders of the civil rights movement joined prominent civil and human rights attorneys and legal scholars to reflect on the impact Dr. King’s speech and the March had on the civil rights movement; examine civil rights enforcement in the federal courts; and discuss the legacy of these events today and for the future.
Distinguished speakers included Clarence Jones, personal counselor, advisor, and draft speechwriter to Dr. King and author of Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation; Debo Adegbile (Senior Counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary); Deborah N. Archer (New York Law School); Elise Boddie (Rutgers School of Law – Newark); Stephen Bright (Southern Center for Human Rights); Theodore Eisenberg (Cornell); Kim Keenan (NAACP); Edward A. Purcell, Jr. (New York Law School); Lauren Kay Robel (Indiana University); Dorothy Roberts (University of Pennsylvania); David Schoenbrod (New York Law School); Steven Shapiro (ACLU); and Ann Woolhandler (University of Virginia). Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone and an advocate for education reform, delivered the keynote address.
Sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School, the New York Law School Racial Justice Project, and the New York Law School Law Review. Selected papers presented at the symposium were published in an issue of the New York Law School Law Review. View the related issue here.
PROGRAM AND SPEAKERS
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Check-in for pre-registered guests and breakfast
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
- Deborah N. Archer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, and Director of the Racial Justice Project, New York Law School
- David Schoenbrod (Moderator), Trustee Professor of Law, New York Law School
- Clarence Jones, Author of “Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation” and former personal counsel, advisor and draft speech writer to Dr. King
- Kim Keenan, General Counsel, NAACP
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address
- Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
- Edward Purcell (Moderator), Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law, New York Law School
- Theodore Eisenberg, Henry Allen Mark Professor of Law, Cornell University School of Law
- Lauren Kay Robel, Van Nolan Professor of Law and Provost, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
- Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Ann Woolhandler, William Minor Lile Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Panel III: “We Shall Always March Ahead”: The Road Forward in Pursuit of Equality
- Elise Boddie (Moderator), Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School (on leave) and Acting Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
- Debo Adegbile, Acting President and Director-Counsel, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
- Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights
- Steven Shapiro, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits were available at this event.