Paul Robeson Conference and Gala
Columbia Law School's Black Law Students Association hosts the Paul Robeson Conference and Gala. The annual event, which has been held since the mid-1990s, celebrates the life of Paul Robeson '23. Robeson is one of the Law School’s most notable and respected alumni who dedicated his life to excellence in scholarship, civil rights, athletics, and the performing arts.
Through the years, the conference has featured panel discussions on a range of legal issues. At the gala, BLSA recognizes a distinguished alumni with an award and the organization's current leadership discuss their latest initiatives with attendees.
2016 Paul Robeson Conference- " The Troubled Relations: Restoring Our Communities"
The Columbia Black Law Students Association and the Columbia Journal of Race and Law are proud to present the 2016 Paul Robeson Conference: “The Troubled Relations: Restoring Our Communities." This past year, events across the country and world demonstrated to us all that troubled relations exist in many of our communities. There are troubled relations in our neighborhoods between citizens and law enforcement, on our campuses between students and administrators, and in our rights as citizens between the wealthy and working classes. As the dual nature of its title indicates, the goal of this year’s conference is to explore both these fractures in our communities and also the potential ways to rebuild stronger communities for us all.
The Conference panels will focus on: 1) Restorative Justice Practices that Rebuild Communities 2) Restoring Our Campus Communities 3) The Arts, Citizenship, and Communities, 4) Rapid Change: Gentrification and Communities of Color, and 5) People of Color in Media.
Speakers will include: Reinaldo Rivera, Jr. (National Program Manager, Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice), Rose Hackman (Journalist for The Atlantic and The Guardian), Glenda Smiley (Chief of Staff/Executive Assistant to Founder/CEO of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!), and David Lat (founder of Above the Law)
The conference will take place on Saturday, February 27th from 8:30am - 5pm in 104 Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome. A continental breakfast as well as lunch will be served. A happy hour and mixer will follow at Amity Hall Uptown, 982 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025. To register, please visit: http://robesontroubledrelations.eventbrite.com/.
22nd Annual Paul Robeson Gala - February 26, 2015
Columbia BLSA is proud to present the Twenty-second Annual Paul Robeson Gala. This year's Gala will take place at the Columbia Club of New York on Thursday, February 25, 2016 beginning at 6pm.
It is our pleasure to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Janice Tudy-Jackson '92, Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and head of Collaboration & Conflict Management Consulting.. We are also pleased to announce that Theodore "Ted" Shaw '79 will be our alumni honoree. Ted Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill as well as the Fifth Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
The 21st Annual Paul Robeson Gala was held on February 26, 2015 at the Columbia Club. BLSA honored U.W. Clemon '68, Alabama's first black gederal judge. Alum Della Britton Baeza '78, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, delivered the Keynote Address.
On April 7, 2014 BLSA held its 20th Annual Paul Robeson Gala at the Columbia Low Library. BLSA honored Maya Wiley ’89, the new counsel to New York City at the Gala. Wiley commended BLSA for continuing to uphold the spirit and conscience of Paul Robeson ’23, said Maya Wiley ’89
Kristen Clarke '00, Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau at the NY Attorney General's Office delivered the Keynote Address.
The 19th Annual Paul Robeson Gala was held on April 25, 2013 at the Columbia University Club of New York in midtown Manhattan. Michèle Stephenson '95 received the BLSA's Distinguished Alumni Award. A documentary filmmaker, Stephenson recently won the Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for her film American Promise, which follows her son and his friend’s journey through the private and public education systems in New York City.
Josef Sorett, a Columbia assistant professor of religion and African-American studies, served as the keynote speaker. Sorett's scholarship at Columbia focuses on the intersections of religion and black communities and cultures in the U.S. His works have been featured in The New York Times, Culture and Religion, The Washington Post, and numerous other journals and publications.
The 18th Annual Paul Robeson Gala was held on April 12, 2012 at the Columbia Club of New York. The organization recognized Peter C. Harvey '82 as the distinguished alumni honoree. Harvey, who has worked as a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, is a former attorney general for New Jersey.
The keynote speaker was David N. Dinkins, Professor in the Professional Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.