2012 Thurgood Marshall Symposium

Posted: Fri, 02/03/2012 - 08:54

Attorney and federal defender Carlos Williams will be the keynote speaker for the annual Thurgood Marshall symposium at Cumberland School of Law Thursday, February 9.  The program will begin at 11:00 AM in the Carroll Moot Courtroom followed by a reception in the Great Room in Robinson Hall.  This event is open to the public and free of charge.


The theme of the program is “Race Matters: A conversation about how the racial composition of a jury affects trial proceedings and a defendant’s outcomes.”

The Thurgood Marshall symposium is named to honor the first African-American to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Cumberland’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) hosts the symposium annually during Black History Month to promote awareness of legal issues involving minorities.

Nannie Reed, a second-year law student from Los Angeles, California, is the chair of this year's symposium.