Center for the Study of Race and Law

Center for the Study of Race and Law

Center for the Study of Race and Law

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From the Equal Rights Amendment to Black Lives Matter: Reflecting on Intersectional Struggles for Equality

Full Schedule | Jan. 29, 2021

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This virtual symposium will explore the intersectional nature of race and sex (including LGBTQ+) equality movements, the contributions of activists with intersectional identities, and the potential role of intersectional theories to inform future efforts to advance race and sex equality. The symposium will culminate in a keynote speech by Elaine R. Jones ’70 at 1:50 p.m. Jones is the first Black woman to graduate from UVA Law School — 50 years ago — and the first woman to serve as director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. During the event, the 2021 Gregory H. Swanson Award will be presented. Named after UVA’s first Black student, the award recognizes UVA law students who demonstrate courage, perseverance and a commitment to justice. 

10:30-11:45 a.m.


  • Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui, Mortimer M. Caplin Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law; University of Virginia School of Law
  • Arjun Ogale ’21, Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Law Review

Panel I: Lessons From the Past

  • Serena Mayeri, Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School: “The Successes, Limitations, and Legacies of Intersectional Feminist Advocacy in the 1960s and 1970s”
  • Trust Kupupika ’22: “Shaping Our Freedom Dreams: Reclaiming Intersectionality through Black Feminist Legal Theory”
  • Hayley Hahn ’21: “Termites in the Master’s House: Abortion Rap and Florynce Kennedy’s Contributions to Racial and Gender Justice”
  • Julie Suk, Professor, Sociology; Dean for Master’s Programs, Provost’s Office; Professor, Political Science; City University of New York; Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law, Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School: “A Dangerous Imbalance: Pauli Murray’s Equal Rights Amendment and the Path to Equal Power”
  • ModeratorsNaomi Cahn, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Law; Nancy L. Buc ’69 Research Professor in Democracy and Equity; Director, Family Law Center; University of Virginia School of Law; Paula Monopoli, Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law; Founding Director, Women Leadership & Equality Program; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Noon-1:15 p.m.

Panel II: The Struggle Today

  • Adrienne Davis, Vice Provost; William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity; Founder, Co-Director, Law & Culture Initiative; Washington University in St. Louis School of Law: “Explaining the Power of Black Lives Matter and the Split Gender Politics of Today”
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; New York University School of Law: “Justice Thomas’s Concurrence in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and its Association of Abortion Rights with the Eugenics Movement”
  • Rachel Slepoi ’22: “Bostock’s Inclusive Queer Frame”
  • Camille Gear Rich, Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Southern California Gould School of Law: “Colorblind Patriotism? Recognizing the Role Intersectional Politics Play in Constructions of Protest in First Amendment Conversations”
  • ModeratorAnne M. Coughlin, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
1:30-1:50 p.m.

Presentation of Gregory H. Swanson Award by Dean Risa Goluboff

1:50-3 p.m.

Keynote Address

  • Elaine R. Jones ’70, Former President, Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund


Hayley Hahn ’21

Hayley Hahn is a third-year student at UVA Law, where she is a Karsh-Dillard Scholar and a member of the Raven Society. She graduated in 2017 from the College of William & Mary, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to law school, Hahn was a Fulbright Student at McGill's Centre for Research on Children and Families, and her work has appeared in the International Indigenous Policy Journal and on the Canadian Child Research Portal. During law school, Hahn has participated in the Civil Rights Clinic (offered in partnership with the Legal Aid Justice Center), served as the president of the American Constitution Society at UVA Law, and is the current notes development editor for the Virginia Journal of International Law. She also won first place in the 2020 Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition. After graduation, Hahn will clerk for Judge Carlton W. Reeves of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Trust Kupupika ’22

Trust Kupupika is a second-year student at UVA Law. She graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a major in anthropology and certificates in African studies and African American studies. Prior to law school, Kupupika worked at nonprofit organizations that focused on serving marginalized communities through education. Currently, she is the inclusivity, service and advocacy chair for Lambda Law Alliance. 

Rachel Slepoi ’22

Rachel Slepoi is a second-year student at UVA Law. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2017 with a degree in music. While there, she studied conducting, published an article about Dmitri Shostakovich’s 12-tone technique, wrote a thesis on Morton Feldman’s music as Holocaust historiography, and graduated with departmental honors. At UVA, she is the programming chair of Lambda Law Alliance and a member of the Virginia Law Review. She is also a research assistant for Shayna Medley (of the Center for Reproductive Rights), with whom she is researching the history of Title IX’s regulation of sport and its application to contemporary claims by transgender athletes. Under the guidance of Professor Deborah Hellman, Slepoi writes about transgender rights, discrimination and the duty of respect for persons. She can be reached at, and her writing is hosted on SSRN.

Healing Hate: A Public Health Perspective on Civil Rights in America

Story | Jan. 30-31, 2020

Hosted by the University of Virginia Schools of Law, Nursing and Medicine, this conference focused on the impact of racial and ethnic discrimination in driving public health disparities. The program brought together scholars, clinicians, policymakers and community leaders to take a public health approach in treating and reducing violence, disease and injury due to racism, hate speech, crimes and violence.

At the conclusion of the event, participants announced a civil rights framework to combat health disparities, and generated and disseminated evidenced-based proposals and tools aimed at eliminating health disparities.

"Biased," With Jennifer Eberhardt

Story | Jan. 21, 2020

Jennifer Eberhardt, a social psychologist at Stanford University, was the featured speaker at the University of Virginia School of Law’s Community MLK Celebration event. She discussed her 2019 book “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do.” Eberhardt is a 2014 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

During the event, Dean Risa Goluboff presented the 2020 Gregory H. Swanson Award. Named after UVA and UVA Law’s first black student, the award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to justice within the community.

The Hard Work of Social Justice: A Conversation With Women of August 11-12

Jan. 31 2019

This event discussed the work of social justice activism focussing on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, and on women who countered the terrorism of those days before, then and since. The event features the film, “Charlottesville,” which documents the events leading up to and including Aug.11-12. The second half was a panel discussion with women activists, followed by participation from the audience.

During the event, the Law School presented the annual Gregory H. Swanson Award, given to a law student who exemplifies “courage, perseverance and a commitment to justice.” 

One Year After Charlottesville: Replacing the Resurgence of Racism With Reconciliation

Story | Sept. 27-28, 2018

This conference examined the United States' history of racism, racial violence and white supremacy, and where it stands today through the lens of empirical critical race theory. Pulitzer Prize winner James Forman Jr. headlined the conference. It was sponsored by UVA Law, the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Law, the Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Virginia Law Review, and marked the one-year anniversary of the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

“We’re trying to take back the discourse so it’s no longer about giving a voice to white supremacy and nationalism,” said professor Dayna Bowen Matthew ’87, an organizer of the event. “We’re trying to speak for and with people who have been harmed and silenced by hate in all its manifestations.”