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March 31, 2023 RAPID RESPONSE

Racial Justice and Economics

Racial and economic justice in our economy are conjoined twins—we cannot address one without the other. Though racist economic measures particularly impact African Americans, history confirms their negative impact crosses racial lines. The predominant zero-sum idea that economic progress for people of color comes at white expense is wrong. This program explores the contemporary interconnection of race and wealth on the ground in American communities, and pathways forward to finally breaking the unholy bond between them.


  • Brian G. Gilmore – Senior Lecturer of MLAW Programs, University of Maryland
  • Wilson Adam Schooley – Attorney, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program; 2018-19 Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Liaison to the ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline
  • Cary Martin Shelby – Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law


  • Justin Hansford – Professor of Law, Howard University Law School; Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, Howard University Law School 


Cary Martin Shelby Presentation

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Summit Supporters: Truist, Georgetown University Law Center, DC Bar, American Tax Policy Institute, ABA Section of Taxation, Hip Hop Caucus, Francine J. Lipman & James E. Williamson, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming

Summit Co-Sponsors: ABA Business Law Section, ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, ABA Young Lawyers Division

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