June 28, 2013: National Briefing

The Future of Equality After the Supreme Court 2012 Term: What's Left?




The Supreme Court's decisions this week have thrown the future of affirmative action into question and gutted the key provision of the Voting Rights Act.  At the same time, the Court promised equal treatment to millions of gay couples throughout the nation. Together these cases mark staggering terrain shifts in the Civil Rights Movement. What these shifts portend for the future of social justice remains uncertain.

Friday June 28th at 12 PM eastern/ 9 AM pacific please join leading critical race scholars, journalists, and thought leaders for a national conference call to discuss the future of  Civil Rights in light of this weeks' Supreme Court decisions.  Our conversation will cover:

  • What really happened?
  • Is this a Game Changer or Door Closer?
  • If Marriage Equality is the Civil Rights issue of our time, is Racial Justice Yesterday's News?
  • What are the challenges/possibilities for Coalition now?
  • Is the strategy moving forward legal, political, or social?

Space is limited.  Please click here to RSVP.

Our featured speakers include:

Paul Butler

Professor of law at Georgetown Law Center

Sumi Cho

Professor of law at De Paul University

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum and professor of law at UCLA School of Law and  Columbia Law School

Ian Haney-Lopez

Professor of law at Berkeley Law School

Cheryl Harris

Professor of law at UCLA School of Law

Luke Harris

Program Director of the African American Policy Forum and professor of American Politics and Constitutional Law at Vassar College

Tanya K. Hernandez

Professor of law at Fordham University School of Law and author of "Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law and the New Civil Rights Response"

Janine Jackson

Program director at the media watch group FAIR


Hosted by the Affirmative Action Research and Policy Consortium and in affiliation with the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law and the Center for Intersectionality & Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School.

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law.  Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw has lectured widely on race matters, addressing audiences across the country as well as in Europe, India, Africa and South America. A specialist on race and gender equality, she has facilitated workshops for human rights activists in Brazil and in India, and for constitutional court judges in South Africa. Her groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution. Crenshaw authored the background paper on Race and Gender Discrimination for the United Nation’s World Conference on Racism, served as the Rapporteur for the conference’s Expert Group on Gender and Race Discrimination, and coordinated NGO efforts to ensure the inclusion of gender in the WCAR Conference Declaration.

Crenshaw has worked extensively on a variety of issues pertaining to gender and race in the domestic arena including violence against women, structural racial inequality, and affirmative action.  She has served as a member of the National Science Foundation’s committee to research violence against women and has consulted with leading foundations, social justice organizations and corporations to advance their race and gender equity initiatives.

In 1996, she co-founded the African American Policy Forum to house a variety of projects designed to deliver research-based strategies to better advance social inclusion.  Among the Forum’s projects are the Affirmative Action Research and Policy Consortium and the Multiracial Literacy and Leadership Initiative.  In partnership with the Aspen Roundtable for Community Change, Crenshaw facilitated workshops on racial equity for hundreds of community leaders and organizations throughout the country.  With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, Crenshaw facilitates the Bellagio Project, an international network of scholars working in the field of social inclusion from five continents. Previously, she has served as Committee Chair for the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Promote Racial and Ethnic Equality, an initiative of the U.S. State Department. A founding member of the Women’s Media Initiative, Crenshaw writes for Ms. Magazine, the Nation and other print media, and has appeared as a regular commentator on “The Tavis Smiley Show,” NPR, and MSNBC.

Twice awarded Professor of the Year at UCLA Law School, Crenshaw received the Lucy Terry Prince Unsung Heroine Award presented by the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, and the ACLU Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellowship from 2005-07.  Crenshaw has received the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Latin America, the Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2009 and a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010.  Crenshaw has previously served as the Faculty Director of the Critical Race Studies program at UCLA School of Law.  Crenshaw currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Intersectionality & Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School.