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Call for Papers -Title VII at 50 - St. John's University 

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation that fundamentally altered the landscape of employment relations by prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. It is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which also barred discrimination in public accommodations, public facilities and voting. By its enactment, notions of equality were more deeply embedded in United States public law.

On April 4-5, 2014, the St. John’s Law Review, the Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development and the St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law, in conjunction with NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, the St. John's Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the St. John’s Center of International and Comparative Law, will host a two-day symposium commemorating this important milestone, which will feature panelists and speakers who will assess the past, present and future of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Invitation to Participate
The symposium invites scholars and practitioners to participate in a multi-disciplinary evaluation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among the topics, we will consider the following:

What are the historical origins concerning Title VII’s passage and implementation?
Has Title VII lived up to its promise in eradicating discrimination? Has the progress been at the same pace in the employment sector as compared to education, housing, voting, and public accommodations?
Are the protected categories of “race, color, religion, sex and national origin” analyzed similarly under the Court’s interpretation of Title VII?
Should Title VII’s protected categories of “race, color, religion, sex and national origin” be changed to eliminate categories or expanded to include other classes of individuals or groups who are not currently protected?
Has Title VII brought about any important cultural, sociological and societal changes?
Are there any aspects of Title VII, which require reform such as, but not limited to, the analysis of disparate treatment versus intent, the use of arbitration clauses to adjudicate employment discrimination claims, the statute of limitations on bringing civil rights claims, or the scope of the anti-retaliation clause, which has been interpreted by many courts to deny protection to those involved in internal investigations?
How does the Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas impact the maintenance of employment diversity in the United States?
Has Title VII served as a basis for international notions of equality and nondiscrimination?
How are the workplace equality remedies, which address discrimination claims, implemented differently in the United States as compared to other countries?

The complexity of any discussion of Title VII makes it impossible to capture the many issues and areas that it implicates. Accordingly, we welcome submissions that do not fall within the topics outlined above, but still fall within the general scope of the symposium.

Submission Guidelines
If you would like to participate in the symposium as a speaker, panelist or paper contributor, please submit your curriculum vitae and an abstract of 250 words or less through our online abstract submission form by October 1, 2013. Selected participants must submit their finished papers to SJUTitleVII@gmail.com by February 1, 2014.To include a broad range of papers, we ask that they be limited to a maximum of 8,000 words, exclusive of footnotes. All papers should be cited according to traditional journal conventions.

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