Tuesday, July 21, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
In this new, interactive format, four experienced legal professionals will discuss four recent books which address a range of issues related to race and identity. The panelists will discuss how the issues raised in the books relate to bias and diversity in the legal profession. Attendees are encouraged to read the books ahead of time.
Originally presented April 16, 2019
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”
– Marla R. Butler; Robins Kaplan LLP; Minneapolis
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms.
– Sarah Oquist; Sapientia Law Group; Minneapolis
There, There: A Novel, by Tommy Orange
What does it really mean to be an Indian/Native American/ American Indian/Native? Orange’s vivid debut novel allows a unique cast – ranging from teenagers to elders – to pull this question apart even as they add a modern layer of complexity: They live in the urban landscape of Oakland, California. The thrust of Orange’s cross-cut storytelling is not to force his characters onto a strict plot line but to explore the varied ways of being an Indian and, more important, of feeling like an Indian.
– Kesha L. Tanabe; Law Office of Kesha Tanabe; Minneapolis
So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.
– Elissa Meyer; Minnesota CLE; Saint Paul
* Book summaries from Amazon.com
Minnesota CLE has applied to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 2.0 elimination of bias credits. The maximum number of total credits you may claim for attending this program is 2.0 credits.
The course materials, consisting of Powerpoint presentations, will be provided electronically.