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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
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
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the journal Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~lawcoll/journals/grj.shtml