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Law Review Symposium Panels

8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions 

Jeffrey Brand, Dean, USF School of Law 

9:15 a.m. - Keynote Address

Nancy Cantor, chancellor, Syracuse University


9:45 - Panel 1: The Road to Fisher  

Providing a background into the legal history of affirmative action, this panel will explore through first-hand accounts the critical cases of Grutter v. Bollinger, Gratz v. Bollinger, and Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle Sch. Dist. No. 1.

Moderator: John Adler, professor, USF School of Law

Francis J. Mellen Jr., partner, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP

Nancy Cantor, chancellor, Syracuse University

Larry Purdy, of counsel, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP   


11:00 a.m. - Break


11:15 a.m. - Panel 2: Affirmative Action: Beyond the Classroom       

Looking beyond education, this panel will examine affirmative action in a variety of other contexts such as hiring and promotion. This panel will also provide a perspective on affirmative action that extends beyond race.      

Moderator: Julie Nice, professor, USF School of Law

Lindbergh Porter Jr., partner, Littler Mendelson

Dan Siegel, partner, Siegel & Yee

Robert Zelnick, professor, Boston University

Connie de la Vega, professor, USF School of Law


12:15 p.m. Lunch


1:30 p.m. - Panel 3: Affirmation Action Today: Fisher v. University Of Texas 

The Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas promises to have serious implications. This panel will examine the case and discuss some of the amicus curiae briefs that were filed.

Moderator: Uma Jayakumar, professor, University of San Francisco

Rachel Godsil, Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law 

Jay Rosner, executive director, The Princeton Review Foundation

Lino Graglia, A. W. Walker Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Allison Elgart, legal director, Equal Justice Society  


3:00 p.m. - Break


3:15 p.m. - Panel 4: Affirmative Action: Where Do We Go From Here? 

The outcome in Fisher will affect educational institutions and society generally. This panel will discuss how educational institutions, including law schools, may need to re-shape admissions policies. It will also look forward to how changes may affect these institutions, the profession, and the country.

Frank Wu, dean and Chancellor, UC Hastings

Jeffrey Brand, dean, USF School of Law

john a. powell, Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley