2019 Annual Sylvania Woods Conference

The Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law addresses—through the participation of practicing lawyers, jurists, alumni, faculty, students, and administrators—matters of law and associated issues that affect African-American life and culture.  Therefore, discussion topics have included the legal education process, law and the political process, and various aspects of African-American life in the legal workplace.   

Conference attendees include, but are not limited to:  

  • Students who have an interest in learning more of their legal and cultural history and in networking with knowledgeable practitioners, alumni, and jurists;

  • Alumni and Practitioners who want to renew acquaintances and potentially make an impact in the professional life of continuing student.

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Our History

The Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law—initially known as the African Americans and the Law Conference began as a component program of the Washington College of Law Centennial Celebration in April 1997. The Honorable Sylvania Webb Woods of Prince Georges County, Maryland, was a member of a panel of judges who spoke about their paths to the judiciary during the first conference. Following Judge Woods death, the conference became an element of the now-annual Founders’ Celebration, and the decision was made to honor his memory by naming it the Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law.

Check out our exciting Upcoming Events

February 27 8:00AM-5:45PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Symposium on Economic Analysis of Law: 6th Annual Conference of Brazilian & American Judges February 27 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom So You Want to be a Public Defender? February 27 12:00PM-1:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT16 Classroom A Child's Right to Parents: Challenges for LGBTQI Families March 02 12:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom IP Brief Symposium - IP and Video Games March 03 6:30PM-8:30PM Miami, FL Miami - Admitted Student & Alumni Reception March 04 11:00AM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Impeachment: What's Next? March 04 4:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Authoritarian Constitutionalism: Comparative Analysis & Critique March 04 6:30PM-8:30PM New York City, NY NYC - Admitted Student & Alumni Reception March 05 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom Fellowships 101: Guide to Getting Your First Public Interest Job March 05 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren N105 Seminar Room The Global Practice of Business Law: A Conversation with Stephen Gardner March 06 12:00PM-5:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom AU Legislation and Policy Brief Symposium: Presidential Powers under the Constitution March 09 1:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Second Annual Women in Business Law Leadership Conference Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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