Category Archives: Conferences

LPE Summer Series: Mapping U.S. Law & Political Economy

LPE Summer Series: Mapping U.S. Law & Political Economy
(1st event Wednesday, July 1st at 8pm!)

Conversations between LPE scholars about current features of the U.S. legal-political order, how they came to be and where they might be going, with an emphasis on the political coalitions that have shaped and reshaped them.

July 1: Antitrust with Sanjukta Paul & Sandeep Vaheesan

July 8: Money and Banking with Mehrsa Baradaran & Rohan Grey

July 22: Social Movements with Amna Akbar, Jocelyn Simonson, & Sameer Ashar

July 29: Labor & Employment with Veena Dubal & Kate Andrias

August 5: The Criminal Legal System with Jonathan Simon & Sean Ossei-Owusu

August 12: American Empire with Asli Bâli & Aziz Rana

All sessions are on Wednesdays, 8pm – 9:15pm ET.

Register here to attend one or more of these sessions (links to the webinars will be distributed the morning of the event)!

LSC Briefing: Evictions and the COVID-19 Pandemic

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020
LSC Briefing: Evictions and the COVID-19 Pandemic
11:00 am- 12:30 pm EDT

Please join us on Zoom or Facebook.
To watch on Facebook, click here
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To join by phone dial 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 856 9105 4189
Password: 988246

Welcoming Remarks John G. Levi,
Chairman, Board of Directors, Legal Services Corporation; Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

A Conversation with Matthew Desmond
Matthew Desmond and LSC President Ronald S. Flagg will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic might affect eviction rates across the country. Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University where he founded and leads the Eviction Lab. His team has built the first nationwide database of evictions. Desmond authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016).

The Honorable Tom Emmer (MN-06)

A Report From the Field: Evictions During COVID-19
Judge Sergio L. De Leon, Justice of the Peace Court 5, Tarrant County, Texas
Annamarie Johnson, Executive Director, Nevada Legal Services
Edward Josephson, Director of Litigation and Housing, Legal Services NYC
Maria Thomas-Jones, Executive Director, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

Lynn Jennings, Vice President for Grants Management, Legal Services Corporation

Closing Remarks
Father Pius Pietrzyk, Vice Chairman, Legal Services Corporation

AALS Virtual Poverty Law Workshop Announcement

AALS Virtual Poverty Law Workshop

The AALS Section on Poverty Law is sponsoring a Virtual Poverty Law Workshop this summer. We were motivated to organize something in light of the cancelled conferences and travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended to be an informal gathering of mainly legal academics to give meaningful feedback to junior faculty. We have scheduled several presentations throughout the summer and include the list below, but we welcome other scholars to present or comment going forward. We hope to continue this workshop into the academic year.

Schedule (unless otherwise noted, all are scheduled for Thursdays at 2 pm Eastern)

  • June 18: Medha Makhlouf (Penn State Dickinson) with Nicole Huberfeld (Boston University) 
  • June 25: Ariel Jurow Kleiman (San Diego) with Sara Sternberg Greene (Duke)
  • July 9: Michelle Layser (Illinois) with Sara Rankin (Seattle)
  • July 16: ​Yael Cannon (Georgetown) with Wendy Bach (Tennessee)
  • July 27: Etienne Toussaint (UDC) with Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez (New Mexico) ​*Note: Monday at 1 pm Eastern
  • ​August 6: Shayak Sarkar (UC-Davis) with Stephen Lee (UC-Irvine)
  • August 13: Katy Ramsey (Memphis) with Kathryn Sabbeth (UNC)
  • August 20: Jasmine Harris (UC-Davis) with Elizabeth Emens (Columbia)
  • August 25: Jessica Steinberg (GW) with Colleen Shanahan (Columbia) *Note: Tuesday at 2 pm Eastern
  • FALL SEMESTER: Currently, we have commitments from Monica Bell (Yale), Maureen Carroll (Michigan), Kaaryn Gustafson​ (UC-Irvine), Michele Gilman (Baltimore), Francine Lipman (UNLV), Goldburn Maynard (Indiana-Bloomington), Jeffrey Seblin (Berkeley), Karen Tani (Penn), and Noah Zatz (UCLA) for the fall.

If you would like to receive the papers and Zoom information, please email

First Workshop: Our first workshop will be Thursday, June 18th at 2 pm Eastern. Professor Medha Makhlouf (Penn State Dickinson)​​ will present her article, Laboratories of Exclusion: Medicaid, Federalism & Immigrants, which the NYU Law Review will publish later this year. Professor Nicole Huberfeld (Boston University) will comment. A version of the paper is available here:​.

