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Fifth Annual Wiley A. Branton/Howard Law Journal Symposium

Friday, October 24, 2008

Panel 1

Marshall and the Criminal Justice System

Lenese C. Herbert graduated cum laude with a B.S. from Howard University and received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She has practiced in a number of government agencies including the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (Criminal and Civil Division). Professor Herbert is a tenured professor of law at Albany Law School, where she teaches Administrative Law, Evidence, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. In 2007-2008, she served as a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee School of Law and is currently visiting at Howard University School of Law. Professor Herbert’s scholarship has appeared in the University of Illinois Law Review, Howard Law Journal, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, and the peer-reviewed Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. She is a co-author of Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3rd Ed.), and is a contributing author to the forthcoming book Race to Injustice: Lessons Learned from the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case.

Dan M. Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include criminal law and evidence. At Yale, Prof. Kahan teaches classes in Criminal Law & Administration, Evidence, and Supreme Court Advocacy. Prior to coming to Yale in 1999, Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91) and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1989-90). He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Harvard University.

Carol Steiker is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Steiker attended Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and Harvard Law School, where she served as president of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, she worked as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She has been a member of the Harvard Law School faculty since 1992, where she was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1998-2001 and where she currently serves as the Dean’s Special Advisor for Public Service. Professor Steiker is the author of numerous scholarly works in the fields of criminal law, criminal procedure, and capital punishment. She recently has joined as co-author of the casebook, Criminal Law and Its Processes (8th ed.) and she is the editor of Criminal Procedure Stories (Foundation 2006).

Panel 2

Advocate and Jurist: Marshall and the Equal Protection Clause

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He came to Yale as an assistant professor in 1982 after clerking for Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III of the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Carter’s expertise is in constitutional law, contracts, intellectual property law, secrets and lying, and law and religion. His courses at Yale include: Contracts; Just War Theory; Law Secrets & Lying; and Trademark and Unfair Competition. His books include New England White, Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, God’s Name in Vain, and The Emperor of Ocean Park. Professor Carter has a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale.

Lisa A. Crooms is a professor at Howard University School of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Gender and the Law, International Human Rights Law and Supreme Court Jurisprudence. A human rights activist since 1984, Professor Crooms has worked with the Washington Office on Africa and the American Committee on Africa. She is currently a board member for the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, the U.S. Human Rights Network and the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development for Human Rights. In 2003, Professor Crooms was named a Fulbright Scholar at the Norman Manley Law School – University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica where she conducted research on the relationship between gender, violence and law in the construction of Jamaican post-independence national identity. Professor Crooms received her B.A. in Economics from Howard University in 1984 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1991.

Jordan M. Steiker is the Cooper K. Ragan Regents Professor at the University of Texas Law School. He joined the faculty in 1990 after serving as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He teaches constitutional law, criminal law, and death penalty law, and is co-director of the law school’s Capital Punishment Center. Professor Steiker was a visiting professor at the Harvard Law School and has written extensively on constitutional law, federal habeas corpus, and the death penalty. Some of his recent publications include: A Tale of Two Nations: Implementation of the Death Penalty in ‘Executing’ Versus ‘Symbolic’ States in the United States, (Texas Law Review 2006) (with Carol Steiker); The Seduction of Innocence: The Attraction and Limitations of the Focus on Innocence in Capital Punishment Law and Advocacy (Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 2005) (with Carol Steiker); and Habeas Exceptionalism, (Texas Law Review, 2000).

Panel 3

Influence and Legacy: The Future of the Post-Marshall Court

Susan Low Bloch joined the Georgetown University Law Center faculty in 1983. She teaches Constitutional Law I and II, Federal Courts, Communications Law, and a seminar on the Supreme Court. Professor Bloch is the author of numerous articles in the areas of constitutional and administrative law and is the co-author of the book Supreme Court Politics: The Institution and Its Procedures.

She has given lectures and interviews on a variety of topics, including impeachment, presidential immunity, historical overviews of the Supreme Court, the role of the Constitution in this country and its relevance for emerging democracies. Before joining the Law Center, Professor Bloch served as a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall and for Judge Spottswood Robinson. She also practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering. Prof. Bloch received her J.D. at the University of Michigan, where she graduated summa cum laude. She also holds an M.S. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. with distinction from Smith College.

Rebecca Brown is the Newton Professor of Constitutional Law at USC Gould School of Law. After earning her B.A. at St. John’s College in Annapolis and her J.D. at Georgetown, magna cum laude, she clerked for Judge Spottswood Robinson III, of the D.C. Circuit, and for Justice Thurgood Marshall. She served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice, and as an associate at the law firm of Onek, Klein & Farr, before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Law School in 1988, where she remained until 2008. Her scholarship has focused primarily on developing an understanding of the Constitution premised on a relationship between equality and individual liberty. She teaches courses in constitutional law and theory.

Elizabeth Garrett is the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, Political Science, and Policy, Planning and Development at USC Gould School of Law. She is also the co-Director of the USC-Caltech Center for the Study of Law and Politics (CSLP). President George W. Bush appointed her to serve on the nine-member bipartisan Tax Reform Panel that released its final report in 2005. She is the co-author Cases and Materials on Legislation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy (4th Ed.) and Fiscal Challenges: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Budget Policy (2nd Ed.) She is also the author of many articles on campaigns and the legislative process including: campaign finance laws; judicial review of regulatory statutes; the initiative process; and the California recall. Before entering academics, she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court.


Sheryll D. Cashin – Biographical Information

Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, teaches Constitutional Law and Race and American Law, among other subjects. She writes about race relations and inequality in America. Her new book, The Agitator’s Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family, traces the arc of American race relations through generations of her family. Her book, The Failures of Integration, was an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review and a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction. Prof. Cashin has also published widely in academic journals and written commentaries for several periodicals, including the L.A. Times, Washington Post, and Education Week. A frequent radio and T.V. commentator, she has appeared on NPR All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Newshour With Jim Leher, CNN, BET, ABC News, and numerous local programs.

Professor Cashin worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She was law clerk to Justice Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. As a Marshall Scholar, she went on to receive a masters in English Law, with honors, from Oxford University in 1986 and a J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School, in 1989, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.