Monday, May 21, 2018

Race Hate: The New Normal? (NEPOC/CAPALF Conference May 31-June 1)

2018 NEPOC and CAPALF Legal Scholarship Conference

2018 Joint Conference Announcement

The Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (NEPOC) and the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) Proudly Present

Race Hate: The New Normal?

May 31 - June 1, 2018

Albany Law School, Albany, New York

Register Here 

For a time it was fashionable to describe racism as a thing of the past. Racism was a relic, a specter, a mystic chord of memory. Racism was bad form, anachronistic, irrelevant. Once upon a time racism existed, but the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States was “goodbye to all that.” “We’re all post-racial now.” But we have never been post-racial.

With the election of Donald Trump racism is again ascendant.

What is to be done?

We hope to address the present crisis at the NEPOC/CAPALF conference in Albany, New York. Speakers will address the following themes:

  • Race Hate 2018
  • Speech in a Post-Truth Era
  • Women & Legal Activism: Feminism, Social Movements & Resistance
  • Colonialism as Catastrophe: Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico
  • Challenges Facing Administrators of Color: Diversity & Inclusion In Higher Education & Legal Education
  • National Security Policy: Extreme Vetting and the Muslim Ban
  • Immigration, Federalism, Sanctuary Cities/States


Barbara Smith
Founder of Kitchen Table: Woman of Color Press (the first U.S. publisher for literature by women of color) and the Combahee River Collective (, and an author, activist, community organizer, and independent scholar whose groundbreaking work helped open up a cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. Smith was among the first to define an African American women's literary tradition and to build Black women's studies and Black feminism in the United States. See and



Neil Gotanda



Sahar Aziz, Professor and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar; Director, Center for Security, Race & Rights, Rutgers Law School

Matthew Charity, Co=President of SALT, Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law

Elaine Chiu, Professor of Law and Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, St. John’s University School of Law

Pamela Edwards, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession, CUNY School of Law

Anthony Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Albany Law School

Neil Gotanda, Professor of Law, Western State College of Law

Peter Halewood, Professor of Law, Albany Law School

Vinay Harpalani, Associate Professor of Law, Savannah Law School

Taja-Nia Henderson, Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law

Janell Hobson, Professor of Women’s Studies and Chair, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Albany

Emily Houh, Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of Law and Contracts, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Margaret Hu, Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Pantea Javidan, Chair, Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants

Anil Kalhan, Professor of Law, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University

Alexis Kateron, Assistant Professor of Law, Director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic, Rutgers Law School

Deseriee Kennedy, Dean of Diversity and Professor of Law, Touro Law Center

Julia Kosineski, 3L, Albany Law School

Peter Margulies, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law

Teresa “Teri” Miller, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, State University of New York

Cheryl Packwood, Former Overseas Representative for the Government of Bermuda

Deborah Post, Professor EmeritusTouro Law Center

Jodie Roure, Associate Professor Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Sudha Setty, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Incoming Dean, Western New England University School of Law

Anna Shavers, Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law, Nebraska Law School

Rick Su, Professor of Law, University at Buffalo School of Law

Christian B. Sundquist, Director of Faculty Research and Scholarship and Professor of Law, Albany Law School

Jose Luis Vargas Tapia, Initiativa Communitaria Medical Brigade

Mona Washington, Playwright

Donna Young, Professor of Law, Albany Law School

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