"Bringing the Future into Focus"


Contact Information:
David Wharwood
Columbia Law School
Black Law Students Association
[email protected]

Paul Robeson Conference and Alumni Gala:
"Bringing the Future into Focus"

Saturday, April 12, 2003

The Annual Paul Robeson Conference and Gala, titled "Bringing the Future into Focus," will be hosted by the Columbia Law School Black Law Students Association on April 12, 2003. The Conference will feature three panels of distinguished intellectuals and community leaders, discussing issues important to the Black community and its future. Admission to the Conference is free and open to the public. The Conference and the discussions it will host, embrace the legacy of one of Columbia Law School's greatest alumni, Paul Robeson, as a civil rights and international social justice activist. The Columbia Black Law Students Association will also host an Alumni Gala on the evening of April 12, with a keynote address by George W. Madison, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Commercia Incorporated.

Conference Panels

Panel I: The Black Tax and Other Obligations Owed by the Professional of Color 

  • Regina Austin, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School 
  • Shevar Jeffries
  • Camilla Jackson-Jones
  • Derrick Milam

Panel II: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

  • Jeh Johnson, Partner, Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Sheila Boston, Partner, Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Lisa Pruitt, Professor of Law, UC Davis
  • Peter Harvey, New Jersey Attorney General

Panel III: New Frontiers in Civil Rights: Economic Development and Reconstructing Affirmative Action

  • Ted Shaw, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Sheena Wright, CEO, Abyssinian Development Corporation 
  • Barry Goldstein, Civil rights plaintiffs' attorney

Luncheon Speaker: 1:45pm - 3:15pm: Paul Robeson Memorial Luncheon & Keynote Address by Peter Harvey, Attorney General of New Jersey

The Columbia Black Law Students Association is one of the largest chapters of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). NBLSA is the largest student-run organization in America with over 200 chapters at law schools throughout the country. These chapters represent over 6,000 Black law students. The organization's purpose, on the chapter level, is two-fold: to facilitate the academic and professional development of African-American students at Columbia and to instill in them a greater commitment to the needs of the Black community.

Conference Location:

Columbia Law School, Jerome L. Greene Hall
435 W. 116th St.
New York, NY 10027

Conference registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Panels begin at 9:45 a.m.

To register, or for more information: Contact Kevin Malcolm at (212) 854-8035, or write to [email protected] You may also register at the conference web site, at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/blsa/blsahome.htm.