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

September 24 12:30PM-2:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y402 Classroom ""Hasta La Raíz" Documentary Screening and Conversation with Ana Maria Belique September 24 12:30PM-2:30PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y402 Classroom Proyección de Documental y Conversatorio con Ana Belique September 25 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma International Suite Talk: Effective Advocacy in Commercial Arbitration September 25 12:00PM-1:20PM Claudio Grossman Hall On the Docket: Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term September 26 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren N102 Classroom Bar Course Vendor Day September 27 9:00AM-4:30PM NT01, Ceremonial Classroom A Global Lawyer: Celebrating the Contributions of Herman Schwartz to the Rule of Law October 02 12:00PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Oversight & Accountability: Who Watches the Government? October 07 10:00AM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Corporate Counsel as Business Leaders May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE October 07 4:30PM-5:30PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom SCOTUS Series: Peter v. Nantkwest May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE October 08 10:00AM-4:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall Creating Opportunities for Law Students with Disabilities in the 21st Century: Inclusivity on Campus and in the Workplace October 10 8:00AM-7:00PM Washington College of Law Next Steps in Health Reform 2019 October 10 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom Pro Bono Training: Homless Persons Representation Project Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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