Annual Sylvania Woods Conference Addresses Matters of the Law and African-American Life and Culture
Program to Feature Remarks by Three Distinguished Alumni, also African-American Federal District Judges
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2012 – American University Washington College of Law will host the 16th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African-Americans and the Law, an event that brings together practicing lawyers, jurists, alumni, faculty, students, and administrators to address matters of law and associated issues that affect African-American life and culture.
This year’s gathering “A Focus on the Judiciary,” will bring together three African-American federal district judges—all distinguished alumni of American University Washington College of Law—to participate in a discussion with two constitutional law professors on how the law historically and presently relates to the African-American community. Participants in the discussion will include:
- The Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee ‘76, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- The Honorable Margaret B. Seymour ‘77, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
- The Honorable Reggie B. Walton ’74, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Lia Epperson, professor, American University Washington College of Law
- Darren Hutchinson, professor, American University Washington College of Law
The fourth jurist to be recognized, the Honorable C. Darnell Jones, ‘75, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is unable to attend. However, he will be included in the honors at the annual dinner and awards ceremony that traditionally end the Woods Conference program.
The conference will also feature a “Clerkshop,” a workshop on securing judicial internships and clerkships, and a networking reception.
Media inquiries should be directed to Megan Smith, (202) 274-4276.
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