Category: Conferences


Reparations Conference at TJSL

I’m happy to announce an upcoming conference in which I will be a participant. On March 17th and 18th, the conference Taking Reparations Seriously will be held at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The conference includes a number of exciting speakers (including former Co-Op guest-blogger Al Brophy).

Information on the conference is as follows:

Taking Reparations Seriously

Friday, March 17th, 2006 2:00 – 5:00 PM Room 200 (reception to follow)

Saturday March 18th, 2006 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

More detailed scheduling information is available online at

This conference will bring together experts from around the country to discuss the many issues arising from the debate over reparations for slavery. Conference speakers will discuss slavery and reparations as well as other instances of mass injustice, and how these mass offenses relate to broader themes such as justice, causation, group responsibility, moral culpability, racism, and forgiveness. From “reparations talk” to reparations reality, we invite you to join us as we focus on taking reparations (more) seriously.

This conference will include three panels:

Why Reparations Matter

Jack Greenberg, Columbia Law School

Roy L. Brooks, University of San Diego School of Law

Robert Westley, Tulane Law School

Kaimipono David Wenger, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Theorizing Reparations

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District

Alfred. L. Brophy, University of Alabama School of Law

Margaret Chon, Seattle University School of Law

Eric J. Miller, St. Louis University School of Law

Perspectives on Reparations

Paul Finkelman, University of Tulsa College of Law

Rebecca Anita Tsosie, Arizona State University College of Law

Linda M. Keller, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

K.J. Greene, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

The conference will be supported in part by the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and the Center for Global Legal Studies. Portions of the conference proceedings will be available in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review.

Registration is available online at .

If anyone has any questions about the conference, feel free to ask me through e-mail or in comments.


Orly Lobel at TJ

lobelo.jpg I just had the pleasure of listening to Orly Lobel’s talk here at TJ, “Sleeping with the Enemy or Effective Public Management?: Government/Industry Cooperation for Promoting Workers’ Rights.” Her talk was loosely based on her forthcoming article in the Administrative Law Review, Interlocking Regulatory and Industrial Relations, The Governance of Workplace Safety.

Orly presented three major ideas: First, that a diversification in the forms of safety regulation could increase the effectiveness and legitimacy of governance; second, that principles needed to be developed for evaluating the effectiveness of shifts away from command and control; and third, that legal boundaries between labor and adminitrative law regimes have important effects on the ability to implement new types of governance. For examples of how these ideas work in real life, she discussed regulatory reforms in Maine, as well as a nationwide, voluntary safety certification program. Orly is an engaging speaker, and I found her presentation — on a topic about which I know next-to-nothing — to be interesting and informative. And I’ve made a mental note to keep an eye on her scholarship, which is a fun mix of empirical work and theoretical discussion.


Some guys have all the luck

Gordon Smith discusses an upcoming conference in cultural studies, to focus on:

tabloidization and the neutralization of the political; the personal as political; hypocritical Puritanism; the defense by offense; vast right wing conspiracies; “outing” as a political tactic; scandal amnesia; “spin” and tactical framing; true evil beneath the compassionate, Christian front; why nothing makes a difference; left tactics and despair; the politics of denial and shame; business secrecy vs. personal secrecy; liberal vs. conservative secret lives; sexual dysfunction in conservatives; Laura Bush’s private life; scholarly muckraking and shockjocking.

Alas, I won’t be able to attend this one. (Professional commitments interfere). And to make things worse, I doubt that I’ll be able to hold a similar conference here. I keep telling the faculty that it’s time to hold a symposium on vast right wing conspiracies, conservative sexual dysfunction, and Laura Bush’s private life. Alas, so far they keep telling me that they prefer to hold conferences about IP and international law.