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2012 Race and the Law Symposium



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Friday, March 30, 2012

Registration –11:30 AM

Luncheon Panel Discussion—12 PM- 2 PM

 This program has been approved by the MCLE Board for 1.5 hours of credit.

Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson Street, Kasbeer Hall- 15th Floor

To RSVP, e-mail raceandlaw@luc.edu

Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s annual Race and Law Symposium is designed to bring awareness to legal issues that affect minority communities.  This year’s program will feature three dynamic speakers who will explore how traditional laws have established a system that benefits mostly the heterosexual family with children.  Specifically, the panelists will discuss the implications that arise from the legal system’s slow response to accommodate changing family structures beyond the prescribed model, and why the law may adversely affect changing families in areas such as child and family welfare, federal income tax,  immigration, and the criminal justice system.

Professor Dorothy Roberts , Northwestern University School of Law 
Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology (by courtesy) and as faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. She has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare.  She is the author of the award-winning Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (1997) and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (2002) and more than 70 articles in scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review, as well as co-editor of six casebooks and anthologies on gender and constitutional law.  Among her service to many social justice organizations, she serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, and as a board member of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform.

Professor Samuel Brunson, Loyola University Chicago School of Law 
Samuel Brunson joined the Loyola faculty in 2009. Prior to joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Brunson practiced law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and clerked for the Honorable George W. Miller on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Professor Brunson teaches Federal Income Tax and International Tax. He received his law degree in 2004 from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for all three years. He also was an editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law.

In addition to the publications that Professor Brunson has written on the taxation of investments and investors, he has also focused his work on the tax implications for non-traditional family structures. Most recently, he completed an article entitled “Taxing Polygamy: Married Filing Jointly (and Severally?)” where he examines how the tax system could appropriately tax polygamous spouses. His article ultimately suggests a need for certain changes to the current tax system that would recognize the flow of property and services in altruistic relationships and would provide a better tax system that would be fair to taxpayers whether the taxpayers were unmarried, in a dyadic marriage, or in a polygamous marriage.

Ms. Dagmara Lopez, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 
A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, Dagmara Lopez is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Illinois Deportation Family Support Hotline.  Her work with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) has also included community organizing projects such as ICIRR’s DREAM Team (youth organizing group), and New Americans Democracy Project,which promoted civic participation and get-out-the vote efforts in Illinois.  She also supervised phone bank efforts with the Illinois Immigrant Action's Campaign to Reform Immigration for America that focused on generating contacts with members of Congress around immigration reform.

Professor Sacha Coupet, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Sacha Coupet has been a member of the Loyola law faculty since 2004. She received her PhD in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Michigan where she served as a psychological consultant to the Michigan Child Welfare Law Resource Center, the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, county juvenile court and state human service departments. While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she continued her psychological practice, consulting with both the Consortium Children's Growth and Development Program and Children's Service Incorporated, treatment agencies serving at-risk children in Philadelphia. After serving as a judicial clerk for a couple of years, she went on to become a Dean's Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School, where she taught for two years in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic. Professor Coupet's research focuses on policy and practice issues in child and family welfare, particularly kinship care. Her approach aims to incorporate empirical inquiry into legal discourse with a particular emphasis on the use of social science research in the development of law and policy.

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