2013 - Thurgood Marshall Symposium

Event Date: 

“Confronting Modern Barriers to Civil Rights Advocacy in America”

 Presented By: Black Law Students Association

Thurs., Feb. 28, 11 a.m.—12 p.m.

There will be a free reception after the event.

Location: John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom Cumberland School of Law

Free event/open to the public
Provides one
free hour of CLE credit

Campus Map/Directions

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Registration is NOT required; however, if you know you are attending please send us a quick email to give us an idea of the expected attendance: blsa@samford.edu.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Tanya Hernandez, Fordham University School of Law 

Be our guest at Cumberland School of Law for a lively one-hour conversation with Professor Tanya Hernandez, an internationally recognized civil rights scholar, as she compares historic and contemporary civil right struggles in the United States to civil right struggles in Latin America. Professor Hernandez is the author of Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law, and the New Civil Rights Response (Cambridge University Press). On Feb. 28, from 6–7 p.m., Professor Hernandez will be at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for a community meet and greet.

The Thurgood Marshall Symposium is an annual event hosted by the Black Law Students Association [BLSA] at Samford University’s Cumberland School of law. The purpose of the symposium is to provide students, attorneys and the public critical information about legal issues affecting minorities. The members of BLSA are excited to bring Professor Hernandez to campus.

This year marks the 19th year of the Thurgood Marshall Symposium’s existence. This is a momentous year for the symposium and in the life of our nation as we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. In the past 50 years, many civil rights movement events have laid the foundation for our laws. In addition, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution.


Additional information about Professor Tanya Hernandez

CLE Materials

Hate Speech in Latin America

"Post-Racial" Future of Critical Race Theory: A Brazil—U.S. Comparative Case Study

A link to the excerpt from her book, Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law, and the New Civil Rights Response


 A link to the transcript and radio interview with Prof. Tanya Hernandez on affirmative action in Brazil: 


A link to the transcript of Diversity Executive interview with Prof. Tanya Hernandez on racial discrimination in Latin America and the U.S.:


Event Location(s): 
Moot Courtroom