The Future of Diversity under President Obama

The Future of Diversity under President Obama
Panel Discussion Takes Place April 1

Media contact: Nancy Goldfarb 212-854-1584 [email protected]
Public Affairs Office 212-854-2650 [email protected]

New York, March 27, 2009 — Columbia Law School and leading international law firm Clifford Chance and will bring together the following speakers:

  • Theodore Shaw, Columbia Law School professor and one of the leading proponents of affirmative action. Before joining Columbia Law School, Shaw served as director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  
  • Curt Levey, Executive Director of the Committee for Justice (COJ). Before joining the COJ, Levey headed the Title IX policy group at the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights. He also serves on the executive committee of the Federalist Society's civil rights practice group.
  • Jonathan Zonis, U.S. Pro Bono & Community Affairs partner for Clifford Chance, a firm whose pro bono legal work includes support for detainees at Guantánamo Bay. A media gathering will immediately follow the event, allowing reporters an opportunity for follow-up questions.

The panel will discuss expected changes to affirmative action policy and jurisprudence under the Obama administration, the impact of the current economy on affirmative action policies and practices, and the legal history of and issues related to affirmative action.

Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107. Amsterdam Avenue at West 116 Street; via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/ Columbia University.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Media event to follow directly after.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media wishing to attend should RSVP in advance at 212-854-1584.

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