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National ClassCrits XII Conference Explores the Law and Economic Inequality

Published: May 01, 2020 | Categories: All News, Law
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Last winter, the School of Law hosted the ClassCrits XII Conference entitled "Facing Our Challenges: Rescuing Democracy, Ensuring Wellbeing & Exorcizing the Politics of Fear (Or: How To Be Free)" at the Blake Law Center. ClassCrits is a national network focused on the critical analysis of law and economic inequality.

The event drew more than 90 faculty, students, attorneys, and friends from all over the country who engaged in lively conversation about law, democracy, and political economy, with topics including (among others) family policy, financial regulation, trust and estates, utopia and dystopia, constitutional law, environment and climate, urban development, consumer and contract law, taxation, legal education, fiscal policy, labor and employment, technology policy, and civil procedure.

Highlights included a keynote address by Rachel Meeropol, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who spoke about tying civil liberties litigation to social movements, and also a keynote presentation by Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud L'08, who discussed her recent Congressional campaign creating connection and hope across the diverse constituencies. Further highlighting the theme of sustaining wellbeing in a time of fear were WNE law students, alumni, and faculty leaders of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which provides support for youth and families targeted for persecution and retaliation in their work for peace, the environment, and social justice.