Category Archives: Speaking Engagements

Presenting “Identity Entrepreneurs” at the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum

I really enjoyed presenting my article “Identity Entrepreneurs,” forthcoming in the California Law Review, at the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum this week. The format consisted of a twenty-minute presentation by the junior scholar, followed by feedback by one or two senior commenters and then general commentary. I believe there were twelve papers presented and I was so impressed and inspired by each of them. I was honored to have my work selected for this conference.

Here’s a photo of me presenting, and one of all the junior scholars after our final dinner.

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Presenting “Communication in Cyberspace” to the Colorado Women’s Bar Association

Really enjoyed speaking at the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Annual Convention with my former student Joanne Morando, now a prosecutor for Mesa County! We presented the research discussed in our co-written article on cyberharassment, “Communication in Cyberspace,” published in the North Carolina Law Review.

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“Improving Rights” and Originalism’s Alternatives

This afternoon I’m looking forward to discussing my article “Improving Rights,” published in the Virginia Law Review earlier this year, with the students in a class called “Originalism’s Alternatives,” taught by Adam Samaha (NYU). The class is about constitutional interpretation and decision, and covers different varieties of originalism as well as alternatives to originalism, along with other topics such as authority theories and judicial behavior. I’m one of about half a dozen law professors who are discussing their recent scholarship with the class.

I’ll be Skyping into the seminar from Denver, which strikes me as a really efficient and creative way to bring guest speakers into the class using technology. It makes the time commitment much less on the part of the speaker, which might make the difference for some speakers between being able to participate and not being able to participate. It reduces the possibility of logistical obstacles — for example, I well remember the frustration of being snowbound in Denver and not being able to get to a class at another school where I was hoping to present my work. And of course it saves a lot of money, which is always a good thing. Of course, Skype isn’t a true substitute for in-person interaction, but it seems to me that in many instances the benefits will make up for the costs. Thanks to Adam for inviting me.

Whiteness as Property at Twenty Years

This week I’ll be speaking at UCLA as part of a symposium on Cheryl Harris’ “Whiteness as Property,” which came out just over twenty years ago in the Harvard Law Review. The program, with links to concurrent sessions, is available here. The symposium is a full schedule from October 2-4. I’ll be speaking on Saturday about a work in progress called “Identity Entrepreneurs,” which is a follow-up to my own Harvard Law Review article “Racial Capitalism,” which came out last year.

Unfortunately I will miss the Thursday events due to a commitment back here in Denver, but it should be a great event from start to finish. I think CLE credit is available for almost all of the various panels.

Constitution Day and Other Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I am pleased to be giving a talk on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby tomorrow, September 17, at a Constitution Day event sponsored by the University of Denver Chaplain. More information about the event is available here.

I thought I’d also take this opportunity to mention a few other speaking engagements I have coming up this semester.

On October 2-4, I’ll be participating in a wonderful symposium at the UCLA School of Law to discuss the impact of Cheryl Harris‘ groundbreaking article “Whiteness as Property,” which the Harvard Law Review published in 1993. My panel will discuss the idea of entitlement and its intersection with the law. My copanelists include Tristan Green (USF), Camille Gear Rich (USC, visiting at Stanford), Osamudia James (Miami), and Leticia Saucedo (UC Davis).

On November 14-15, I’ll be participating in the seventh annual ClassCrits conference, which will be held at UC Davis. My panel, called “The Discourse of Inequality,” also includes Camille Gear Rich (USC, visiting at Stanford), Neil Gotanda (Western State), and Anthony Paul Farley (Albany, visiting at Kentucky).

On November 21-22, I’m presenting at the 2014 University of Wisconsin Discussion Group on Constitutionalism. The discussion group’s theme is “Judicial Supremacy and Its Critics.”

I’ll post more about each of these events as they approach.