2018 Symposium: Race, Inequality, and Debt

March 16–17, 2018
UCI School of Law, Edu 1111
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Race and debt are both American institutions but are rarely discussed in relation to one another. The 2018 UCI Law Review Symposium, organized by the School of Law’s Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEAR), will bring together leading thinkers to discuss race, debt, inequality, and the law. The event will include legal scholars, innovative individuals working in financial services, and scholars from the social sciences. They will discuss racial disparities in debt and the role of legal institutions in creating, perpetuating, and rectifying those disparities. Speakers will touch upon legal history, public policy, and legal reform, and will examine topics including banking, consumer credit, child support debt, criminal debt, and bankruptcy.

Welcome Remarks by:

L. Song Richardson
Dean, UCI School of Law

Featured Speakers:

Fenaba Addo
Assistant Professor of Consumer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology

Bernadette Atuahene
Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Mehrsa Baradaran
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Myesha Braden
Director, Criminal Justice Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Tonya Brito
Jefferson Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School

Veena Dubal
Associate Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

Andrea Freeman
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law

Kaaryn Gustafson
Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race, UCI School of Law

Kristin Johnson
Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Jonathan Markovitz
Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Ted Mermin
Interim Executive Director, UC Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice; Founder, Public Good Law Center

Joshua Page
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

José A. Quiñonez
Founder and CEO, Mission Asset Fund

Louise Seamster
Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Justice, University of Tennesee, Knoxville

Noah Zatz
Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law