The Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty & The Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference
Law, Intersectionality, and the Next Wave of Social Movements in the Trump Era
June 2-3, 2017
Brooklyn Law School is proud to host the joint 2017 Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Law, Intersectionality, and the Next Wave of Social Movements in the Trump Era.” The conference will take place on June 2-3, 2017 at Brooklyn Law School in vibrant, diverse, trendy downtown Brooklyn, New York.
From LGBTQ rights to DREAMers to the Movement for Black Lives to new forms of labor organizing among precarious, low-wage, on-demand workers, the social movements of today are increasingly operating at the intersections of multiple communities, identities, and structural injustices. This in turn has created a unique confluence of alliances, collaborations, and common purposes in addressing underlying structural exclusions, inequities, and imbalances of power. Yet as the 2016 election revealed so starkly, these movements for equality and inclusion have also provoked a virulent reactionary populism and counter-reaction.
What are the opportunities, challenges, and implications of these 21st century movements? As scholars and activists, what role can we play in forging new alliances and strengthening existing ones, advancing the goals of these social movements, and furthering longer-term political and social power? How do we encourage even more conversation between scholars and activists to effect real change? How do we ensure that these new alliances among multiple communities advance common goals without obscuring real differences? And how should we understand and gird ourselves against the various forms of counter-reactions, including counter-reactions based on the fear of a majority-minority America? These are just some of the questions this conference hopes to address.
CALL FOR GROUP PANELS AND INDIVIDUAL PAPERS
GROUP PANEL PROPOSALS: We encourage the submission of group panel proposals relating to this year’s theme, “Law, Intersectionality, and the Next Wave of Social Movements in the Trump Era.” A group panel would consist of 3-4 panelists. We are especially interested in proposed group panels that feature both legal scholars as well as activists and/or scholars from other disciplines. Panels might address questions such as (but not limited to):
- How are current social movements challenging long-standing inequities? What are the opportunities, difficulties, and implications of these 21st century movements?
- How have these movements (successfully or unsuccessfully) built longer-term political and social power?
- How might we situate these movements in context of current law, courts, and political institutions?
- Are these 21st century movements different from previous waves in American history? Or are they better understood in a historical tradition of racial, social, gender justice?
- How should we understand the various forms of counter-reaction against these movements and the broader vision of a majority-minority America?
If you are interested in proposing a group panel along these lines, please email Professor Sabeel Rahman at [email protected] with a description of your group panel, including the names of the panelists you have enlisted, by February 28, 2017. Please write “CAPALF-NEPOC Group Panel Proposal” in the subject line of your email.
INDIVIDUAL PAPER PROPOSALS: We are also interested in individual presentations and papers. These presentations may be on any topic, i.e., they need not be on the theme of the conference. That said, depending on the number of individual paper proposals we receive, preference may be given to papers that are more closely tied to the theme of the conference. After reviewing the individual paper proposals, the conference organizers will group the individual papers into panels based on subject matter. If you are interested in presenting an individual paper, please email Professor Bennett Capers at [email protected] with a description of your paper by February 28, 2017. Please write “CAPALF-NEPOC Individual Paper Proposal” in the subject line of your email.
CALL FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
CAPALF and NEPOC support and nurture the careers of law professors at every stage. Your proposal for a workshop can involve one or multiple presenters or organizers. Please list all names in the proposal.
If you are interested in proposing and leading a professional development workshop, please email Professor Sudha Setty at [email protected] by February 28, 2017. Please write “CAPALF-NEPOC Professional Development Workshop” in the subject line of your email.
CALL FOR WORKS IN PROGRESS
Works in progress are sessions devoted to giving authors helpful feedback on their writing projects in a safe and supportive setting. The topic of your work in progress can be about any topic and does not have to relate to the conference theme. If you are interested in presenting a work in progress, please submit a 1 to 2 page abstract and/or a draft to Professor Deseriee Kennedy at [email protected] by February 28, 2017. Please write “CAPALF-NEPOC WIP Submission” in the subject line of your email.
