CFP – Setting the Agenda: Examining the Critical Legal Issues Facing African-Americans and Minority Communities in the 2008 Election

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From the FLP mailbox:  

The Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy‘s 2007 Symposium is entitled “Setting the Agenda: Examining the Critical Legal Issues Facing African-Americans and Minority Communities in the 2008 Election.”

As the 2008 election draws near, what are the critical legal issues facing minority communities across the United States? How will the lives and needs of these communities influence and be influenced by electoral politics, the 2008 presidential election, and the next administration? What are the key problems and how can we effectively address them as we move towards the next phase in the nation’s political life?

On November 9, 2007, the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy (BJALP) will host a symposium focusing on critical legal issues facing minority communities in light of the upcoming 2008 election. Those wishing to participate in the symposium are invited to submit proposals for papers exploring a critical legal issue facing African-Americans and minority communities in the upcoming election. We are interested in papers in a diverse array of fields including, but not limited to, voting rights, health care, fair housing, environmental justice, family law, gender, education, and the criminal justice system. Similarly, we are interested in fielding multiple perspectives on these issues and would welcome proposals from academics, policymakers, practitioners, activists, and community members.

Papers selected for the symposium will be published in the Spring 2008 edition of the Berkeley Journal of African- American Law and Policy. Given the current legal, social, and political atmosphere, this is an opportune time to examine those issues that are most salient to minority communities and to begin setting an agenda aimed at effective change and reform. We invite you to be a part of the discussion.

The symposium will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law on November 9, 2007. BJALP will cover the reasonable travel expenses of those selected to participate in the symposium. Proposals should include the title of the proposed paper, an abstract of approximately 250 – 500 words, and the author’s curriculum vitae. Please also include your full institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number(s).

Proposals should be submitted via ExpressO or via e-mail to bjalp@law.berkeley.edu by June 8, 2007. Authors will be notified of the results of our selection process by June 20, 2007. As selected papers will be published in the Spring 2008 edition of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy, we will require authors to submit drafts of their completed papers for editing no later than November 2007. Please contact us by e-mail at bjalp@law.berkeley.edu with any questions. We look forward to reading your proposals.

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