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Spring 2014 Symposium: The Civil Rights Act: 50 years of Success, Development, and Transformation

About the Symposium: 

The Journal of Public Law and Policy at Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will host a symposium on March 25, 2014 tentatively entitled The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years of Success, Development, and Transformation. This symposium will gather scholars, policy makers, civil rights activists, and community members to discuss the impact of the Civil Rights Act since its formation in 1964, both nationally and in Minnesota minority communities. The central issues to be addressed at the symposium include how things have changed since the implementation of the Act, how the Act has influenced and impacted communities in Minnesota, the reality of civil rights issues present in modern Minnesota society and underprivileged communities, and the importance of keeping oral history alive of those Minnesotans who experienced the implementation of the Act in 1964. 

Importance of Topic: 
The Civil Rights Act has had huge impact on a number of underprivileged communities. At its inception, the Act greatly affected the African American community in the area of civil rights, and this symposium seeks to emphasize the successes that various communities have felt upon enactment of the Civil Rights Act, as well as possible areas of improvement or development where the Act may have failed to help out minority communities. The question we seek to address through a well balanced symposium is whether the Act has led to good public policy, and how the policy regarding civil rights in the state of Minnesota has thrived, or needs to be improved.

Academic institutions have for years been considered to be marketplaces of ideas, and in that role they have served as places of conversation and debate. We believe it is the duty of academic institutions like Hamline University School of Law to host these scholarly conversations in an attempt to dialogue about important topics such as civil rights. 

5.5 CLE credits have been approved (3.5 standard, 2 elimination of bias)

$0 Student (with valid Student ID)
$20 - Hamline Law Alumni, graduated in years 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
$30 - Non-Legal Community Members
$100 -  All other Hamline Law Alumni who graduated before 2010
$135 - Non-Hamline Law Alumni who pre-register
$165 - Non-Hamline Law Alumni who pay the day of the event


To Register contact Deb Lange at or 651-523-2122 or go to this link to online register,

Confirmed Speakers/Panelists Include:

-       Professor Brian Landsberg, Pacific McGeorge School of Law

-       Professor Levy-Pounds, University of St. Thomas School of Law

-       Professor Mary Jane Morrison, Hamline University School of Law

-       Dr. Nancy Heitzeg, St. Catherine University

-       Richard Quinn, Tuskegee University

-       Professor David E. Bernstein, George Mason University School of Law

-       Professor Jason Marisam, Hamline University School of Law

-       Professor Ann Tweedy, Hamline University School of Law

-       Phil Duran, President, Minnesota State Bar Association

-       Keith A. Mayes, PhD., University of Minnesota


Statement of Purpose

The Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy is a student-run organization devoted to the discussion and analysis of contemporary legal and public policy issues. The Journal provides a forum for both students and the legal community to engage in scholarly thought, analysis, and writing on a wide range of areas of law affecting national and international policy issues.

The Journal devotes one of its bi-annual editions to alternative dispute resolution topics. Non-ADR editions often take a special theme, such as pro bono legal services. Editions may include both outside articles, authored by professors, lawyers, and judges, and student articles, authored by second and third year law students selected as journal associates.

The Journal is governed by the board of editors, which consists of third year law students. The board of editors is responsible for directing the content of the Journal, selecting both outside and student articles for publication, and preparing each edition for publication.

About our Publication

Starting Spring 2014, the Journal of Public Law and Policy will be moving to a strictly digital publication format.  All of the articles published in the Spring 2014 edition and beyond will be available to download for free here