Monday, March 11, 2013

CFP: Celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964

From the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section & Civil Rights Section, we have the following Call for Papers:
Celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Past, Present and Future

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to its preamble, the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted, among other things, “to enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, [and] to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity.” And, of course, after its amendment on the floor, it provided for private actions to prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

The AALS Minority Section and Civil Rights Section will be holding a Joint Program at the 2014 Annual Meeting on this landmark piece of legislation. We invite the submission of drafts of papers (or detailed abstracts) that explore the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s historical origins, contemporary impact on civil rights, and future role in achieving equality. Papers selected from this Call for Papers will be presented at the Annual Meeting, which will be held in New York, New York. The Joint Program will include both the speakers whose papers have been selected from this Call for Papers and as well as invited speakers. There is the possibility that the papers presented will be published.

Papers or abstracts must be submitted by April 7, 2013 to Rose Cuison Villazor,, and Neil Cogan at

Authors will be notified by April 15 regarding the selection of their papers.