Legal Practice and the Legal Profession: the transnational activism of women lawyers of colour
28 Mar 2017, 18:00 to 28 Mar 2017, 20:00
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR
Speaker: Dr. Gwen Jordan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Legal Studies Department University of Illinois Springfield; IALS Visiting Fellow 2016-17.
Edith Sampson, a black woman lawyer from the United States, was an international activist in the mid-twentieth century. She used her position within women’s NGOs and within US and international government agencies to unite women of colour across the globe. She met with women lawyers in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South America and helped to build transnational coalitions of women. These women used their collective voice and their social and political capital to influence domestic and foreign policy in a manner that would advance the rights and dignity of women of colour around the world.
Dr. Gwen Jordan is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Legal Studies Department at the University of Illinois Springfield and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the IALS. She is also a part-time staff attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project where she represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted and is spearheading a policy reform initiative. Jordan’s scholarship focuses on the history of women lawyers’ local, national and international social justice activism. She is currently analyzing issues of race identity and strategies women lawyers of colour developed throughout the twentieth century to overcome legal and political discrimination at the intersection of race and gender.
REGISTRATION: This seminar is free but those wishing to attend are asked to book in advance.
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