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Critical Race Theory and the Legal System

Session 2: 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM  |  Room 302

Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct, and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies. This panel will discuss the implications of race in representing and serving clients in legal proceedings, including systemic racism in the courtroom and bias from the bench. The panel will explore the structural roadblocks our clients face when we represent them in various areas of the law and how we as attorneys and legal services providers can address these roadblocks.


  1. Prof. Yvette Pappoe, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
  2. Linda Morris, ACLU Women’s Rights Project
  3. Hon. Angela Eaves, Court of Appeals of Maryland


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