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Danielle Holley-Walker ─ Examining Anti-Critical Race Theory Legislation

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

True North Classroom, Stephen Robert ‘62 Hall, 280 Brook Street, or watch live on Watson's YouTube channel.

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In the wake of the protest movement after the killing of George Floyd in the Summer of 2020, we have seen a legislative backlash to this anti-racist movement. Nine states have passed legislation that purport to be anti “critical race theory”. This talk will examine the way these statutes define “critical race theory”, the history of statutes that attempt to ban books and certain viewpoints, and the legal challenges to these anti-critical race theory statutes.

Addressing Global Racism
Watson Distinguished Speaker Series

Danielle Holley-Walker is the Dean of Howard University School of Law. Dean Holley-Walker is a scholar of education law and civil rights, and an expert on diversity in the legal profession and higher education. Dean Holley-Walker holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard University, and she was a law clerk to Judge Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Dean Holley-Walker joined Howard Law in 2014 as the dean and a professor of law. She teaches a wide variety of classes, including Legislation and Regulation, Inequality and Education, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Federal Courts, and Leadership for Lawyers. Her scholarship focuses on the governance of public schools, increasing access to higher education, and diversity in the legal profession. Dean Holley-Walker has won numerous awards, including: the inaugural American Association of Law Schools Impact Award, the American Bar Foundation’s Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Distinguished Alumni Award, the Lutie Lytle Conference Outstanding Scholar Award, the National Bar Association’s Heman Sweat Award, and the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award. She was twice awarded the Outstanding Faculty Member award during her time at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Dean Holley-Walker serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and on the board of the Howard University Middle School for Math and Science. She is a Liberty Fellow through the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also a fellow with the American Council of Education.  Prior to joining the Howard faculty, Dean Holley-Walker was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Education Law at the University of South Carolina. Prior to her career in academia, Dean Holley-Walker practiced civil litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas.