Extended Deadline: Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Mar. 21-24, 2019, Washington, DC. NEW Submission Deadline Nov. 1, 2018.

Full NPOC19 CFP JPEGCall for Proposals – Panels, Roundtables, and Papers


We are excited to announce the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference will be held March 21-24, 2019, at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. The Conference will feature distinguished keynote speakers, plenary sessions, concurrent panel discussions, works-in-progress workshops, and shorter incubator sessions to discuss research, writing, and pedagogy ideas.

The theme of the Conference will be People of Color and the Future of Democracy.  The Conference will explore how we, as people of color and allies, preserve and safeguard democracy in our teaching and scholarship, particularly with respect to marginalized communities.  The Conference theme is intentionally broad and relates to critical conversations such as: the role of lawyers and law professors; intersectionality, inclusion, and action; and whether and how to reframe and reclaim particular narratives.

The NPOC19 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for papers, panels, and workshops that fit within the conference theme.  The Committee also invites abstracts for projects to be presented in the works-in-progress and incubator sessions.

  • Individual paper proposals should include a title, abstract, and speaker bio. Individual papers will be grouped by the conference organizers into panels.
  • Panel proposals should include a proposed title of the session, a 250-word description of the proposed topic, and a list of speakers (with speaker bios) who have agreed to be on the panel. Please also indicate the suggested format of the session – e.g., traditional panel, roundtable, debate, rapid response (i.e., panelists provide concise responses (2-3 minutes) to multiple rounds of questions posed by moderator).
  • Proposals for the works-in-progress sessions should include a title, abstract, and speaker bio. Works-in-progess sessions are meant to provide a supportive mechanism for sharing drafts and getting feedback.
  • Proposals for the thoughts-in-progress sessions should include include a title, abstract, and speaker bio. Thoughts-in-progress sessions are meant to provide space to share ideas that are still being formed and would benefit from feedback.

Please submit your proposals to Professors Anita Sinha, Janie Chuang, and Ezra Rosser by means of the online form at goo.gl/7iu3uz by November 1, 2018.  If you would like to submit more than one proposal, you are welcome to do so using this same form a second time, but note that there may or may not be space in the program to accommodate multiple presentations by the same person. We will get back to you soon after December 1, 2018 regarding proposal selection. Please note that participants will be responsible for the conference fee and travel costs.  Letters of invitation for participants to secure external funding will be available. If you have any questions or need additional support, please contact Tony Varona (avarona@wcl.american.edu). The Fourth National POC Planning Committee appreciates your interest in participating in this collaborative effort of diverse legal scholars and teachers and looks forward to welcoming you to #NPOC19 next March!

The Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference does not discriminate on the basis of any identity status. We are strongly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence by including and integrating individuals who represent different groups, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic background, age, disability, immigration status, veteran status, or any other status.


New Report: How Marriott’s Corporate Practices Fuel Growing Racial Inequality in America

New Report: Amy Traub & Julia Gunn, How Marriott’s Corporate Practices Fuel Growing Racial Inequality in America (Demos 2018).

New Book (and Book Talk): Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform After 20 Years

epovertyNew Book: Felicia Kornbluh & Gwendolyn Mink, Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform After 20 Years (2018). Book talk in DC, Nov. 4, 2018 at 5 pm. Overview below:

In Ensuring Poverty, Felicia Kornbluh and Gwendolyn Mink assess the gendered history of welfare reform. They foreground arguments advanced by feminists for a welfare policy that would respect single mothers’ rights while advancing their opportunities and assuring economic security for their families. Kornbluh and Mink consider welfare policy in the broad intersectional context of gender, race, poverty, and inequality. They argue that the subject of welfare reform always has been single mothers, the animus always has been race, and the currency always has been inequality. Yet public conversations about poverty and welfare, even today, rarely acknowledge the nexus between racialized gender inequality and the economic vulnerability of single-mother families.

