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Friday, April 03, 2009

Greetings from the Critical Race Theory 20th Anniversary Conference

Thank you to Dan and to Prawfsblawg for inviting me to guest blog this month.  I am an Assistant Professor of Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law where I've been teaching since August 2006.  I will soon be joining Hofstra University School of Law this coming September as an Associate Professor.  I am looking forward to blogging this month about my teaching and writing interests in property, immigration, citizenship and identity.

I am currently blogging from the University of Iowa College of Law where I'm attending the 20th anniversary of the first critical race theory workshop (CRT 20).  The first workshop, which took place in 1989 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was organized by Kimberle Crenshaw (Columbia and UCLA), Stephanie Phillips (Buffalo) and Neil Gotanda (Western State).  As an intellectual movement influenced by, among other things, critical legal studies and legal realism, CRT has helped to unveil the historical and ongoing role of law in constructing race.  With the support of our institutions, Angela Onwuachi-Willig (Iowa) [our fearless chair], Mario Barnes (Miami), Jennifer Chacon (UC Davis), Kaaryn Gustafson (Connecticut), Melissa Murray (UC Berkeley), Camille Nelson (St. Louis visiting at Wash.U), Catherine Smith (Denver), and I worked together to bring as many scholars from the first workshop to CRT 20.  We also invited other scholars whose scholarship (both theoretical and practical) played an important role in the development of this theoretical movement. CRT 20's overall goal is to celebrate the contributions of CRT to our understanding of the law and explore its future in our "post-racial" world. To get more information about CRT 20, click here.

UPDATE:  The CRT 20 speakers and audience erupted in a cheer after hearing about the Iowa Supreme Court's opinion that the state statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the Iowa Constitution.

Rose Cuison Villazor

Posted by Rose Cuison Villazor on April 3, 2009 at 02:49 AM | Permalink

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