Thank you – Andrew Hammond & Ezra Rosser

Updated ClassCrits CFP / Conference Information

The details are below:

CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION ClassCrits XIII: Unlocking Equality: Revisiting the Intersection of Race and Class

Co-Sponsored by ClassCrits, Inc. & Thurgood Marshall School of Law

November 6-7, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi

The Civil Rights Era of the mid 20th century brought about reforms designed to establish formal legal equality for African Americans and other people of color.  Thanks to what some have called the Second Reconstruction, it is no longer lawful to forcibly segregate children by race in public schools or to discriminate privately on the basis of race in public accommodations, housing, or employment.  However, these reforms have not produced substantive equality for people of color, and in particular for the African American, Latinx and Native American communities.  The wealth and income of these communities are far below that of whites, their poverty and unemployment rates are far above the national average, and they are far underrepresented among college graduates and in professions requiring higher education.  There is still widespread de facto racial and ethnic segregation in schools and residential living patterns.  And people of color are often harassed and brutalized by police and private citizens when engaged in normal human activities.  Even as tentative bipartisan consensus to roll back mass incarceration emerges, the current president has political support for a militarized and racialized anti-immigrant campaign that puts children in cages and bars immigrants and refugees from entering the United States if they hail from so-called “shithole countries.”

For several decades, scholarship in Critical Race Theory and LatCrit Theory has examined the role of ongoing racial discrimination in perpetuating these injustices.  Part of the explanation is the persistence of outright bigotry on the part of many whites.  Despite laws prohibiting it, much private discrimination still occurs, as shown by the thousands of successful complaints of housing and employment bias annually filed with enforcement agencies.  And public officials continue to promote and engage in bigotry for political advantage, as with the Trump Administration’s support of white supremacists and its demonization and mistreatment of immigrants.  Implicit bias is a second factor underlying ongoing racial discrimination.  As research in cognitive psychology has demonstrated, awareness of racial stereotypes negatively affects the perceptions of and behavior toward people of color even among those who claim and may believe themselves to be colorblind.  Finally, structural and institutional racism perpetuate the ongoing discrimination.  Inequalities within and interactions among housing markets, the educational system, labor markets, and the carceral state magnify the effects of conscious and unconscious bias, producing “locked-in inequality.”

A slightly different account is found in the literature on “racial capitalism.”  Inspired by scholars in the Black radical tradition such as W.E.B. DuBois, Cedric Robinson, and Sylvia Wynter, historians and theorists of capitalism have begun to trace the relationship between global capitalism and white supremacy.  From the dispossession of indigenous people in the “New World” to the establishment of Atlantic slavery, through the construction of empires of cotton, sugar, bananas, and other commodities that pulled colonized and racialized peoples around the globe into new supply chains designed to serve the European metropoles, the cheap land and labor produced by white supremacy has been central to the emergence of capitalism.  Indeed, new historical research suggests that capitalist tools and mechanisms—from accounting and management practices to mortgages, the corporate form, and private property itself—are the products of a mindset that has distributed the privileges of “humanity” unequally.  This account refuses the conventional question of “Is it race or class?” and suggests that the two are intimately intertwined.

This backdrop poses several questions.  Is it possible to overcome white supremacy with the existing tools of American law?  Can white supremacy and capitalism be disentangled?  Is it possible, given what DuBois called the “wages of whiteness,” to build a more egalitarian society with minimal wealth and income disparities, high quality education and guaranteed employment for all, and comparable opportunities to seek fulfillment in life?  Despite the enormous power of the moneyed elite, is it possible and what would it take to transform our society from one based on competition, profit, and individual satisfaction to one whose core values are working cooperatively, meeting people’s needs, and fairly sharing what society collectively produces among all its members?              

We invite panel proposals and paper presentations that speak to this year’s theme of Unlocking Equality: Revisiting the Intersection of Race and Class as well as to general ClassCrits themes. See below for details.

In addition, we extend a special invitation to junior scholars (i.e., graduate students, aspiring faculty members, or faculty member with less than two years of experience in a full time position) to submit proposals for works in progress (WIPs). A senior scholar as well as other scholars will comment upon each work in progress in a small, supportive working session. Due to the increasing popularity of our WIPs program, we may need to limit capacity.  We anticipate selecting WIP papers on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholars submitting WIPs who are not selected to workshop their paper will have the opportunity to participate on a regular conference panel.

We invite panel proposals that speak to this year’s theme as well the general ClassCrits themes, including:

  • The legal and cultural project of constructing inequalities of all kinds as natural, normal, and necessary.
  • The relationships among economic, racial, and gender inequality.
  • The development of new methods (including the interdisciplinary study and development of such methods) with which to analyze and criticize economics and law (beyond traditional “law and economics”).
  • The relationship between material systems and institutions and cultural systems and institutions.
  • The concept and reality of class within the international legal community, within international development studies and welfare strategies, and within a “flattening” world of globalized economics and geopolitical relations.

