Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law’s Diversity and Social Justice Forum will host its 2016 symposium “Silenced Justice?” on November 4. The three-panel event will feature a special keynote address by Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association Paulette Brown.

The Diversity and Social Justice Forum Symposium brings diverse voices to campus to speak on important topics facing our broader community. This year’s symposium will address the politics of seeking asylum in the United States; the impact of and possible motives behind voter ID laws in light of changes to the Voting Rights Act; and the path toward equal protection for the transgender community. The event will be held in Kennedy Hall Room 237, from 1 to 7 p.m. The keynote address will be presented at a dinner immediately following the conclusion of the symposium panels.

“Academic topics require action to truly change, however incrementally, the world in which we live. Be it on the front steps of the law school to the broader Orange County area, there is nothing if not a more urgent need to ensure that voices actually representing the communities impacted in these select spheres be heard. Please join us in our discussion, our learning, and our effort to give voice and justice to those silenced.” – Diversity and Social Justice Forum

Keynote speaker Paulette Brown is a partner in the Morristown, N.J., office of Locke Lord LLP, where she is also co-chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. In addition to serving as President and Immediate Past President of the ABA, she has also been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1997 and is a former member of the ABA Board of Governors and its Executive Committee as well as the Governance Commission.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Fowler School of Law and the Office of the President of Chapman University.

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Above: Guests listen to panelists at last year’s Diversity and Social Justice Forum symposium