This one-day Symposium chaired by Professor Carla Spivack (Oklahoma City University School of Law), entitled Wills, Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race and Class, will explore the gender, race and class implications of succession law. A legal system’s choices about who is able to transfer wealth during life and at death, and the consequences of these choices, reveal a society’s core values, competing concerns and fundamental political commitments. The transmission of wealth from one generation to the next replicates or disrupts the very social structures that create, sustain and determine power, class, and social mobility. Scholars from around the world will discuss succession law and its implications in today's society.


The Symposium will be a public event and consist of four panel presentations and one keynote speaker. The Symposium will conclude around 5:00pm. The Law Review will host dinners for panelists and other invited guests on the evening of Thursday, October 11th and the evening of Friday, October 12th.

Agenda and Program

The Symposium program is posted here.

Participants' Bios and Abstracts

Participants' bios and abstracts

Deadlines and Paper Submission Instructions

Please submit the your presentation title, a short bio, and an abstract of your paper (or description of your presentation) by Monday, September 17.

Draft papers are due by Monday, October 1.

Please submit all materials to Michelle Preston (michelle.preston@wisc.edu)

Access to Papers

Papers are posted here.

CLE Credit

We have been approved for 8 hours of CLE credit for WI attorneys.

Supplemental reading for CLE Credit


Registration is free. Prior registration is encouraged to facilitate planning although we will welcome walk-ins. Please use the link below to register by September 30, 2018.

Register for the Symposium


We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for speakers and panelists at the Fluno Center. The Fluno Center is within walking distance of the Law School and is about a 15-20 minute cab ride to the airport.

Campus Map

Campus Map


Please contact Wisconsin Law Review Symposium Editors Julia Walsh and Erin Kautz.


University of Wisconsin Law School, Institute for Legal Studies, Center for European Studies, Wisconsin State Bar, Oklahoma City University School of Law, University Lectures Knapp Fund, Wisconsin Experience Grant

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