The Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Annual Meeting

Outside view of the east side of the Indiana Tech Law School

Indiana Tech Law School and the Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Inc. are pleased to invite you to join us April 3 to 5, 2014 in Fort Wayne, Ind., for our annual meeting, “Rethinking Critical Scholarship Amid Cultural and Professional Transformations.”

Our meeting this year will host a panel on the impact of the contraction in the legal job market on the legal academy from the perspective of minority deans.  Further, our theme is intended to encompass a variety of legal subjects, but our paper submissions will be wedded by a common thread:  an examination of current socioeconomic and cultural changes—whether in the legal job market, in politics, in criminal justice in light of “stand your ground,” etc.—and a prism into how these transformations affect or should affect critical scholarship.  By “critical,” we intend that the conference not only entertain papers from critical race scholars, but rather from scholars who write in the tradition of rigorous analysis of legal problems unbounded by normative traditions with the objective of bringing about progressive change for populations that are often harmed as much as protected by the law.

Our committed keynote speakers include NYU Law Professor and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, United States District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, and the first woman of color President-elect of the American Bar Association Paulette Brown.  Also, the Washington University St. Louis Law Review and the Indiana Law Review (IUPUI) have both committed to publishing several articles that emerge from MWPOC 2014.

The MWPOC is well known for its robust schedule of work in progress presentations where critical yet supportive feedback is offered on all papers delivered. 

The event begins with registration at 5 p.m. and reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, and ends on Saturday, April 5, after a full day, including panel, keynote address, and Works in Progress presentations. The Works in Progress presentations will take place on April 4 and April 5.

Registration for MWPOC 2014

  • $125 per person, registration completed by April 3, 2014
  • $150 per person, registration after April 3, 2014 and onsite.

Registration can be made by credit card via Eventbrite at the following link:

If paying by check, please make payable to the Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Inc. and mail to:

andré douglas pond cummings
Indiana Tech Law School
1600 E. Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN  46814

Hotel Information

Courtyard Marriott Fort Wayne Downtown
$109 per night (Indiana Tech rate)
Click here for reservations


Works-In-Progress Articles