UB Law in Focus Series Looks at ‘Notorious RBG’ and ‘Recognizing’ the Black Family in October; ADA at 30 in November

The UB Law in Focus Discussion Series continues in October with webinars examining the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a look at how family law, estate law, and the child welfare system can penalize Black people because of the way it defines and recognizes families.

In early November, the series marks the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a look at the state of disability rights in our nation.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 6 p.m., the series presents “Notorious RBG: The Life and Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” Panelists from UB School of Law — Associate Deans Margaret Johnson and Dionne Koller, and former Dean Phillip Closius — will discuss the late justice’s academic contributions and jurisprudence, as well as look ahead to the future of the Supreme Court amid congressional hearings for a quick replacement.

UB Law Dean Ronald Weich, who in a previous role as an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department helped prepare Obama administration nominees for Supreme Court confirmation hearings, will moderate the discussion. Register here.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, also from 5 to 6 p.m., the series presents “‘Recognizing’ the Black Family: Structural Racism’s Obstacles to Kinship, Wealth and Prosperity.” This webinar is part of our continuing series examining structural racism.

Imagine giving birth to a child whom you have no right to raise or care for. Imagine losing your family home because the laws and legal system did not permit you to protect your children’s inheritance. Imagine the state taking your children away from you because you are struggling financially. This panel will address the ways in which current family structures and wealth ownership result from legal pathways created for white people, and the resulting obstacles for Black people.

Margaret Johnson
Associate Dean Margaret Johnson

Panelists include UB Law Associate Dean and Prof. Margaret Johnson, UB Law Prof. Sheldon Lyke, and Shanta Trivedi, former UB clinical teaching fellow in the Bronfein Family Law Clinic and now a clinical teaching fellow in the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown Law Center. Moderating the discussion is UB Law alumna Reba Letsa, J.D. ’19, an associate with Baker Donelson. Register here.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the series continues with “The ADA at 30: Where Have We Made Progress and What Remains to Be Done?”

The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted 30 years ago. How are Americans with disabilities better off today, and what work still needs to be done? We know that physical accessibility has been a major consequence of the ADA, but where do we stand in arenas such as employment, education and health care?

Hear from our panel: Greg Care, J.D. ’06Amged Soliman, J.D. ’11, and UB Law student Daniel Hodges. UB Law Prof. Donald Stone, director of the Mental Health Law Clinic, will moderate the discussion. Register here.

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