Spring 2014 Title VII Symposium

Title VII at 50

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; landmark legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. 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, hosted a two-day symposium commemorating this important milestone, featuring panelists and speakers who assessed the past, present and future of Title VII.  

Topics included:

  • The historical origins of Title VII and its current effectiveness
  • Reforms or amendments of Title VII in terms of its scope, implementation or interpretation
  • Important cultural, sociological, and societal changes wrought by Title VII

Presenters included: 

  • Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission;
  • Paulette Brown, President-Elect, American Bar Association;
  • Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York;
  • Rev. Dr. Floyd  H. Flake, former Congressman, 1986-1997; 
  • Basil Paterson ’51, Partner, Meyer Suozzi, Deputy Mayor, NYC 1978;
  • Charles B. Rangel, Member of Congress, United States House of Representative



Watch video of the two day event:

Day 1 at St. John's

Day 2 at NYU