Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference 2016

"Confronting the Violence of Our Times" 

hosted by Touro Law Center and Ron Brown Center of SJU Law 

We live in a moment of extreme violence. Violence has always been present in this country and in American culture but at this moment, violence pervades the national dialogue and the lived experience of people of color. The publicity around the death of black men at the hands of the police has raised public awareness but it has also emboldened others such as white supremacists who opened fire in Minneapolis on a Black Lives Matter protest. The attack by religious extremists in the Colorado Springs planned parenthood clinic, the mass murders at the San Bernadino Inland Center, the extremist rhetoric advocating a return to exclusionary policies reminiscent of the mid-19th century, the sexual assault on black women by police, the extortion of money from immigrants in minority communities, and the escalation of violence on a global scale all mark this moment in history as one of the most regressive and violent in recent memory.
As members of the legal academy, what should our response be to this violence that permeates national and international communities and societies? What scholarship and concrete action can we pursue that will address the root causes of racial, ethnic and sexual violence? What collaborations and coalitions are necessary or possible? In our role as teachers, how do we address the violent, racist, nativist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have surfaced in public discourse and on our campuses? Can and should these issues be raised in “core” courses?
Below are the logistical details, panel descriptions, a call for panel presentations and WIPs, a call for award nominations and important deadlines. Conference registration link will be distributed shortly.
If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Post at or Elaine Chiu at

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Travel Information
The events on Friday, May 20th and on Sunday, May 22nd will take place at Touro Law Center, 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip, New York 11722. The events on Saturday, May 21st will take place at the Oakdale campus of St. John’s University located at 500 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769.
Touro Law Center is located approximately one hour by commuter train from Manhattan (disembark at the Central Islip station of the Long Island Railroad or LIRR). There is a free shuttle service between LIRR Central Islip Station and the Touro Law Center on Friday.
Touro Law Center and the Oakdale campus of St. John’s are also easily accessible by car from Nassau and Suffolk counties, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Free parking is available in school-owned lots for all students and visitors.
The closest airport is MacArthur Airport which is serviced by American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The next closest airports are John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
Directions to:
Hotel Information
Discounted rooms for $133.00 plus taxes and fees per night have been arranged at the Marriott Residence Inn Long Island Islip / Court Complex, 7 Court House Drive, Central Islip, NY 11722. The hotel is a 10 to 15 minute walk or a short shuttle ride to Touro Law Center.
There are a limited number of discounted rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the discount rate for a studio with living room and kitchen should make a reservation as soon as possible. The “season” on Long Island begins in May. Reservations must be made no later than April 20, 2016.
   Phone numbers for reservations are 631-231-0025
   Discount Code: NPC
Conference Registration Fee
Two Day registration fees are as follows:
$175 Two Day early bird fee if registration form and payment are received by April 20, 2016.
$225 Two Day regular fee if registration form and payment are received by May 11, 2016.
$275 Two Day late registration if registration and payment are received after May 11, 2016.
One Day registration fees are as follows:
$100 One Day early bird fee if registration form and payment are received by April 20, 2016.
$125 One Day regular fee if registration form and payment are received by May 11, 2016.
$150 One Day late registration if registration and payment are received after May 11, 2016.
The registration fee will cover the following food, drink and events. This plan is subject to change.
Friday morning continental breakfast
Friday lunch
Friday coffee & snack break
Saturday morning continental breakfast
Saturday lunch
Saturday coffee & snack break
Call For Panelists
If you are interested in being a panelist on any of the following panels or if you are interested in proposing an entire panel relating to Confronting The Violence of Our Times: The Role of the Legal Academy that is not described below, please feel free to submit 2-3 page summary of your planned remarks and/or group proposal to Deborah Post at by February 29, 2016.
The panels which have been planned are:
Policing Black Lives and the Black Lives Matter Movement
Campus Battles: The Micro Politics of Micro Aggressions
The Past and Present: Struggles for Racial Equality on Campus
Media and the Law’s Response to Saturated Stereotypes and Biased Reporting
Neoliberalism in the Academy: Faculty Governance, Downsizing and Diversity
Rearing Their Ugly Heads: Xenophobia and Nativism in the 21st Century
Call for Professional Development Workshops
NEPOC supports and nurtures the careers of law professors at every stage. If you are interested in proposing and leading a professional development workshop, please email Elaine Chiu at by March 15, 2016.
Call for Works in Progress
Works in progress are 45 minute sessions where authors receive feedback on their writing projects in a safe and supportive setting. Each author will be assigned a specific commentator but will also receive feedback from others present at their session as well.
NOTE: The topic of the work in progress can be about any topic and does not have to relate to the conference theme.
If you are interested in presenting a work in progress, please submit a 1 to 2 page abstract and/or a draft to Cynara Hermes McQuillan at by March 15, 2016.
If you are interested in serving as a Lead Commentator for a work in progress, please also email Cynara Hermes McQuillan at by March 15, 2016 and state your areas of expertise.
Please note that each conference attendee will be assigned to attend works in progress sessions and provide feedback. We have found that this model of participation leads to a more enriching and supportive environment for those who are hoping to get specific comments on papers. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Call for Haywood Burns-Shanara Gilbert Award Nominations
Each year NEPOC recognizes the achievements of outstanding teachers-scholars-activists of color in the legal academy. Last year’s awardees were Deborah Archer and Bennett Capers.
Please submit a nomination along with a brief supporting statement to Elaine Chiu at by February 29, 2016.