Race, Law & Inequality Speaker Series 2020-2021

A new speaker series convened by Boston University School of Law  

Despite the laudable ideals expressed by this nation’s founders, US law has routinely been written, enacted, and interpreted by those in power in ways that reinforce, rather than dismantle, racial inequalityIn this sense, law has become one part of the structures in which racism is embedded. This structural racism touches upon every area of the law, and nearly 250 years into this democratic experiment that is the United States, people of color have still not gained full and equal membership in US society. 

In this new speaker series, we invite leading scholars to examine the intersection between race, inequality, and the law; to reveal how US law, as it is currently written and interpreted, falls short of the ideals on which this country was founded; and to offer their insights on how we may pursue fundamental change in our system of laws that will finally deliver on the promise of equity and justice for all. 

Each session will take place from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern and will include an introduction, lecture, and Q&A. They will be followed by optional breakout sessions from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.


Thursday, December 3, 2020
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Detecting Police and Prosecutorial Discrimination: Some Theoretical and Methodological Thoughts,” presented by Professor Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Yale Law School
Moderated by Professor Jonathan Feingold, Boston University School of Law

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Optional breakout sessions moderated by BU Law Faculty


Thursday, March 25, 2021
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Professor Trina Jones, Duke Law School

Date to be determined
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Professor Devon Carbado, UCLA School of Law


Past Events

Thursday, October 8, 2020
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
“Jim Crow in the 21st Century: The Impact of Crime Free Housing Ordinances and Mass Criminalization on Racial Segregation,” presented by Professor Deborah Archer, NYU School of Law
Moderated by Professor Jade Brown, Boston University School of Law

Sponsored by BU Law Boston Young Alumni Council.