Social Movements Workshop: April 7-8, 2017

Law and Litigation in Equality Movements

About this Event

Overview: This workshop provides junior faculty members and advanced graduate students with an opportunity to workshop papers broadly related to the topic of law and litigation in equality movements. The workshop is open to a limited group of invited participants who will read participants' working papers and provide critical comments to participating scholars. Participants wanting to workshop their papers must commit to providing drafts 3 weeks in advance. In addition to an intensive workshop of draft papers, there will be an opportunity for mentoring and informal discussion among scholars on related topics that we hope will be interesting and provocative. 

Timeline: This workshop will take place at the Law School in room 7200 on Friday, April 7th starting at 4:00 pm. Sessions will continue in room 7200 on Saturday, April 8th, until 3:00 pm.

Expectations: Participants with working papers are asked to submit their draft three weeks in advance of the event so they can be made available to other participants on a password-protected website.


Tonya Brito, Jefferson Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
Susan Carle, Professor, American University Washington College of Law
Llezlie Green Coleman, Associate Professor, American University Washington College of Law
Amanda Hughett, Doctoral Fellow, American Bar Foundation; PhD Candidate, Duke Department of History
Gwyn Leachman, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
Sida Liu, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Sociology
Christopher W. Schmidt, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law
Michael Yarbrough, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

Program and Workshop Papers

Program Overview:


4:00 - 4:30 pmWelcome and Introductions
Professor Tonya Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
4:30 - 5:30 pm        Roundtable Discussion on Methodological Approaches to Social Movements Research
Facilitated by Professor Sida Liu
University of Toronto
5:30 - 6:45 pm  "The Limits of the Discrimination Narrative: African American Workers and the Pursuit of Economic Justice"
Llezlie Green Coleman
American University Washington College of Law
7:15 pmDinner at Fresco
227 State Street, Top Floor of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art


8:30 - 9:00 am                       Refreshments
9:00 - 10:15 am"'A Hazardous Enterprise': Civil Liberties Lawyers' Quest for Justice Beyond the Courtroom, 1974-1977"
Amanda Hughett
American Bar Foundation and Duke Department of History
10:30 - 11:45 am"Cooperating Counsel? Private and Public Interest Lawyering for Marriage Equality"
Gwendolyn Leachman
University of Wisconsin Law School
12:10 - 1:30 pmLunch and Roundtable Discussion on Defining Victory in Social Movements
Facilitated by Professor Christopher Schmidt
Chicago-Kent College of Law
1:45 - 3:00 pm"Walking Down the Aisle: Expanding Marriage Access while Reinscribing the Race-Gender Complex in Post-Apartheid South African Marriage Law"
Michael Yarbrough
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Link to Program

Link to Papers: This is a password-protected site; access information will be provided to participants when papers are available.

Accommodations & Directions

Hotel Information:  Participants will have a reservation for one night, Friday, April 7th, at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 525 West Johnson Street in Madison. (We will adjust the reservation if you need to stay a second night.) The room will be charged to the Institute for Legal Studies at the Law School. The DoubleTree is a Hilton-owned property about four short blocks from the Law School, where the group will convene. More information can be found at:  or by calling (608) 251-5511.

Hotel Shuttle: The hotel provides free airport shuttle service. Call the number above when you land at the airport to request the shuttle. Travel time is about 20 minutes.

Directions: The DoubleTree is a 15 minute walk from the Law School, where the workshop will take place.
You also may contact the hotel for shuttle service to campus if needed. From the DoubleTree Hotel, walk west on Johnson Street (opposite the flow of traffic) until you cross Park Street. Turn right (north) and continue 1.5 blocks to the pedestrian overpass. Take the sidewalk located at the overpass up Bascom Hill. The Law School is the second building with a large glass facade. Enter the building and take a short flight of stairs to the right. (A nearby elevator also is available.) The workshop will take place in room 7200, which is the 7th floor faculty library (also called Lubar Commons) overlooking Bascom Hill.

Campus Map: Please see the UW Campus Information located here:  Directions and maps


Questions about the workshop program: Please contact Tonya Brito (Workshop Chair)

Questions about logistics or information on this page: Please contact Michelle Preston (Workshop Coordinator)

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