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Tulane forum examining law and inequality Nov. 7

November 06, 2014

Americans exercised their right to vote this week, but how are other rights faring?

Legal scholars from across the United States will examine the future of civil rights — from voter suppression and immigrant detention to the criminalization of low-income parenting — at a day-long conference hosted by Tulane Law School Nov. 7.

The event was made possible by a gift from retired trial lawyer Gordon Gamm (L ’70) and his wife, Grace, who funded the Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar award to provide resources for an early-career Tulane Law professor conducting interdisciplinary work.

Tulane Law Associate Professor Saru Matambanadzo, the Gamm Faculty Scholar, organized the forum and will discuss her research into the impact of pregnancy discrimination law on the workplace. The Gamms also plan to attend. 

The forum runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a luncheon keynote address on “The New Feudalism” by University of Chicago Law Professor Mary Ann Case.

Panels will examine “Civil Rights, Citizenship & Inequality;” “Identity, Work & Inequality,” “Gender, Embodiment & Inequality” and “Property, Contract & the Rhetoric of Inequality.”

Presenters include three Tulane Law graduates, Professors Wendy Greene (L ’02), of Samford University’s Cumberland Law School, Lucy Jewell (L ’00), of the University of Tennessee and Isabel Medina (L ’87) of Loyola University in New Orleans. 

Gamm, who comes from a family of Tulane lawyers, established the Bragg Symposium on Humanism in Kansas City and the Boulder International Humanist Institute.


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