Earl B. Dickerson Centennial Conference (NEW DATE)

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Room V
1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Open to the public

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the date for the Earl B. Dickerson Centennial Conference has changed to October 30 & 31, 2020. The posted schedule reflects participants who had confirmed for the original date. We are in the process of confirming participation for October.

On October 30 and 31, 2020, the University of Chicago Law School will celebrate an historic milestone for our institution: the 100th anniversary of the graduation of one of our most distinguished alumni, Earl B. Dickerson.

Earl 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 won the Supreme Court case of Hansberry v. Lee (1940), a challenge to racially restrictive covenants in Chicago.

Our capstone event celebrating this Dickerson Centennial will be a two-day conference on October 30 and 31, 2020. On Friday, October 30, a distinguished group of historians and legal scholars will place the life and accomplishments of Earl Dickerson in historical perspective. On Saturday, October 31, a distinguished group of Chicago lawyers, activists, and artists will remember Earl Dickerson’s powerful legacy of advocacy and leadership through a series of discussions and performances.

Registration is now open. Please email lawevents@law.uchicago.edu with questions or concerns.

 

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Tentative Schedule

Agenda is subject to change.

  • Friday, October 30, 2020
    • Dean’s Welcome; Introductory Remarks
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      • Room V
      • Thomas J. Miles Dean, Clifton R. Musser Professor of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Law School

    • Panel I: Formative Years
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      • Room V
      • Justin Driver, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
        The Education of Earl Dickerson

        Adriane Lentz-SmithAssociate Professor in the Department of History, Duke University
        Black Soldiers & the War for Democracy 

        David Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
        Earl Dickerson's Constitutional Law Class

    • Break
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    • Panel II: Equality and Employment
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      • Room V
      • Jane Dailey, Associate Professor of American History, the Law School, and the College, University of Chicago
        FEPC and Social Equality

        Paul Frymer, Professor of Politics; Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) and Woodrow Wilson School Associated Faculty, Princeton University
        Fair Employment

    • Lunch
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      • Room V or South Green Lounge
    • Panel III: Businessperson and Movement Lawyer
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      • Room V
      • Richard (Rick) R.W. Brooks, Emilie M. Bullowa Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
        Supreme Life: Moral Hazards, Race, & the Legacy of Earl Dickerson

        Carol Rose, Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor Emeritus of Law and Organization and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
        De-racing Property: Earl Dickerson and the Struggle Against Racially Restrictive Covenants

        Christopher (Chris) W. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
        Navigating the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Divide: Earl B. Dickerson and the National Lawyers Guild

    • Break
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    • Panel IV: Dickerson, Government and Civic Leader
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      • Room V
      • Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Presidential Assistant Professor of Law, Penn Law
        The Black Metropolis' Race Leader: The Multi-Organizational Leadership of Earl Dickerson

        Dylan Penningroth, Professor, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
        Black Lawyers & the Idea of Civil Rights

        Patricia (Pat) A. Sullivan, Professor, Department of History, University of South Carolina
        Earl B. Dickerson, Frontline Civil Rights Lawyer: From the New Deal to the Cold War

  • Saturday, October 31, 2020
    • Check-in, Light Lunch Available
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      • Classroom Corridor
    • Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
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      • Auditorium
      • Thomas J. Miles, Dean, University of Chicago Law School

    • Keynote Address by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
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      • Auditorium
    • Panel I: Remembering EBD
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      • Green Lounge
      • Timuel Black, social worker, historian, and author

        Barbara T. Bowman, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, Co-Founder, Erikson Institute

        Stephen (Steve) Brown, Director, Brand Strategy, American Medical Association and Grandson of Earl B. Dickerson

        Valerie B. Jarrett, Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of Chicago Law School

        Christopher R. Reed, Professor Emeritus of History, Roosevelt University

    • Coffee Break
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    • Panel II: Cause Lawyering
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      • Auditorium
      • Herschella G. Conyers, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

        Steven (Steve) Saltzman, Law Offices of Steven Saltzman; National Lawyer’s Guild

        Theodore (Teddy) M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law, The University of North Carolina School of Law; Director, Center for Civil Rights

        Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU Illinois

    • Panel III: Fair Housing
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      • Auditorium
      • Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune Reporter and Staff Writer

        Lee Fennell, Max Pam Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

        Kate Walz, Vice President of Advocacy, Senior Director of Litigation, & Director of Housing Justice, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

        Lawrence (Larry) Wood, Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School; Director, Housing Practice Group at Legal Assistance Foundation

    • Break
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    • Readings from A Dream Deferred and A Raisin in the Sun
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      • Auditorium
      • Ron OJ Parson, Director & Resident Artist, Court Theater

        Actors: Felicia P. Fields, Tyla Abercrumbie, Jerod Haynes, Qiana Moore-Nightengale, Thom Cox

    • Panel IV: Discussion of A Dream Deferred and A Raisin in the Sun
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      • Auditorium
      • Ron OJ Parson, Director & Resident Artist, Court Theater

        Actors: Felicia P. Fields, Tyla Abercrumbie, Jerod Haynes, Qiana Moore-Nightengale, Thom Cox

        Carol M. Rose, Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor Emeritus of Law and Organization and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

    • Conclusion and Reception
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      • Concourse
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