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Washington on National Panel with Civil Rights Notables

Posted On July 29, 2014
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Tanya Washington, associate professor at Georgia State University College of Law, will join civil rights notables, the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse L. Jackson Sr., during the keynote event at the National Bar Association’s annual conference in Atlanta.

The Presidential Showcase Panel, from 2 to 4 p.m. today, also features Sherrilyn Ifill, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and professor of law at University of Maryland, and former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves. The panel will discuss racial profiling in the contexts of state immigration law and the child welfare system.

The panel falls during the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (1954).

“It’s a perfect time to discuss the issues and the role of law affecting change,” Washington says. “It’s not clear yesterday’s tools will be effective in addressing today’s challenges even though those challenges mirror those of the past.”

Also during the conference, Washington will moderate a panel, “Future of Legal Education,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 30, with Bucky Askew,  a visiting professor at Georgia State Law, among the speakers.

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