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Release: Oct. 14, 1999
Law symposium examines sports, sex and identity as
IOWA CITY A number of nationally known and University
of Iowa scholars will address the legal issues surrounding sports, sex and
identity as entertainment at the Journal of Race, Gender & Justice symposium
at the UI College of Law Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16.
The symposium is an annual event sponsored by the
law school journal and is free and open to the public. Over the course of
the two days, various panels of 19 speakers from across the country who have
studied or work closely with the three highlighted issues will examine how
various entertainment industries have marginalized some races and created
sexist stereotypes. Among the panelists are UI law school alumnus Stephen
R. Baird, and Christine Grant, UI women's athletics director.
Baird is one of a team of attorneys who successfully
represented the Native American plaintiffs in their trademark case against
the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. In April 1999, a
three-judge panel ruled the NFL team has no right to trademark the team's
name because it is disparaging to Native Americans. Grant will provide a historical
analysis of Title IX, a federal law that requires equitableness in educational
programs regardless of sex.
Amy Weismann, third-year law student and journal member,
says the symposium is being held to offer a look at some of society's most
powerful forces, such as the media and sports entertainment.
"This is an important endeavor for all people who
are interested in expanding the notion of justice in reality, not just theory,"
Anel Dominguez, third-year law student, journal member
and symposium organizer, says various panels will address such questions as:
Could imagery and cultural expression be defined as property? If so, who should
own group imagery? Other questions to be addressed are the notion of "group
harm," and should and could the television and film industries be held liable
for either the lack of or the negative portrayals of certain groups?
The symposium begins at 8 a.m., Friday, Oct. 15 with
breakfast and registration and continues throughout the day with various panels,
ending with a 7 p.m. keynote address by Kenneth Shropshire, professor and
prominent sports law attorney, of The Wharton School. The symposium resumes
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 and ends at 4:30 p.m. For a complete schedule
of speakers and topics, contact the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice
at 335-9093 or UI News Services at
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability
who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please
contact the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice at 335-9093.