Recent Presentations

Presenter, “The Opportunity Gap Through the Lens of Race, Gender, Class and History,” Education Grantmakers Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Apr., 2018

Panelist, “Martin Luther King, Jr.: Life, Loss, Legacy,” Harvard University, Apr., 2018

Panelist, “MLK50 Symposium: Where Do We Go From Here?,” University of Memphis, Apr., 2018

Introductory Speaker, Book Talk with Richard Rothstein, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard Law School, Mar., 2018

Moderator, “Children Can’t Wait: Why Congress Should Declare a Federal Right to Public Education,” by Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard Law School, Mar., 2018

Moderator, “How to Publish an Article: A Panel on the Craft of Law and History,” Law and History Program’s Spring Reception with Deborah Gershenowitz and Steven Schaus, Harvard Law School, Mar., 2018

Moderator, “The Descendants: From Slavery to Jim Crow to Dark Ghettos, A Call for 21st Century Abolition,” by Sheryll Cashin, Francis Biddle Memorial Lecture, Harvard Law School, Feb., 2018

Faculty Speaker, “Your Harvard: Washington, D.C.,” Harvard University, Washington, D.C., Nov. 2017

Introductory Speaker, “Building Bridges to the Future: Education as a Path to Social Mobility,” Third Biennial Symposium: The Enduring Legacy of Charles Hamilton Houston, Harvard Law School, Nov., 2017

Speaker, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement Book Talk, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta, GA, Nov., 2017

Keynote Speaker, “The Long Resistance,” Plenary Lecture, American Society for Legal History, Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, Oct., 2017

Co-Chair, “Harvard Law School and Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Lawyering: Examining the Past, Charting the Future,” Harvard Law School in the World Bicentennial Summit, Oct., 2017

Chair/Presenter, “Feminist Legal Biography Group,” American Society for Legal History, Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, Oct., 2017

Co-Moderator, Program in Law and History Reception, Harvard Law School, Oct., 2017

Introductory Speaker, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America Book Talk with Professor Nancy MacLean, Harvard Law School, Oct., 2017, available at

Speaker, "A Celebratory Symposium Honoring Charles J. Ogletree," Harvard Law School, Oct., 2017, available at, quoted here

Keynote Speaker, “Great Lawyer-Jurists and the Call to Service,” Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, NY, Sept., 2017

Co-Moderator, Justice Thurgood Marshall Panel Discussion, Harvard Law School, Sept., 2017, available at

Speaker, "Redefining the Role of the Prosecutor within the Community," Introductory Remarks, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard Law School and ACLU of Massachusetts, Cambridge, MA, June 17, 2017, available at

Panelist, "Historians in Court," Plenary Panel, Organization of American Historians, New Orleans, LA, Apr. 6, 2017, available at

Panelist, "Judicial Decisionmaking, Lawyering, and Identity,” The Legacy of Constance Baker Motley: Education, Equality, and The Law in The United States Today Symposium, Columbia Law School, the Columbia Law Review, and Just the Beginning—A Pipeline Organization, New York, NY, Mar. 31, 2017

Presenter, "The Woman Who Would Not be Put Down: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality," Radcliffe Fellows Presentation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Mar. 27, 2017

Moderator, “DOUGLASS! DOUGLASS! Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why, and Why Now?” by Professor David Blight, Biddle Memorial Lecture, Harvard Law School, Nov. 9, 2016, available at

Moderator, Filming Screening: “The Trials of Constance Baker Motley” with Joel Motley, Harvard Law School, Nov. 4, 2016, available at

Presenter, "Social Movements and Social Change in Twentieth Century America," Diversity and U.S. Legal History Series, Harvard Law School, Nov. 2, 2016, available at

Presenter, Feminist Legal Biography Group, American Society for Legal History, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 27, 2016

Panelist, “What’s in a Name? The Naming and Symbolism Controversy on University Campuses," Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming, Yale University, Sept. 26, 2016, available at

Panelist, “Representations, African American Women’s Leadership, Personal and Political,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, Apr. 8, 2016

Panelist, “The 14th Amendment,” Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale Law School, Mar. 31, 2016

“On Being First: Judge Constance Baker Motley and Social Activism in the American Century,” Chair Lecture, Harvard Law School, Mar. 30, 2016

Moderator, “Justice Louis D. Brandeis: Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of His Confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Mar. 23, 2016

“‘The Civil Rights Queen’: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Racial and Gender Equality in America,” Donald L. Hollowell Lecture, University of Georgia, Mar. 17, 2016

“The Honor and Burden of Being First: The Life and Times of Constance Baker Motley,” Inaugural Fleming-Morrow Distinguished Lecture in African-American History, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Mar. 10, 2016

Headline speaker, MLK Hall address, Roxbury Latin School, Jan. 14, 2016

Presenter, Legal History Workshop, Michigan Law School, Dec., 2015

Featured Presenter, National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching American History Workshop, Georgia State University, “The Problem of the Color Line,” Atlanta, Ga, July, 24-26, 2015

Panelist, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Annual Judicial Conference, “Reconstruction,” June 25, 2015

Presenter, Yale Law School Joint Legal Theory/Legal History Workshop, Apr., 2015

Presenter, Legal History Workshop, Boston College, Mar., 2015

Redemptive Struggle in the Black and Jewish Experiences: What the Civil Rights Era Teaches, Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA, Feb. 8, 2015

Faculty Workshop, Race and Gender at Work in the Life of Judge Constance Baker Motley, Stanford Law School, Jan. 2015

Yale Women Symposium, Panelist, “A Code of Law for Equal Rights: Gender Diversity,” Yale University, Nov. 4, 2014

Fulton Lecture in Legal History, University of Chicago Law School, May, 2014

Panelist, American Constitution Society, Annual Convention, Washington, DC, “Race and the Law in 2014: Still Separate and Unequal,” June, 2014,available at

Panelist, Roundtable Discussion, “Redefining Equality and the Civil Rights Movement,” National Constitution Center, May, 2014 (with Bruce Ackerman, Steven Calebresi and Jeff Rosen), available at  

Panelist, “Two Americas in Healthcare: Federalism and Wars over Poverty from the Great Society to Obamacare,” Drake University Constitutional Law Center, Annual Symposium, Apr., 2014

Presenter, Constance Baker Motley: Race and Gender at Work, Federal Judicial Center Meeting, April, 2014

Presenter, Constance Baker Motley: Race and Gender at Work, Boston University Law School, Faculty Workshop, Apr., 2014

Guest Lecturer, Women Writing Women’s Lives Workshop, New York, New York, Dec., 2013

“After Affirmative Action:” More Profound Education Reform, Skadden Arps Honors Program Lecture, City University of New York, Dec., 2013

Panelist, “Higher Education Fifty Years after the Civil Rights Act,” University of Chicago Law School Symposium, Nov., 2013

“Constance Baker Motley and the Integration of Federal Judiciary,” Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, Apr. 2013  

Gilder Lehramn Institute for American History Lecture, Apr., 2013

African American Studies and History Center Annual Lecture, University of South Carolina, Apr., 2013

Jemison Visiting Professor in the Humanities Lecture, University of Alabama, Mar., 2013

Phillip Pro Lecture, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Feb., 2013

“Race, Gender and Class at Work”: Constance Baker Motley at the Bar and on the Bench, University of Miami School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, Feb., 2013