LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2021) — The Kentucky Law Journal will hold its annual symposium from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. This year’s event is titled “The Racial Wealth Gap” and will explore the legal and historical factors that have contributed to the current state of wealth disparity in the United States that falls largely along racial lines.
The symposium will be held in person and online and is open to the public. Register here to attend virtually.
The Kentucky Law Journal’s annual symposium convenes students, faculty and staff from UK as well as scholars and policymakers from across the United States.
This year, panelists will examine the history of the racial wealth gap in the United States, and how legal rules have contributed to its growth; the tax laws that have exacerbated existing wealth inequalities, and what the government can do to improve its application and enforcement of the law; and how consumer law could address existing inequalities in access to credit to support the economic growth of disadvantaged communities.
For more information, visit www.kentuckylawjournal.org/symposium.
Opening Remarks Dean Mary J. Davis Associate Dean Jennifer Bird-Pollan
Panel 1: Real Estate, Housing, and Blockbusting
Professor Richard Winchester, in-person
Senior Assistant Dean Daniel Murphy Jr., in-person
Moderated by Dillon Curtis, Kentucky Law Journal Staff Editor
Panel 2: Implications of Tax Code Bias
Professor Steven Dean, participating virtually
Professor Phyllis Taite, participating virtually
Moderated by Abby Schueler, Kentucky Law Journal Staff Editor
Panel 3: Wage Enslavement and Prison Entrapment
Professor Stephanie Hunter McMahon, participating virtually
Professor David Gamage, participating virtually
Professor Goldburn Maynard Jr., in-person
Moderated by David Emerson, Kentucky Law Journal Staff Editor
Lunch (Box lunches will be provided to in-person attendees.)
Panel 4: The Problem with Colorblindness
Professor Malik Edwards, in-person
Professor William Darity, participating virtually
Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend, participating virtually
Moderated by Georgiana Sook, Kentucky Law Journal Staff Editor
Panel 5: The Racial Wealth Gap, Government Health Benefits, and Economic Inequality
Professor Bridget Crawford, participating virtually
Professor Palma Joy Strand, participating virtually
Professor Nicholas Mirkay, participating virtually
Aurora Grutman, participating virtually
Moderated by Holly Couch, Kentucky Law Journal staff editor
Panel 6: State-Focused Policy Solutions
Cortney Sanders, in-person
Jason Bailey, in-person
Professor Rajeev Darolia, in-person
Regina Lewis, in-person
Moderated by Jackson Sanders, Kentucky Law Journal staff editor
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