Winter 2014 Symposium:
“The Civil Rights Act at Fifty”
In conjunction with the Stanford Law Review 

January 24-25, 2014
Stanford Law School


Friday,  January 24th

5:00 p.m.
The History of the Civil Rights Act
Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
William B. Gould IV, Stanford Law School
George Rutherglen, University of Virginia School of Law
Moderator: Ralph Richard Banks, Stanford Law School

6:30 p.m.
Eva Paterson, Equal Justice Society

Saturday,  January 25th

9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.
The State of Title VII
Charlotte Alexander, Georgia State University College of Law
Zev Eigen, Northwestern University School of Law
Tristin Green, University of San Francisco School of Law
Camille Gear Rich, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Moderator: Norman Spaulding, Stanford Law School

10:45 a.m.
Civil Rights: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
Mary Anne Case, University of Chicago Law School
Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Greg Nevins, Lambda Legal
Moderator: Deborah Rhode, Stanford Law School

12:00 noon
Lunch: How to Litigate the Civil Rights Act
Liza Cristol-Deman, Brancart & Brancart
John Relman, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC

1:30 p.m.
What Rights?
Sam Bagenstos, University of Michigan Law School
Richard Epstein, New York University School of Law
Richard Ford, Stanford Law School
Moderator: Mark Kelman, Stanford Law School

2:45 p.m.
The Changing Tides of the Enforcement of the Civil Rights Act
Olatunde Johnson, Columbia Law School
Sandra Sperino, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Suja Thomas, University of Illinois College of Law
Moderator: David Freeman Engstrom, Stanford Law School

4:00 p.m.
Closing Reception

Fall 2012 Symposium:
“Civil Rights and the Roberts Court”

October 27, 2012
Stanford Law School

CRCL's Fall 2012 Symposium addressed the Roberts Court’s civil rights and civil liberties jurisprudence, with a specific focus on cases from the 2011 and 2012 terms, including Miller v. Alabama (life without parole for juvenile offenders), Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC (employment discrimination claims against religious employers), and Fisher v. University of Texas (affirmative action in higher education). This symposium aimed to identify the ideological and political themes that animate the Court’s decisions and explore their practical implications.



10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.            Panel on Fisher v. University of Texas oral argument and the 2012 term

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.              Keynote lunch

1:00 p.m.-2:20 p.m.                Panel on employment discrimination claims post-Hosanna-Tabor

2:20 p.m.-2:45 p.m.                Coffee break

2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.                Panel on mandatory sentencing for juveniles under Miller v. Alabama



  • Bret Asbury (Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University)
  • Beth Colgan (Stanford Law School)
  • Constance de la Vega (University of San Francisco Law School)
  • Matthew Golde (Assistant District Attorney, Head of Alameda County Juvenile Division)
  • Jessica Waters (American University Washington College of Law)