22nd Mid-Atlantic People Of Color Legal Scholarship Conference

Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era

On January 20, 2017, the first President of Color, Barack Obama, concludes his second term. One week later, scholars, policy-makers, lawyers, activists, and law students convene to reflect upon this historic period in American history. On Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28, 2017, the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (MAPOC) will hold a conference, entitled “Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era,” at the George Washington University Law School. Our goal is to examine and assess shifts in law and policy, at all levels of government, over the past eight years as well as to determine where there has been stasis.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

6:30 pm: Informal Dinner for Early Arrivals

Friday, January 27, 2017

8:30 am9 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

99:15 am: Opening Remarks & Dean’s Introduction

  • Associate Dean Alfreda Robinson, The George Washington University Law School
  • Dean Blake D. Morant, The George Washington University Law School

9:15—10:45 am: Plenary I: Black Lives Matter

11am—Noon: Concurrent Works in Progress 1

12:15—1:45 pm: Lunch & Roundtable

  • "Economic and Cultural Anxiety over Immigration and Globalization: A Trans-Atlantic Conversation"

2—3 pm: Concurrent Works in Progress II

3:15—4:45 pm: Plenary III: Did Obama’s America Include the Poor?: Health, Education and Housing

4:45—5:30 pm: MAPOC Business Meeting                    

6:30 pm: Dinner

Saturday, January 28, 2017

8:30—9 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9—10:30 am: Plenary III: Constitutional Law Developments

10:45—11:45 am: Concurrent Works in Progress III

Noon—1:30 pm: Faculty Award Lunch & Keynote Address

1:45—2:45 pm: Concurrent Works in Progress IV

3—4:30 pm: Plenary IV: Election 2016: Revelations & Responses

4:30—5 pm: Last Word

More Information

Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled that our keynote speaker will be Spencer A. Overton, Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School and President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Overton was a key leader on policy reforms in the Obama campaign, transition, and administration (2007-2010), including serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice; Chair of the Government Reform Policy advisory group; and Co-Chair of the Attorney General’s Reentry and Reducing Recidivism Issue Team. Professor Overton's publications include his book, Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression (Norton, 2006), as well as numerous articles on election law appearing in leading law journals.

Call for Works-in-Progress

MAPOC 2017 invites Work-In-Progress papers (WIPs). MAPOC’s long-standing WIP program is widely known for providing a comfortable and constructive environment in which authors, especially junior law faculty, can workshop scholarship at any stage of development to a dedicated discussant and supportive audience. Please email your WIP abstract (and any questions) to Professor Ezra Rosser at [email protected] by December 15, 2016, to be included in the WIP program.

Faculty Awards

MAPOC also seeks nominations for two faculty awards. The Franklin D. Cleckley Award & the Banks-Haddon Junior Faculty Award.  Both awards recognize outstanding scholarship, teaching and/or service by faculty, administrators and staff in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Details for submitting nominations, which are due by January 10, 2017, can be found here. Questions about these awards should be directed to Professor Atiba Ellis at [email protected].