If you are interested in serving as a Lead Commentator for a work in progress, please also email Professor Deseriee Kennedy at [email protected] by February 28, 2017 and state your areas of expertise. Please write “CAPALF-NEPOC Volunteer Commentator” in the subject line of your email.
CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS
Each year CAPALF and NEPOC recognize the achievements of outstanding teachers-scholars-activists of color in the legal academy. Last year the Haywood Burns-Shanara Gilbert award went to the Northeast Corridor Collective of Black Women Law Professors. Please consider nominating someone(s) for the following awards:
- Haywood Burns-Shanara Gilbert Award for Outstanding Activist – Teacher – Scholar
- Professor Keith Aoki Asian Pacific American Jurisprudence Award
- Professor Chris Kando Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award
- Professor Eric K. Yamamoto Emerging Scholar Award
Please submit your nomination to Professor Elaine Chiu at [email protected] by February 28, 2017. Be sure to include a brief supporting statement and to write “CAPALF-NEPOC Award Nomination” in the subject line of your email.
PROGRAMMING FOR NEW AND ASPIRING LAW PROFESSORS
This year, we hope to include some programming specifically targeted to new and aspiring law professors, including the opportunity for aspiring law professors to do mock job talks. So please share this announcement with new and aspiring law professors!
The Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative (BLPI), will be a professionally moderated program designed to give diverse students who live or attend college in Brooklyn direct instruction on how to successfully apply to and fund a law school education. The program is being jointly run by the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA), the Brooklyn Bar Association(BBA) and the Defense Association of New York (DANY). Each participant will be matched with an attorney mentor. Participants who attend all sessions will be offered an opportunity to obtain a non-paying summer internship. Stipends may be available to defray certain transportation and ancillary costs associated with the internships.
Selected students will attend five (5) two-hour classroom sessions, once a month, starting February 27, 2017 that will be moderated by Paula Edgar, an attorney, diversity and inclusion coach and former law school administrator.
Classes will be held at the Brooklyn Bar Association’s landmark building located at 123 Remsen Street in downtown Brooklyn. These classes will be held from 5:30- 7:30 PM and will address the following topics:
- February 27, 2017 – The Legal Profession – What is a lawyer? What do they do? – Panel discussion with judges and attorneys describing the areas in which they practice.
- March 13, 2017 – Applying to Law School – Course selection- Time management – Writing skills – IRAC – The LSAT’s – Paying for law school – Guided questions and answer session with a college career counselor and a law school admissions officer.
- March 27, 2017 – Networking and Mentoring – Each participant will be paired with an Attorney Mentor – Developing a resume and cover letter.
- April 24, 2017 – Internships –Interview Skills – Professionalism.
- May 22, 2017– Mock Interviews – Each participant will participate in simulated interviews and will receive immediate constructive feedback.
- June -August 2017 – Summer Internship Program
Application deadline is February 10. Click HERE for the brochure containing additional information.
Call for Programs
NAPABA is excited to announce the 2017 call for programs, speakers, and plenary topics is now open! We invite all of our members to submit a program proposal and encourage you to present creative and timely legal topics in which you are passionate and experienced. If accepted, your program will be presented at the 2017 NAPABA Convention in Washington, D.C. — the largest gathering of Asian Pacific American attorneys in the country.
For more information on how to submit a program proposal, please visit our Call for Programs page. The Call for Programs will close on March 20, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT and no late submissions will be accepted.
Call for Speakers and Speaker Database
NAPABA is looking for speakers interested in serving on a CLE panel at the 2017 NAPABA Convention. Lend your expertise and add your name to our speaker database! For more information and to join, please visit our Call for Speakers page.
Call for Plenary Topics
Have an idea for a plenary topic? Your idea could be featured and presented during the Convention. For more information and to submit an idea, please visit our Call for Plenary Topics page.