Race and Contract Law

10/22/2021 - 12:00
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Race and Contract Law
Category: Current Students
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Lubar Center (144)
Access: Current Law Students
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Open to all Marquette Law School students, faculty, and staff, please join Dean Grossman as she moderates a panel discussion about race and contract law. The three expert panelists will discuss how seemingly objective, neutral contract law principles disadvantage racial minorities. The panelists will also give attendees a sense for how those inequities were “baked into” our system of contract law since its inception and how they continue to manifest today. There will be time at the end for students to pose questions to the panelists.

The panelists include:

  • Etienne Touissaint, a professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law and a critical legal histories scholar who writes about, among other topics, how legal structures disadvantage marginalized citizens.
  • Debbie Zalesne, a professor of law at the City University of New York School of Law who has written about racial inequality in contracting and about teaching 1Ls about inequality and its consequences.
  • Karen Bauer, an attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, who is the managing attorney of Legal Aid’s consumer protection division, as well as the project manager for Legal Aid’s right to counsel project.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees immediately following the session. Please RSVP here by noon Friday, October 15.


Lubar Center (144)