Since passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) by a Republican Congress and the Clinton administration, the gendered dimensions of antipoverty policy have receded from debate. Mink and Kornbluh explore the narrowing of discussion that has occurred in recent decades and the path charted by social justice feminists in the 1990s and early 2000s, a course rejected by policy makers. They advocate a return to the social justice approach built on the equality of mothers, especially mothers of color, in policies aimed at poor families.

New Report: Balancing Priorities: Preservation and Neighborhood Opportunity in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program Beyond Year 30

Balancing-Priorities_255New Report: National Low Income Housing Coalition, Balancing Priorities: Preservation and Neighborhood Opportunity in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program Beyond Year 30 (2018) [the page has both an interactive and a standard PDF version].

Call-for-papers: A VHC Workshop on the Clash of Values: Paternalism vs. Liberalism

Call-for-papers: A Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative Workshop on the Clash of Values: Paternalism vs. Liberalism. Deadline Nov. 16, 2018.

New Article: The New State Zoning: Land Use Preemption amid a Housing Crisis

New Article: John Infranca, The New State Zoning: Land Use Preemption amid a Housing Crisis, Boston College L. Rev. forthcoming 2019. Abstract:

Commentators have long decried the pernicious effects that overly restrictive land use regulations, which stifle new development, have on housing supply and affordability, regional and national economic growth, social mobility, and racial integration. The fragmented nature of zoning rules in the United States, which are set primarily at the local level, renders it seemingly impossible to address these concerns systematically. While there have been some efforts to address local exclusionary tendencies and their suboptimal effects by means of greater state control, these efforts, which remain contentious, have been limited to just a few states.

In the past few years a new wave of state interventions in local zoning has appeared. These interventions are motivated in part by the harsh reality of housing shortages and skyrocketing costs in significant parts of the country, which have made housing affordability a salient issue for a broader segment of the population. At the same time, states have grown increasingly willing to preempt local governments across a range of policy realms.

This Article contends that the confluence of these and other factors suggests the potential for a recalibration of the balance of power between state and local governments in the realms of housing and land use regulation. State governments are increasingly displacing local restrictions on new development, mandating that municipalities permit certain forms of housing, and providing incentives for local governments to adopt certain forms of housing. I argue that the current housing crisis justifies bold new forms of state intervention. Such interventions should expressly preempt narrow elements of local law, rather than, as an earlier generation of interventions did, adding additional planning requirements, procedural steps, or potential appeals. At the same time, these interventions can and should provide clear mechanisms for addressing significant countervailing local interests.

New Article: Neighbourhood effects and beyond: Explaining the paradoxes of inequality in the changing American metropolis

New Article: Robert J. Sampson, Neighbourhood effects and beyond: Explaining the paradoxes of inequality in the changing American metropolis, Urban Studies 2018. Abstract below:

American cities today are simultaneously the same and different from Wilson’s classic portrayal in The Truly Disadvantaged ([1987] 2012), first published over 30 years ago. Concentrated poverty and racial segregation endure, as do racial gaps in multiple aspects of wellbeing. But mass incarceration, the dramatic drop in violent crime, immigration, rising income segregation, the suburbanisation of poverty, and other macrosocial trends have transformed the urban scene. The paradoxical result is that cities today are both better and worse off. In this paper, I put forth a unifying framework on persistence and change in urban inequality, highlighting a theory of neighbourhood effects and the higher-order structure of the contemporary metropolis. I apply this analytic framework to examine: (1) neighbourhood inequality as an important driver and mediator of urban transformation; (2) racial disparities across the life course in compounded deprivation, poisoned development, and intergenerational mobility; and (3) how everyday spatial mobility beyond the local neighbourhood is producing new forms of social isolation and higher-order segregation. I conclude with a challenge to dominant policy perspectives on urban racial inequality.

-Thanks to Susan Bennett for the heads up!

New forthcoming Book: The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

AAJackNew forthcoming Book: Anthony Abraham Jack, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students (March 2019).

Call-for-Papers: Law & Society; Washington, D.C. May 30-Jun 2, 2019.

Full info here, deadline for submissions Nov. 7, 2018.

News Coverage: The Battle for Houston

News Coverage: Joel Kotkin, The Battle for Houston, City Journal, Aug. 15, 2018.