A Community Conversation Critical Race Theory (CRT): The Truth About the Movement
Hosted by the DEI Council
Friday, April 8, 2022
5:30PM – 6:30PM
Critical Race Theory has become a favorite talking point for those who claim that public schools are teaching children harmful, even dangerous ideas – and many people are listening, even if they’re confused about what CRT actually is. In this Community Conversation, Professors Shanda Sibley and Jen Lee explain CRT’s academic origin, what it is, and what it is not. They also examine the rising tide of legislation targeting books and lesson plans about race, racism, sexual orientation, and gender identity and how all of these efforts are interconnected.
Hosted by Associate Dean and DEI Liaison Donald Harris and the Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Donald P. Harris
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Liaison
Professor of Law
Donald P. Harris is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Liaison at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
A specialist in international intellectual property, Dean Harris joined Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2003, and teaches in the areas of intellectual property and commercial law. His courses include: Introduction to Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Patents, and Uniform Commercial Code: Sales. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he received the dean’s award for outstanding public service and the pro bono service award. Dean Harris also received an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin, as a Hastie Fellow, specializing in international intellectual property.
Prior to joining Temple, Dean Harris practiced intellectual property law, specializing in patent litigation, as an associate in the San Francisco office of Cooley Godward. Dean Harris has spoken at numerous symposia and colloquia, and has written numerous articles on international intellectual property, including articles discussing the international intellectual property treaty, Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Sheller Center for Social Justice
Shanda Sibley directs the Systemic Justice Clinic at the Sheller Center for Social Justice, where she works with law students on issues related to the collateral consequences experienced by individuals who have had contact with the criminal legal system.
Professor Sibley’s scholarship focuses on criminal law and procedure, as informed by critical legal and critical race theory. She is particularly interested in seeking out places where making relatively small procedural or administrative interventions can produce substantial substantive benefits to criminal defendants and the criminal legal system. Her interests grow out of her practice as an appellate criminal defense attorney, investigations of overlooked areas of procedural discrimination, and a scholarly concern with engaging in subject areas that will both center and amplify the interests of traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised communities.
Before joining the faculty of Temple Law, Professor Sibley was an acting assistant professor and the Associate Director of Lawyering at New York University School of Law. Prior to entering legal academia, she was an appellate public defender representing indigent criminal defendants on direct appeal and collateral proceedings in New York City. Her earlier experience includes litigation and transactional practice at two international law firms, and a clerkship for the Honorable Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Professor Sibley received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from New York University, an M.A. from The University of Chicago, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. In 2019, she was awarded the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award by NYU School of Law.
Jennifer J. Lee
Associate Professor of Law
Jennifer Lee directs the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic at the Sheller Center for Social Justice, where she works with law students to represent individuals and organizations on critical issues affecting low-income individuals in the region, with a particular focus on low-wage workers and immigrants. The clinic docket consists of employment cases at all stages of proceedings before the state and federal courts and the representation of grassroots organizations, legal nonprofits, and other entities involved in policy and legislative reform efforts, media advocacy, and community education. In conjunction with such partners, the clinic has worked on issues such as family detention, language access in the state court system, and temp workers. She received the Crystal Eastman Award for her clinic’s work on wage theft, including for the report Shortchanged, which exposes the problem of wage theft in Pennsylvania.
Lee’s scholarship focuses on low-wage workers and immigrant rights, with a special interest in the ways that immigration status intersects employment and labor rights. Her recent publications have examined immigrant workers and their social mobilization, the regulation of wage theft, and low-wage migrant workers and their participation in temporary visa worker programs (“guest worker” programs). In 2020, Lee received the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Minority Law Teacher’s Section of the AALS, which honors a junior faculty member for their activism, teaching, and scholarship. She also visited at the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City as a García-Robles Fulbright Scholar to work on issues confronting temporary visa workers and comparative child migrant detention policies and practices.
Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Lee was a farm worker attorney in Colorado and North Carolina, where she represented farm workers in wage and hour, civil rights, human trafficking, and immigration cases. For her work, Lee and her colleagues were awarded the Paul & Sheila Wellstone Award to Combat Human Trafficking and the Cesar Chavez Organizational Leadership Award. Earlier in her career she was a visiting clinical professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a staff attorney at the ACLU of Colorado, a Clifton Everett Fellow at Legal Aid of North Carolina, and a Staff Attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services. Lee clerked for the Hon. Franklin Van Antwerpen in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania following her graduation from law school.
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