2019 Symposium

Women and the Law

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review will hold its annual academic Symposium on March 8, 2019, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  This year’s Symposium will feature discussions on prominent women’s issues in the law.  Topics include education, employment, gender discrimination, reproductive rights, and the #MeToo movement.  

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Schedule of Events

9:00 AM Opening Remarks

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker, Dean of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Jewel Haji, Editor-in-Chief
Samatha Buck, Symposium?Director
9:30 AMPanel I. Education and Legislation

The Pink Ghetto Pipeline: Challenges & Opportunities for Women in Legal Education 
Alicia Jackson 
Associate Dean, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Renee Nicole Allen
Professor, University of Tennessee Law School
DeShun Harris 
Professor, University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Commentary and Rewriting of Etsitty v. Utah Transit Authority
Catherine Archibald 
Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Pamela Wilkins 
Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Direct Democracy and the Reproductive Rights Charter
Louis Cholden-Brown 
Director of Policy, New York City Council

Moderator: Assoc. Professor Kyle Langvardt, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law?
10:45 AM Panel II. The #MeToo Movement

Sexual Harassment  Law after #MeToo: A Comparative Survey
Wenwen Ding 
Doctor of Juridical Science candidate, University of Virginia Law School

Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession
Wendy Hess
Professor, University of South Dakota School of Law

Sudden Kisses in the #MeToo Era: When A Kiss is Not ‘Just A Kiss’ Under Italian Sexual Violence Law 
Rachel Van Cleave 
Professor and Former Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law

(En)Gendering Complicity
Francine Banner 
Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Moderator: Assoc. Professor Karen Henning, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law?
12:30 PM Keynote Address

From “Remember the Alamo” to “I Stand with Planned Parenthood”
Jamie R. Abrams
Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

Moderator: Danil Vishniakov, Executive Editor of Inside Articles?
1:45 PMPanel III. My Body: The Right to Body Integrity

The Meaning of Sex: The Case for Exclusive Judicial Interpretive Power in the Sex Discrimination Context
Michèle Alexandre 
Associate Dean and Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law

The Rebirth of Gender Rating in Health Insurance
John Cogan 
Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law

Reproductive Autonomy and “Discriminatory” Abortions
Carole Petersen 
Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Reproductive Choice and Identity Construction 
Jessica Knouse 
Professor, University of Toledo College of Law

Moderator: Assoc. Professor Julia Belian, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
3:30 PM Panel IV. Sexual Exploitation, Discrimination and the Battle for Equality

Women’s Rights in the Workforce: The Struggle is STILL Real 
Kirsten Silwanowicz 
Assistant General Counsel, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation

The Eye of the Employer: ‘Misperception Discrimination’ and Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims Under Title VII
Roxana Bell 
Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Internet Service Providers and Sex Trafficking: The Case for FOSTA-SESTA
Elizabeth Donovan 
Professor, Ava Maria School of Law

Moderator: Tanya Lundberg, Assistant Dean, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
4:45 PMClosing Remarks
5:00 PM Cocktail Reception?
5:30 PM Portrait Unveiling for Judge Denise Langford Morris
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