The JRRGC Spring Symposium will focus on the disparate effects of COVID-19 on low-wage workers and minority-owned small businesses, and consider how the pandemic will shape future employment law and policy.

The Symposium will consist of two panel discussions with renowned legal scholars and advocates. Information on the general topics, speakers, and registration links are below:

Wednesday, February 23, 5:00 – 6:30pm: Evaluating the Disparate Effects of COVID-19 on Low-Wage Workers & Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Day 1 Registration Link: Panelists will include: Doctor Devon Payne-Sturges, Nzingha Hooker, Professor Praveen Kosuri, and Professor Lynnise Pantin.

Thursday, February 24, 5:00 – 6:30pm: Reimagining the Future of Employment Law and Policy in a Post-Pandemic Society

Day 2 Registration Link: Panelists will include: Professor Llezlie Green, Nzingha Hooker, Christopher Dews, and Doctor Thad Williamson.

The panel on the 23rd will examine how the pandemic has impacted the health, safety, and earnings of low-wage workers and small businesses. The panel on the 24th will discuss what employment laws and policies are currently in place; how effective these were in protecting workers during the pandemic; and, if ineffective, what can be done to make law and policy better going forward. Embedded within this Symposium will be a discussion of the role socioeconomic status, race, and gender play in employment law and policy. Each panel will be followed by a Q&A session. We hope to see you at one or both panels!

Please Note – Recordings of all presentations will be made available after the final presentation. Check back later for that information.

Browse the contents of University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class Symposia:

Looking Back, Thinking Forward: A Discussion of COVID-19’s Impact on the Rights and Protections of Workers and Small Business Owners
Focus on Justice in 2020: A Symposium on Expanding Access to Justice and the Legacy of Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., March 3, 2020
Immigration Issues in the 2016 Election: Be Informed and Vote, October 27, 2016
Gideon at Fifty: Fulfilling the Promise of Right to Counsel for Indigent Defendants, March 22, 2013
Children at Risk: Examining the Nexus Between Race, the Juvenile Justice System, and Public Education, November 9, 2012
Cannabis: A Viable Treatment for Veterans with PTSD? April 12, 2012
Protecting Our Children: A Critical Look at LGBT Youth and Anti-Bullying Policy, November 11, 2011
Domestic Violence: Causes, Prevention, and Advocacy, April 6, 2011
Confronting Islam: Shari'ah, the Constitution, and American Muslims, November 5, 2010
Constitutional Challenge to California's Proposition 8, March 24, 2010
Problem Solving Courts: A Conversation with the Experts, November 6, 2009
A Powerful Electorate?: The Impact of Election Law on American Democracy, October 16, 2008
Maryland Legal Services Corporation 25th Anniversary Symposium: Recognizing Twenty-Five Years of Accomplishments and Setting an Agenda for the Future, October 11, 2007
Past Symposia