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Alabama Law Review Symposium: The Legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird

March 3 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

“The Legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird: Advocacy in an Unjust Society”
Co-Sponsored by Alabama Law Review and CLE Alabama (approved for 6.5 hours, including 1 hour of ethics)

Bedsole Moot Courtroom (140) (morning sessions)
McMillan Lecture Halls (287/288) (afternoon sessions)

The University of Alabama School of Law is pleased to announce the presenters for the symposium on The Legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird: Advocacy in an Unjust Society. Join us as the nation’s foremost experts on the intersection of law and literature discuss the moral import of Lee’s work. The symposium, sponsored by the Alabama Law Review, is 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Friday, March 3 in the Bedsole Moot Court Room.

8:30 – 9:00      Welcome and Introduction (Bedsole Moot Courtroom (140))

Dean Mark Brandon, University of Alabama School of Law

Aaron Smith, Editor–in-Chief, Alabama Law Review 


9:00– 10:00      Session I (Room 140)

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

The Life and Legacy of Harper Lee

Wayne Flynt, Historian/Author

Moderator: Aaron Smith, Alabama Law Review


10:00 – 10:15  Break


10:15 – 11:30  Session II (Room 140)

“Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were,

yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along.”

The Cross-Examination of Mayella Ewell

Richard McAdams, University of Chicago

Moderator: Leslie Bacon, Alabama Law Review


11:30 – 12:30  Lunch Break


12:30 – 1:45    Session III (Rooms 187/188)

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”

Enacting Social Change through Literature

John Grisham, Harper Lee Prize Winner


Moderator: Dan Wharton, Alabama Law Review


1:45 – 2:00     Break


1:50 – 2:20      Mr. Grisham will meet with the Media (Samford Reading Room (284))


2:20 – 2:50      Mr. Grisham will be available for book signing with faculty, staff, and students


2:00 – 3:15      Session IV (Rooms 187/188)

“Cry about the simple hell people give each other- without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people too.”

Implicit Bias in the Courtroom 

Devon Carbado, UCLA


Moderator: Mary Caroline Wynn, Alabama Law Review


3:15 – 3:30      Break


3:30 – 4:45      Session V (Rooms 187/188)

“Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.”

Beyond Atticus Finch: Lawyering in an Unjust Society Panel

Anil Mujumdar, Zarzaur Mujumdar & Debrosse

Judy Cornett, University of Tennessee

Robert Atkinson, Florida State University College of Law


Moderator: Sloane Bell, Alabama Law Review


4:45 – 5:15      Overview and Commentary (Rooms 187/188)

Professor Jenny Carroll, The University of Alabama School of Law


March 3
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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