The Impact of Slavery on American Jurisprudence and Activism

Artwork is Aaron Douglas’ “Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction” (1934)

2019 is the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the USA. In August of 1619, twenty Africans landed at Jamestown Virginia.

In the 400 years that Africans have been here, their history has been full of struggle, resistance, and the achievement of excellence despite all the barriers erected.

This panel will explore lawsuits brought by enslaved people; rebellions against the cruelty that was a feature of slavery; activism challenging Jim Crow; changes in American jurisprudence that flowed from their quest for “equal Justice under law,” and how the efforts of African Americans shaped the activism of other groups in our country.

Racism is still a vibrant and toxic part of our country. This panel will explore its origins as well as ways we can minimize its impact.

The Impact of Slavery on American Jurisprudence and Activism
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:00 -7:30 PM
U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, 19th Floor, Ceremonial Courtroom
MCLE 1.5 credits (elimination of bias)



Students: FREE
Nonprofit: $40
General: $65

5:00 pm – reception
6:00 pm – panel

You must arrive by 5:00 pm to gain access to building.


Nusrat J. Choudhury, Deputy Director, Racial Justice Program, National ACLU
Lisa Holder, Interim Legal Director, Equal Justice Society
Shauna Marshall, The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
Dale Minami, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP
Megan Ming Francis, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Washington
Eva Paterson, President & Co-founder, Equal Justice Society (moderator)

For questions or more information, contact Melissa Male,

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