Georgia State College of Law will host its 26th annual Law Review Symposium “Social Justice and Racial Equality: What’s Next?,” on Friday, March 26. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (J.D. ’94) will serve as the keynote at the virtual event.
Symposium editors Rebecca Hu and Ellen Min said that they felt it was necessary to address social justice after witnessing the brutal attacks and murders of unarmed Black Americans in the United States last year. They asked Mayor Bottoms to serve as keynote to give insights to the city’s response following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks in Georgia, as well as plans for moving forward.
“We wanted to use our platform to address institutionalized racism and what needs to be changed for there to truly be equity, not just equality,” said Hu and Min. “Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the stark realities of systemic racism present in our everyday lives. We wanted to challenge ourselves to not just recognize and have a conversation surrounding this important issue, but to focus on what we can do from here to bring about real change, hence the ‘What’s Next’ in our title.”
In addition to Mayor Bottoms, the virtual symposium will bring together legal scholars from all over the country to discuss a variety of issues related to racial equity. The speakers, which include experts on voting rights, race relations, immigration, prison reform and criminal justice, will propose solutions and identify next steps in dismantling systemic racism. View the agenda.
All Georgia State faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the virtual event. Attorneys can also receive CLE credits for this event. Registration is free and open to the general public (fees applied for CLE credits).
“We hope that our attendees will feel empowered to become a part of the change,” Hu and Min said. “Especially for legal practitioners and future practitioners, we hope our symposium will inspire them to take an active role in creating a more equitable society.”