January 24, 2019

On Friday, March 8, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review will host its 103rd Annual Symposium. This year’s symposium titled “Women and the Law” coincides with International Women’s Day and focuses on past and present issues facing women within education, legislation, employment, reproductive rights and the #MeToo era. The symposium begins at 9:00 a.m. at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Jamie R. Abrams serves as the keynote speaker. Abrams is a professor and associate dean at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where she has published the articles: “The #MeToo Movement: A Feminist Invitation to Critique the Crisis Framing of Sexual Assault Responses” (University of Richmond Law Review), “The Polarization of Reproductive and Parental Decision-Making” (Florida State Law Review), and most recently, “The Legal Fracking of Immigrant Families” (forthcoming Harvard Law and Policy Review).

The symposium includes a speaker panel comprised of scholars and legal professionals from across the country to highlight and discuss the history, issues, as well as the future of women and the law. Panel speakers include:

  • Michèle Alexandre (Associate Dean and Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law)
  • Renee Allen (Professor, University of Tennessee Law School)
  • Catherine Archibald (Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)
  • Francine Banner (Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn)
  • Roxana Bell (Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)
  • Louis Cholden-Brown (Director of Policy, New York City Council)
  • John Cogan (Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law)
  • Rachel Van Cleave (Professor and Former Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law)
  • Wenwen Ding (Doctor of Juridical Science candidate, University of Virginia Law School)
  • Elizabeth Donovan (Professor, Ava Maria School of Law)
  • DeShaun Harris (Professor, University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law)
  • Wendy Hess (Professor, University of South Dakota School of Law)
  • Alicia Jackson (Associate Dean, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University)
  • Jessica Knouse (Professor, University of Toledo College of Law)
  • Carole Petersen (Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
  • Kirsten Silwanowicz (Assistant General Counsel, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation)
  • Pamela Wilkins (Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)

 “We are so excited to be able to present this timely and important topic, especially on International Women’s Day,” said Samantha Buck, Law Review Symposium director. “We are also thrilled to be able to honor Judge Denise Langford Morris with a portrait that will hang in our halls and serve as an inspiration to current and future students.”

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at A special reception will follow the symposium at 5:00 p.m., honoring a prominent and influential woman in the law, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris. A 1982 graduate of Detroit Mercy Law, Judge Langford Morris has served the law community for more than 30 years and continues to be a leader on and off the bench. A portrait of the Honorable Denise Langford Morris will be unveiled and displayed in the halls of the law school. The portrait is a gift from Detroit Mercy Law’s student organizations, including the Law Review, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Women’s Law Caucus, and Student Bar Association (SBA).