TMLS Symposium: The Case for Reparations in America

The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society at Texas Law hosts its annual symposium on February 21, with panels and discussion on the ethical, political, and legal implications of reparations. The day’s programming, organized by 2019-20 chapter president Amber Magee, will take place in the Sheffield Massey Room and will feature Texas Law Prof. Mechele Dickerson and LBJ School Prof. Peniel Joseph, along with visiting scholars from Washington University, the Graduate Center CUNY, the University of Connecticut, and the University of California San Diego.

T.M.L.S. is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding this year, culminating in a gala dinner on February 22, at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on campus. The United States District Judge Alfred H. Bennett ’91 will give the keynote.

The schedule for the symposium is below. For more information, or to reserve a place, visit the symposium’s Eventbrite page.




Keynote – 10:00am – 11:00am

The Ethics and Politics Behind Reparations

Professor Peniel Joseph – LBJ School of Public Affairs


Panel 1 – 11:00am – 12:00pm

The Moral Justification for Reparations

John Torpey – The Graduate Center CUNY

Adrienne Davis – Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Roy Brooks – University of San Diego School of Law


Panel 2 – 12:15pm – 1:30pm

The Practicality of Reparations

Bernd Reiter – University of South Florida

Thomas Craemer – University of Connecticut 

Mechele Dickerson – University of Texas School of Law

*Lunch will be served from 12:00pm – 12:15pm*


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