Proposal Submission Procedure and Deadline

Please submit your proposal by email to by August 15, 2020 with the following details:

Individual paper proposals should include a title and short abstract, along with the presenter’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation (if any), and a short speaker bio (1-3 sentences). Individual papers (other than works-in-progress submissions, see below) will be grouped by the conference organizers into panels.

Works-in-progress submissions for junior or emerging scholars seeking individualized presentations and comments) should be clearly identified as “Work-in-Progress” and should similarly include a title, short abstract, name and contact information, and a 1-3 sentence bio identifying their current status as a student or new or aspiring faculty member (see details on previous page).

Panel proposals may use a variety of formats, including traditional paper presentations, roundtables, and audience discussions. Please indicate the format of the proposed panel, and include a proposed panel title, a short description of the overall topic, and a list of confirmed panelists, with contact information.  For panels comprised of individual presentations, please include titles and short summaries of each presentation and a short bio (1-3 sentences) for each panelist or panel organizer.

Logistics & Fees

The venue for the gathering is the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, TX. The conference will begin with continental breakfast on Friday November 6, 2020, and continue through the afternoon of Saturday November 7, 2020. Arrangements are being made for conference hotels. 

For updates, check, where you can also sign up as a ClassCrits member to be on our contact list and to post a profile that will build our network and showcase your work.  Associate membership is free; full membership dues are $25 for 2020 (includes ClassCrits, Inc. voting rights and 2020 conference discount).

The registration fee is $215.00 for accepted presenters who are full-time faculty members; ClassCrits members get a discounted registration fee of $200.   Registration is free for students and activists. Participants who do not fit into these categories, and/or who for individual reasons cannot afford the registration fee, should contact us at Workshop attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Who we are

Twelve years ago, a group of scholar-activists organized a series of conversations about law and economic class.  Building on “outsider” jurisprudence that has moved inequalities of race, gender, and sexuality from the margins to the center of law, the group proposed a jurisprudence of economic inequality. To foreground economic justice, the group sought to critique mainstream law and economics and to focus on the lives of poor and working-class people.

Rejecting the neoliberal ideology of scarcity, and reclaiming the possibilities presented by the commons and by collective action, ClassCrits was born.  Our name “ClassCrits” reflects our ties to critical legal analysis and our goal of addressing economic class in the multiple intersecting forms of subordination. We confront the roots of economic inequality in divisions such as race and gender and in legal and economic systems destructive to the well-being of humanity and the planet.

  • ClassCrits Conference Planning Committee
  • Antonia Eliason, University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Tiffany Graham, University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Victoria Haneman, Creighton University School of Law
  • Angela Harris, U.C. Davis School of Law & U.C. Davis Center for Poverty Research
  • Danielle Kie Hart, Southwestern Law School
  • Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Thomas Kleven, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Martha McCluskey, University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Athena Mutua, University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Carla Spivak, Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • René Reich-Graefe, Western New England University School of Law
  • Lua Kamal Yuille, University of Kansas School of Law
  • ClassCrits, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Victoria Haneman, Creighton University School of Law
  • Angela Harris, U.C. Davis School of Law & U.C. Davis Center for Poverty Research
  • Danielle Kie Hart, Southwestern Law School
  • Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Thomas Kleven, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Martha McCluskey, University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Athena Mutua, University at Buffalo School of Law
  • René Reich-Graefe, Western New England University School of Law
  • Lua Kamal Yuille, University of Kansas School of Law

Upcoming Virtual Conference: Inequality of Wealth, Race, and Class; Equality of Opportunity

Upcoming Virtual Conference: Inequality of Wealth, Race, and Class; Equality of Opportunity, Univ. of St. Thomas J. L. & Pub. Pol’y Spring Symposium, Friday, March 27, 2020, 8am-5pm.

This symposium will be hosted entirely online. Visit on March 27 to watch the following speaker panels.

Housing Panel: 9:30 -11 am
Tax Panel: 11am -12:30pm
Lunch Break: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Social Mobility: 1:30 – 3pm
Poverty: Urban and Rural: 3 – 4:30pm

Call-for-Papers: Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy

WCL_HLP_logoThe Health Law and Policy Program at American University Washington College of Law, in partnership with ChangeLab Solutions, LLC, is soliciting proposals for presentations and discussions on the topic of “Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy.”

