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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 2, 2003

UI Law Symposium Examines Race And Sexual Orientation And Disability Law

The University of Iowa College of Law's Journal of Gender, Race and Justice will host the symposium, "Justice for All? Exploring Gender, Race and Sexual Orientation Within Disability Law," October 10 and 11.

All symposium events will be held in the Boyd Law Building. The symposium is open to the public and free of charge, though donations will be accepted.

"The Journal is committed to exploring how we are marginalized, ignored, and stratified in the law because of our race, gender, sex, class, sexual identity, and the multitude of other labels that are applied to us," said Paul Kraus, the Journal editor in charge of the symposium. "We have an annual symposium that brings together legal scholars and practitioners from across the country to discuss legal issues."

Panel discussions include "American Society: Examining the Correlation Between Disability and Poverty," "The Intersection of Race and Disability From the Post Civil War Period to the Present" and "Justice at the Ballot Box: The Right to Vote for the Disabled."

Kraus said the conference will explore both philosophical perspectives on gender, race and sexual orientation while at the same time looking at more practical issues such as disability within the education system, employment discrimination due to disability, and the link between poverty and disability. Participants in the symposium are both academic scholars and practitioners from across the globe. "The diverse nature of the participants will encourage a vigorous level of academic debate and discussion," he said.

Through the symposium, the Journal hopes to test, shape and strengthen academic scholarship by bringing a myriad of experiences into the realm of legal thought. The topics of the symposium may appeal to a variety of groups including: health care workers, educators, human resource professionals, and students and faculty of women's studies, political science, gay/lesbian studies, education, cross-cultural studies, including African-American studies and others.

For more information and a schedule of symposium events, go the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice's Web site at:

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,; Program: Paul Kraus, 319-335-9093,