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 pm Welcome 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 pm Dinner 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 pm Lunch 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

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