Earl B. Dickerson Centennial Conference

Add to Calendar 2020-10-30 09:00:00 2020-10-30 17:00:00 Earl B. Dickerson Centennial Conference Event details: https://www.law.uchicago.edu/dickersoncentennial - University of Chicago Law School web@law.uchicago.edu America/Chicago public
Online-Only Law School Event
1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Open to the public

Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, and in the interest of our community’s safety, we previously postponed the Earl B. Dickerson Centennial Conference and have now decided to divide the two-day Conference into separate events. We will hold the first conference online via Zoom on Friday, October 30, 2020. This day will bring together a distinguished group of academic lawyers and historians to contextualize Dickerson’s life, work, and legacy.

We will hold the second conference on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Our hope is to hold this rescheduled programming in person at the University of Chicago Law School as originally planned, but we will do so only if the situation safely permits such a meeting. As previously scheduled, in this conference day, we hope to include a keynote address by Mayor Lori Lightfoot; reflections on the life of Earl Dickerson by those who knew him; panels of activists, academics, practitioners, and journalists discussing Dickerson’s continuing legacy today; and artistic performances by the Court Theater.

The Dickerson Centennial celebrates an historic milestone for our institution: the 100th anniversary of the graduation of one of our most distinguished alumni, Earl B. Dickerson.

Dickerson, born in Mississippi in 1891, graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1920, the first African American to earn a juris doctor from our institution. His distinguished career included serving as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in WWI, an alderman of Chicago, president of the Supreme Life Insurance Company, a member of the national board of the NAACP, and president of the National Lawyers Guild. He also orchestrated and argued the landmark Supreme Court case, Hansberry v. Lee (1940), which brought an end to the use of a racially restrictive covenant in Chicago.

Registration is now open for the Oct. 30 conference. Registration for the April 17 conference will be announced at a later time. Please email lawevents@law.uchicago.edu with questions or concerns.

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