"Recognizing" the Black Family: Structural Racism's Obstacles to Kinship, Wealth and Prosperity
Part of the Examining Structural Racism segment of the UB Law in Focus Discussion Series
Imagine giving birth to a child whom you have no right to raise or care for. Imagine losing your family home because the laws and legal system did not permit you to protect your children's inheritance. Imagine the state taking your children away from you because you are struggling financially.
On Oct. 27, 2020, this panel, composed of experts in family law, trusts and estates law, and child welfare law, addressed the ways in which current family structures and wealth ownership result from legal pathways created for white people, and the resulting obstacles for Black people.
Panelists included UBalt Law Prof. Margaret Johnson , who teaches family law and has directed the Bronfein Family Law Clinic; UBalt Law Prof. Sheldon Lyke , who teaches Critical Race Theory and Trusts and Estates; and Shanta Trivedi , former UBalt clinical teaching fellow in the Bronfein Family Law Clinic, and now a clinical teaching fellow in the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown Law Center.
Our moderator was UBalt Law alumna Reba Letsa, J.D. '19 , an associate with Baker Donelson.
Associate Dean of Experiential Learning
Associate Professor of Law
Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown Law Center
Reba Letsa, J.D. '19
Associate at Baker Donelson
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