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Past Events

March 11 , 2019
Brian Simpson Lecture- Constitutional Change and Constitutional History
Dean Risa Goluboff, University of Virginia School of Law, delivered the thirdbiennial Brian Simpson Lecture.

April 6 , 2017
Brian Simpson Lecture- Policing Black Citizenship: From the Founding to Ferguson
Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School, delivered the second biennial Brian Simpson Lecture.

November 24 , 2015
Legal History Workshop
H. Timothy Lovelace, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, presented his paper "The World is on Our Side: The U.S. Origins of the United Nations' Race Convention." 

November 17 , 2015
Legal History Workshop
Amanda Alexander, University of Michigan, presented her paper "'The Authorities Cannot Meed Demand': Prison Labor, Pass Laws, and Agricultural Development in Apartheid South Africa." 

November 16 , 2015
Diversity Talk: Diversity and Curriculum, with Angela Dillard, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, LSA ​

November 3 , 2015
Legal History Workshop
Kunal Parker, University of Miami School of Law, presented his paper "Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America." 

October 27, 2015
Legal History Workshop
Charlotte Walker-Said, John Jay College, CUNY, presented her paper "Faith, Power, and Family: Law and Christianity in Interwar Cameroon." 

OCTOBER 26, 2015
Workshop on Contemporary Slavery
​This workshop brought together a jurist from Brazil (Leonardo Barbosa), one from France (Bénédicte Bourgeois), and one from the United Kingdom (Nuala Mole) to work with a group of UM faculty (Rebecca Scott, Martha Jones, Jean Hébrard, Sueann Caulfield, Kate Andrias, and Bridgette Carr) concerning strategy and jurisprudence on contemporary slavery and human trafficking. ​

October 13, 2015
Legal History Workshop
Tom Romero, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, presented his paper "Water, Water Everywhere...and No Where: Bridging the Confluence of Water and Immigration Law." 

October 6, 2015
Legal History Workshop
Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan, presented her paper "'Acts of Ownership and Authority': The Enslavement of Eulalie Oliveau." 

October 5, 2015
Diversity Talk: Gender and Faculty Diversity with Abigail Stewart, ADVANCE Director​

September 29, 2015
Legal History Workshop
Sara Mayeux, University of Pennsylvania Law School, presented her paper "The 'Progressive' Public Defender (and Its Alternatives) in Los Angeles, 1914-1949."

September 22, 2015
Legal History Workshop
Eric Foner, Columbia University, presented his book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.

September 21, 2015
Diversity Talk: Diversity and Strategic Planning with Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs​

September 9, 2015
Legal History Workshop
Claire Lemercier, CNRS and Sciences Po (Paris), presented her paper "How do Businessmen Like Their Courts? Evidence from Mid-19th Century France, England, and New York City." 

April 20, 2015
Program in Race, Law & History Pro-Seminar

April 10, 2015
Allure of the Judicial Archives Workshop

March 18, 2015
Multiracial Americans and Racial Discrimination

March 13, 2015
Inaugural Brian Simp​son Lecture: Gibbons v. Ogden, without the Commerce Clause:​​ Of Steamboats, a River, Slaves, a Quarrelsome Family, a Bank, and the Legal Lives of Two Old Men

January 19, 2015
The Children of Loving v. Virginia: Living at the Intersection of Law and Mixed-Race Identity

December 6, 2014
Legislating and Litigating in the Campaign Against Modern Slavery: Theory Meets practice

December 5, 2014
Contemporary Slavery: Legislating, Litigating, and Organizing to Combat Slavery and Human Trafficking

October 14, 2014
Tracing Atlantic Revolutions: One Family's Itinerary

September 19, 2014
The Highest Tribute: The Michigan Journal of Race & Law at Twenty

June 1-2, 2014
The Law and The Child in Historical Perspective

April 26, 2014
Race, Law & The American State: An interdisciplinary symposium

April 11, 2014
Race, Law & History Fellowship Pro-Seminar

February 24, 2014
CNN Google Plus Hangout: African-American Identity

November 1, 2013
Brazil: History, Human Rights, and Contemporary Slavery

View Panel I | View Panel II

September 19, 2013
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: A Lecture with Professor Jeanne Theoharis

May 12, 2013
Michigan Law Senior Day Address by Former Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar, '81

In his Senior Day address at Michigan Law, Secretary Salazar, '81, recalled with eloquence and insight the struggle for racial justice of which Michigan Law has been a part. Here, we share the text of that speech as well as a link to the video. Thank you to Secretary Salazar for permission to publish his words.

October 15, 2012 - February 18, 2013
Proclaiming Emancipation

March 31, 2012
Revisiting 'The Sexual Economy of American Slavery': A Conversation with Adrienne Davis

Full Program

January 16, 2012
Dr. King's Vision for Economic Justice: Focus on Detroit

View a video from the event

October 6, 2011
Slavery Against the Law: Enslavement and Human Trafficking in Historical Perspective, from the Amistad Captives (1839) to Siliadin v. France (2005)

Full Program | View an Image Gallery

Professor Christopher McCrudden continues his discussion of Slavery Against the Law on the UK Constitutional Law Group blog

Slavery Against the Law Panel Discussion

April 1-2, 2011
"We Must First Take Account": A Conference on Race, Law, and History in the Americas

Full Program​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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