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Forde-Mazrui, '93, to Offer Address at Michigan Law MLK Day Celebration

By Jenny Whalen
Jan. 7, 2014

When racial disparities in health, education, or employment are exposed, it is often the government that is called upon to identify—and eliminate—the cause. But does the Constitution permit the government to do so?

Kim Forde-Mazrui, '93

University of Virginia School of Law Prof. Kim Forde-Mazrui, BA '90, JD '93, will address this question Jan. 20 as the featured speaker at Michigan Law's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Presenting "The Canary-Blind Constitution: Must Government Ignore Racial Inequality," the Michigan Law alumnus will focus specifically on racial disparities in infant mortality, suggesting several responses the government may consider in addressing these disparities and exploring the constitutional concerns each response raises.

The talk is open to the public and will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 in 1225 South Hall. A reception will follow.

Forde-Mazrui, who currently serves as UVA's Mortimer M. Caplin Professor of Law, is a former director for the Center for the Study of Race and Law as well as a Darrow Scholar, whose scholarship focuses on equal protection, especially involving race and sexual orientation.

While at Michigan Law, Forde-Mazrui won both the Law School and the Regional ABA Client Counseling Competitions, served as notes editor for the Michigan Law Review, and volunteered with the Family Law Project. He was also a recipient of the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship, the highest graduation award, and the Carl Gussin Memorial Prize, awarded for excellence in trial advocacy.

In 2013, UVA named him the winner of the John T. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award.

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