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FYiPOST: Disability Law Symposium-Mar 2012-Call for Proposals-UC, Berkeley

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Call for Presentation Proposals:
Disability Law Symposium - Mar. 22-23, 2012 @ UC, Berkeley Boalt Hall
Rebranding Disability Law: The Intersection of Disability with Gender,
Race, Class and Other Identities

Co-sponsors (partial list): Boalt Disability Law Society;  Berkeley
Journal of Gender, Law & Justice; Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social
Justice; Disability Rights, Education & Defense Fund; UC, Berkeley
Disability Studies

Our focus is on the intersection of disability and other civil rights
constructs such as gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity and religion.
Presentations should be grounded in law (rights, discrimination, equity)
and/or public policy. Our goal is to "re-brand" the field of Disability
Rights to encourage students to think of this (1) as a subset of the
broader civil rights movement and (2) as part of the larger
disability-related disciplines at the University.

The tentative format will be a Thursday late afternoon keynote address by
Samuel Bagenstos ("Olmstead, Race, and Class") after introductory remarks
by Arlene Mayerson. Friday will include 3 panels of speakers (themes,
speakers & formats TBD) and a lunchtime keynote address by Carrie Griffin
Basas ("HIV Stigma/Sex(uality) Stigma"). On Thursday evening there will be
an informal discussion forum on current legal and policy issues and on
Friday a reception will be held at the Ed Roberts Campus after closing

We are seeking approximately 9 presenters in addition to our keynoters,
with the hope that each panel will have a common theme. (Proposals can be
either for a single speaker or for a speaker and 1 or 2
respondents/discussants). The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice
will publish suitable symposium papers, but it is not required that
presenters also submit a paper.  Please email a 2-3 paragraph abstract to no later than November 16, 2011 and indicate
whether you intend to submit a paper for publication. We regret that we
cannot guarantee funds for travel or accommodations for panelists.

With the recent funding of a Disability Initiative at UC, Berkeley, the
opening of the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, and the continuing emphasis
on clinical and interdisciplinary legal education, we hope this symposium
will solidify the importance of Disability Rights within the curriculum at
BerkeleyLaw and sister law schools.  We look forward to your proposals.

Thank you.

Plannning/Advisory Committee
Mary Lou Breslin
Claudia Center
Samantha Groden
Arlene Mayerson
Katy Merk
Francis Nugent
Victoria Plaut
Stephen Rosenbaum
Sue Schweik
Jonathan Simon
Shira Wakschlag
Wilda White