The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize, which honors the work of UI students and the lifetime work of Professor Burns H. Weston of the College of Law.
View a video of The Honorable Mary Tabor, ’91 by clicking on the link below.
For better than two decades now, Critical Race Theory scholars have studied the role race plays in American law, but have focused mostly on developing abstract theory and not on gathering data.
At the same time, scholars in the social sciences have gathered reams of data to measure and analyze the way that race impacts everyday life, but have done so without looking to see what’s happening in Critical Race Theory.
A conference at the University of Iowa College of Law later this month hopes to more properly introduce the two fields to each other.
“Our hope is to build bridges between not only these two methods and theories, but also the communities of scholars working in this area,” says Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Professor of Law and organizer of the conference that will be held April 26 and 27 in the Boyd Law Building. Two panel discussions will be open to the public on Friday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in room 245 of the Boyd Law Building.
Critical Race Theory was developed as a way to examine how race and America’s racial history influences the country’s laws and legal systems. Although racial injustice bred through centuries of slavery and segregation were common, Onwuachi-Willig says there was little discussion until the 1980s of its effects on the legal system.
Since then, the theory has had a significant impact in the legal and political realm, as seen in numerous laws, legal arguments and court decisions regarding employment, discrimination, immigration, voting rights, and even tax law. Onwuachi-Willig hopes the conference will inspire scholars to engage in more empirical research to further strengthen the field’s work in the legal and political realm, and encourage social science scholars to use critical race theory as part of their framework.
Friday’s first panel will address how race and implicit bias affect the law of self-defense and the Fourth Amendment’s stop and frisk doctrine; juries in trials involving tort claims, and judicial decision-making under the U.S. Supreme Court’s newly fashioned pleading standard.
The second panel focuses on issues concerning race and identity by challenging typical notions of race and examining the usefulness of surveys in measuring racial inequality.
The University of Iowa Alumni Association will host a “Second Amendment and Mental Health Issues Discussion,” featuring Todd Pettys, College of Law Associate Dean for Faculty and the H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation, and James Potash, Head of Psychiatry and the Paul W. Penningroth Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on April 24.
Matthew Enriquez, ’15, was awarded the Katherine Finn Milleman Memorial Scholarship at the Women in Law Conference on April 12.
The Katherine Finn Milleman Memorial Lecture was presented by UI Tippie College of Business and COL affiliated faculty member, Professor Nancy Hauserman, ’76.
The Belle Babbs Mansfield Women in Law Conference discussed, “Having it All: Modern Career-Work Life Balance.” The panelists included L. Song Richardson, UI Professor of Law; Cathy Pugh, Development Director, United Action for Youth; Felicia Bertin Rocha, ’99, Attorney, Bertin Rocha Law Firm; Mindy Olson, ’05, Paulson Electric; and Elisabeth Reynoldson, ’92, Iowa Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Division.
Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart and world-renowned economist Allan Meltzer discussed the Federal Reserve’s recent monetary policy in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007-08 and competing ideas about how to handle America’s national debt at a conference at the University of Iowa on April 13.
The conference, “Fiscal Reform, Monetization, or Default: How Will the United States Solve the Problem of its National Debt?” also featured speakers Steven Schwarcz of Duke University, who has been a leading voice on systemic risk in the financial system, and Charles Himmelberg, who is head of Global Credit Strategy at Goldman Sachs. http://now.uiowa.edu/2013/03/atlanta-fed-president-speak-us-monetary-policy-conference-ui
Read press from the conference:
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller stops at UI Law School, talks bipartisanship (Daily Iowan, April 10, 2013)
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, members of his staff, and former Maine Attorney General James Tierney spoke to UI law students about the role and power of state attorneys general.
Iowa professor helps explain new financing options for costly divorces (The Gazette, April 12, 2013)
Professor Maya Steinitz helps explain new financing options for costly divorces in The Gazette.
Professor Maya Steinitz is quoted in a Reuters article about divorce financing.
Courtney Thomas-Dusing, ’14, comments on the effect of tax refund delays.