Howard Law Hosts Law Symposium in Honor of 150 Years Since Founding


WASHINGTON (April 9, 2019)— In 1869, the Howard University School of Law set out to train lawyers with a strong commitment to establishing and preserving the rights of Black Americans. As a result of that mission, the Howard University School of Law has become a top-producer of African-American lawyers, and is known for the significant role that Howard Law School faculty, students, and alumni have played at the highest levels of social justice advocacy and leadership in all areas of the legal profession. In honor of 150 years since the law school’s founding, Howard School of Law will host a Sesquicentennial Symposium on Friday, April 12 featuring discussions with top legal experts.

“Howard Law’s Sesquicentennial Symposium will highlight the excellence of Howard Law alumni, faculty, and students,” says Danielle Holley-Walker, dean of Howard University School of Law. “We look forward to welcoming back alumni from all over the country to reflect on their time at Howard, and for our community to envision what is on Howard Law’s agenda for the next 150 years.”

The Sesquicentennial Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Moot Court Room at Howard Law’s campus located at 2900 Van Ness St., NW. The day-long symposium will include a series of roundtable discussions and panels open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the law school. The event is free and open to the public.

The program schedule is as follows:

  • Howard Law in Academia Roundtable: 9-10 a.m.

    Moderated by Howard Law School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lisa Crooms-Robinson

  • Howard Law Leaders in Public Office: 10:15-11:15 a.m.

    Moderated by University of Baltimore President Kurt Shmoke

  • Howard Law Women in Leadership: 11:30 a.m.-12:30p.m.

    Moderated by Howard Law School Dean Danielle Holley-Walker

  • Lunch Begins (Sessions Continue): 12:45 p.m.

  • Howard Law Outside the Law – HH3: 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

    Moderated by University of New Hampshire Law Professor Tonya M. Evans

  • Social Engineers –HH4: 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

    Moderated by Howard Law Professor e. christi cunningham  

  • Howard Law Impact on the Corporate World: 2-3 p.m.

    Moderated by Howard Law School Associate Professor Matthew Bruckner

  • Howard Law Judges: 3:15-4:15 p.m.

    Moderated by the Hon. Alexander Williams

  • Criminal Justice Reform Roundtable: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

    Moderated by Howard Law School Associate Professor Lucius T. Outlaw III

To see the full symposium program, visit:

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About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit

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