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Structural Racism and the Law 2021 Schedule



Opening Remarks and Welcome

Dean LeCesne


Panel 1: Structural Racism in Housing & City Planning

Speakers: Ezra Rosser, Deborah Archer, & Lisa Alexander

Moderator: Prof. Crusto

First, we will delve into the anti-Black laws and policies that created systemic inequality in communities and cities. This panel will focus on the unjust zoning laws and policies that led to the destruction of Black communities, as well as, limited homeownership. Decades of racist policies, such as neighborhood segregation, have been a driving force in creating the racial wealth gap that persists today. Furthermore, the panel will reveal how the pandemic only exacerbated issues of poverty and inequality.




Panel 2: Structural Racism in the Education

Speakers: Rachel Moran,  Kimberly Robinson, & Andre Perry

Moderator: Professor Garda

After our  introduction to the racism behind our housing and city planning, we will evaluate the impact of those laws and policies on the educational system. This panel will focus on the inequalities in education that predated the pandemic, the ways that the pandemic exacerbated those disparities, and the possible legal responses to the adverse impacts of school closures. Furthermore, this panel will reveal how structural racism has played a role in the education system since slavery continues to perpetuate these racist practices in its modern day manifestations.




Keynote Speaker: Devon Carbado




Panel 3: Structural Racism in the Criminal Justice System

Speakers: Andrea Armstrong, Nia Weeks, &  Kristin Henning 

Moderator: Prof. Linares

No discussion on structural racism would be complete without analyzing the impacts of that racism in our criminal justice system. Many of these issues were laid bare this past summer: police brutality, unequal sentencing, COVID-19 effects on incarcerated persons.




Panel 4: Local Focus: How Does Racism in the Law Impact New Orleans Communities?

Speakers: Pastor Gregory Manning, Rayven Calloway, Lynn Rhodes Polk, & Cashauna Hill

With a greater understanding of the structural racism built into current laws and policies, this panel will address the specific ways racism in the law impacts New Orleanians. Reflecting on the dialogues of the earlier panelists, this panel discussion will include will how racism has impacted housing policy and decisions in New Orleans, including gentrification and environmental racism; racism in the charter school movement and educational system of New Orleans; growing reform of the local criminal justice system; and an exploration of the intersections racism plays in all aspects of local policymaking. Suggestions for reform and a questions & answer section will conclude this panel.


Closing Discussion and Thank You’s