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Release: Oct. 2, 2000

Law symposium addresses economic systems' effect on women

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Legal scholars from around the country will gather at the University of Iowa College of Law for the fifth annual "Journal of Gender, Race & Justice" symposium Oct. 13-14, where the focus of various discussion topics will center on how women are affected by economic systems. Students and the public are invited to register by Friday, Oct. 6 to attend. The symposium is free for UI students and staff and costs $25 for non-students and $40 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional $5.

Group rates are available and admission includes complimentary breakfasts on both event days for all attendees, and guaranteed admission to the Friday evening banquet for pre-registrants.

The symposium is organized around the theme, "The Changing Face of Need: Feminization of Poverty & The Law." Among the topics to be addressed are whether it is possible or feasible to end welfare, the economic status of women of color in the United States, and marriage as a source of income inequality.

A symposium objective, says second-year law student and journal member Jeff Clayton, is to draw peoples' attention to areas of the law that with change, can alter the status quo.

"We're hoping to break ground in various areas of law by examining areas of the law that are largely ignored. The symposium can be a call for action by legal scholars and practitioners to help reverse what many see as gender inequalities in economics, human rights and other areas," Clayton says.

Among the invited speakers are law professors Naomi Cahn, George Washington University Law School; Lisa A. Crooms, Howard University School of Law; Patricia Cain, UI College of Law; Linda McGuire, dean, UI College of Law; and Joel Handler, University of California, Los Angeles, who will give the keynote address.

"The Journal of Gender Race & Justice" concentrates on topics regarding feminist theory and critical race analysis and examines how the legal system negotiates one's identity and its effect on a person's ability to attain justice. Papers presented at the symposium will be published in an upcoming volume of the journal.

To register or to learn about how to contribute a gift to the journal and to learn about the publication, call (319) 335-9093 or Visit the journal Web site at