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words for a 15-minute conference presentation by a single presenter or a 1-hour conference discussion featuring up to four discussion leaders. Proposed presenters may submit abstracts for both formats for consideration by conference organizers. Proposals will be accepted through April 13, 2020. Conference organizers will contact presenters no later than May 2020 to invite them to speak at the conference to be held October 1-2, 2020 in Washington, DC. ChangeLab Solutions is pleased to cover train or airfare and accommodations in our partner hotel for presenters traveling from outside the Washington metro area. Following the conference, presenters will be invited to submit proposals for articles and commentaries to be published in a symposium issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics in 2021. Submissions should be completed online at For more information, or to email a submission rather than completing the Google form, please send an email to with “Health Justice Conference” in the subject line.

“Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy” will foster theory, practice, and action on health justice. Our focus is on applying critical perspectives—including critical race theory, Lat Crit, ClassCrit, black feminist theory, feminist legal theory, queer theory, critical disability studies, and more—to the most pressing challenges in health law and policy. We have a big-tent vision of health law and policy, encompassing public health, health care, bioethics, and global health. We aim to encourage health law and policy scholars, advocates, workers, and justice movement activists to engage more deeply with critical perspectives. We also hope to encourage scholars, advocates, workers, and activists from various critical perspectives who have not previously engaged in the health law and policy sphere to do so as part of this project. To promote an evidence-based and policy-engaged discussion, we welcome submissions from health scientists and social scientists, in addition to our core community of legal scholars and advocates.

We welcome the submission of an accompanying Statement Regarding Diversity indicating how the proposed presenter would bring diversity to the conference and journal issue relative to the historical profile of legal academic conference presenters and JLME authors, including with respect to disciplinary perspective (e.g., racial and ethnic studies, gender studies, law, public policy, nursing, medicine, epidemiology, ethics, sociology, economics), the race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual identity, or sexual orientation of the proposed presenter, the presenter’s work experience (e.g., academic, community organizer, social justice advocate, or health care worker), the extent to which the presenter works within community and social justice movements, or any other factor that the presenter would like to bring to the conference organizers’ attention. These statements will accompany anonymized submissions for consideration by the conference organizers.


The Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy steering committee includes Brian C. Castrucci, Brietta Clark, Sarah de Guia, Gregg Gonsalves, Angela Harris, Nan Hunter, Dayna Bowen Matthew, Seema Mohapatra, Jamila Taylor, Lindsay Wiley, and Ruqaiijah Yearby.

UC-Berkeley Poverty Conference Program

The 2020 Poverty Law Conference program and link to registration (which is free), UC-Berkeley Law, Apr. 10-11, 2020, is available here.

Conference and Call-for-Papers: 2020 SALT Teaching Conference

Conference and Call-for-Papers: 2020 SALT Teaching Conference: Social Justice in Action, Sept. 25-26, 2020, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Call can be found here. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2020.

Upcoming conference: Racial Bias, Disparities and Oppression in the 1L Curriculum: A Critical Approach to the Canonical First Year Law School Subjects

Upcoming conference: Racial Bias, Disparities and Oppression in the 1L Curriculum: A Critical Approach to the Canonical First Year Law School Subjects, February 28-29, 2020
Boston University School of Law.

Call For Papers: 2020 Law and Development Conference: “Law and Development in High Income Countries”

06 Nov 2020, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany

The Law and Development Institute ( and Bucerius Law School will co-host the 2020 Law and Development Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Economic development is the term that has been associated with less developed countries in the Third World (“developing countries”), not the economically advanced countries (“developed countries”). However, development problems in high income countries are not less important. Changing economic conditions in recent decades caused stagnating wages and widening economic gaps among individual citizens and regions within developed countries. Stagnant economic growth deepening economic polarization and institutional incapacity to deal with these issues can be observed in several rich countries. Private law, public law, and institutions in general play a crucial role in addressing these problems. The conference addresses law and development issues relevant to high income countries on the following sub-topics.

– Poverty and Inequality in High Income Countries and the Role of Law

– Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Growth and Stability in High Income Countries

– The Role of State and Development in Industrialized Countries

– International Trade, WTO and Substitute Institutions

We ask all interested speakers to submit one-page paper abstracts by January 31, 2020. (Please indicate the relevant sub-topic in your submission.) We expect abstracts, papers, and presentations in English language.


Abstract Submission: January 31, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: February 28, 2020

Final Selection of Speakers: March 15, 2020

Full Papers Due: September 15, 2020

Please note that all conference papers will be uploaded on the conference website and will be accessible by the general public (with the attachment of appropriate copyright notice).

Selected papers will be published in Law and Development Review Special Issue in 2021.

All speakers and participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements during the conference.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: Please submit your abstract and conference inquiries to Law and Development Institute (Professor Y.S. Lee) by email at