Anthony Varona (Miami), Communion: Envisioning and Executing the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference — The Largest Ever Gathering of Minority Law Scholars, 55 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 761 (2020):
This article was written in honor of the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, held at the American University Washington College of Law in 2019. It reviews the landmarks in the history and development of the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Considering the spread of racism and xenophobia across the country, the importance of this conference and its contributions to increasing diversity in the legal academy and legal scholarship as a whole cannot be understated. The article discusses efforts and strategies in envisioning, planning, and executing the fourth national conference.
I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Professor Solangel Maldonado, both in this symposium issue of the HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS-CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW and as chair of the Host and Planning Committee for the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Professor Maldonado chaired the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, hosted at Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010, and I had the privilege of chairing the Host and Planning Committee for the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (“NPOC19”), hosted and presented by American University Washington College of Law from March 21st through 24th, 2019.
The Fourth National appears to have been the largest gathering of minority law scholars in history, bringing together approximately 600 attendees, over 350 speakers, 110 conference events, and ten publishing partners.2 NPOC19 attracted so much attention that the conference hashtag—#NPOC19—turned out to be the most tweeted hashtag in the Washington, D.C. region at the height of the conference on Saturday afternoon, March 23rd.
As discussed by Professor Maldonado in her article, the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference was a tremendous success, attracting nearly 500 legal academics, judges, and practitioners for a sophisticated and rich conference spanning four days in Newark, New Jersey. The Third National, as Professor Maldonado notes, resulted in the publication of some fifty articles that were workshopped or otherwise presented at the conference.