Title VII at 50
Professor of Law
Director, The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic
St. John’s School of Law
Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law
Director, NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law
Dorothy Day Professor of Law
Executive Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law
St. John’s School of Law
Friday, April 4, 2014
School of Law
8000 Utopia parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Saturday, April 5, 2014
New York University School of
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY
About the Symposium
The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation that fundamentally altered
the landscape of employment relations by prohibiting discrimination
based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. It is
part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which also barred
discrimination in public accommodations, public facilities and
voting. By its enactment, notions of equality were more deeply
embedded in United States public law.
On April 4-5, 2014, the St. John’s Law Review, the
Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development and the
St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law,
in conjunction with NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, The
Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development,
the St. John's Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the St.
John’s Center of International and Comparative Law, will host a
two-day symposium commemorating this important milestone, which
will feature panelists and speakers who will assess the past,
present and future of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
Invitation to Participate
The symposium invites scholars and practitioners to participate in
a multi-disciplinary evaluation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Among the topics, we will consider the following:
- What are the historical origins concerning Title VII’s passage
- Has Title VII lived up to its promise in eradicating
discrimination? Has the progress been at the same pace in the
employment sector as compared to education, housing, voting, and
- Are the protected categories of “race, color, religion, sex and
national origin” analyzed similarly under the Court’s
interpretation of Title VII?
- Should Title VII’s protected categories of “race, color,
religion, sex and national origin” be changed to eliminate
categories or expanded to include other classes of individuals or
groups who are not currently protected?
- Has Title VII brought about any important cultural,
sociological and societal changes?
- Are there any aspects of Title VII, which require reform such
as, but not limited to, the analysis of disparate treatment versus
intent, the use of arbitration clauses to adjudicate employment
discrimination claims, the statute of limitations on bringing civil
rights claims, or the scope of the anti-retaliation clause, which
has been interpreted by many courts to deny protection to those
involved in internal investigations?
- How does the Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University
of Texas impact the maintenance of employment diversity in the
- Has Title VII served as a basis for international notions of
equality and nondiscrimination?
- How are the workplace equality remedies, which address
discrimination claims, implemented differently in the United States
as compared to other countries?
The complexity of any discussion of Title VII makes it
impossible to capture the many issues and areas that it implicates.
Accordingly, we welcome submissions that do not fall within the
topics outlined above, but still fall within the general scope of
If you would like to participate in the symposium as a speaker,
panelist or paper contributor, please submit your curriculum vitae
and an abstract of 250 words or less through our
online abstract submission form by October 1,
2013. Selected participants must submit their finished
papers to SJUTitleVII@gmail.com by
February 1, 2014.To include a broad range of
papers, we ask that they be limited to a maximum of 8,000 words,
exclusive of footnotes. All papers should be cited according to
traditional journal conventions.
Publication opportunities will be available in the:
If your submission is not selected to be presented at the Title
VII at 50 Symposium, you may also have an opportunity to publish
your manuscript in the above law journals.
These journals take pride in having successfully published keynotes
and academic papers from numerous symposia and conferences. In
2012-13, the journals and affiliated academic centers hosted the
To learn more about this symposium and call for participation,
please contact either St. John's Law Review Symposium Editor May
Mansour at email@example.com
or Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development Symposium and
Executive Articles Editor Stephanie Rainaud at firstname.lastname@example.org.