Law school to present 'Women and the Law'

On Friday, March 8, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review will host its 103rd Annual Symposium. This year's symposium titled, "Women and the Law," coincides with International Women's Day and focuses on past and present issues related to women and the law. Topics include education, employment, gender discrimination, and the #MeToo movement. The symposium begins at 9 a.m. in room 226 at Detroit Mercy Law.

Jamie R. Abrams serves as the keynote speaker. Abrams is a professor and associate dean at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where she has published the articles: "The #MeToo Movement: A Feminist Invitation to Critique the Crisis Framing of Sexual Assault Responses" (University of Richmond Law Review), "The Polarization of Reproductive and Parental Decision-Making" (Florida State Law Review), and most recently, "The Legal Fracking of Immigrant Families" (forthcoming Harvard Law and Policy Review).

The symposium includes panel discussions comprised of scholars and legal professionals from across the country to highlight and discuss the history, issues, as well as the future of women and the law. Speakers include:

- Michèle Alexandre (Associate Dean and Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law)

- Renee Allen (Professor, University of Tennessee Law School)

- Catherine Archibald (Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)

- Francine Banner (Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn)

- Roxana Bell (Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)

- Louis Cholden-Brown (Director of Policy, New York City Council)

- John Cogan (Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law)

- Rachel Van Cleave (Professor and Former Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law)

- Wenwen Ding (Doctor of Juridical Science candidate, University of Virginia Law School)

- Elizabeth Donovan (Professor, Ava Maria School of Law)

- DeShaun Harris (Professor, University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law)

- Wendy Hess (Professor, University of South Dakota School of Law)

- Alicia Jackson (Associate Dean, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University)

- Jessica Knouse (Professor, University of Toledo College of Law)

- Carole Petersen (Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

- Kirsten Silwanowicz (Assistant General Counsel, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation)

- Pamela Wilkins (Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)

"We are so excited to be able to present this timely and important topic, especially on International Women's Day," said Samantha Buck, director of the symposium."We are also thrilled to be able to honor Judge Denise Langford Morris with a portrait that will hang in our halls and serve as an inspiration to current and future students."

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at

Published: Tue, Feb 12, 2019