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Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity

Conference Participants

Alice Kessler-Harris

R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Columbia University

Dr. Kessler-Harris specializes in the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender. She received her B. A. from Goucher College (1961) and her Ph.D. from Rutgers (1968). Her published works include: In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (2001); Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (1982); A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences (1990); and Women Have Always Worked: A Historical Overview (1981). She is co-editor of Protecting Women: Labor Legislation in Europe, Australia, and the United States, 1880-1920 (1995) and U.S. History as Women's History (1995). Some of Kessler-Harris' essays in women's labor history are collected in Gendering Labor History (2007). Her most recent book is A Difficult Woman: The Challening Life and Times of Lillian Hellman (2012).

Elizabeth Albiston

Civil Attorney, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc.

Elizabeth Albiston is a civil attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she represents prisoners in civil rights and tort trial litigation with an emphasis on sexual abuse, mental health treatment, and long-term solitary confinement. For the past four years, she has been working with a group of courageous female prisoners to litigate against widespread sexual abuse by prison guards, eventually winning a state-wide settlement that requires the North Carolina prison system to undergo massive policy changes and monitoring to reduce sexual abuse. Ms. Albiston is also pro bono counsel to Internationalist Books and Community Center and the Internationalist Prison Books Collective in Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and UNC School of Law.

Suzanne Buckley

Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina
J.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Suzanne Buckley is the Executive Director at NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. Suzanne has over a decade of experience working for reproductive rights and social justice. Suzanne first worked as a political organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2003. She gained additional political and organizing experience running statewide and down-ballot electoral campaigns in North Carolina. Suzanne went on to work for the Wake County Democratic Party and serve as a legislative aide in the North Carolina Office of the Governor before attending law school at UNC.

Prior to joining NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Suzanne clerked for the Honorable Judge James A. Wynn, Jr. at the NC Court of Appeals and practiced at Tharrington Smith LLP in Raleigh. Her practice focused on domestic litigation, mediation and appellate advocacy. She was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine, lectured at the Family Law Annual Meeting of the NC Bar Association and authored the case law updates for the Family Law Section's quarterly publication. Suzanne has engaged in pro bono work through Legal Aid of North Carolina, 4ALL, the UNC School of Law and Campbell Law, helping victims of domestic violence and families seeking legal assistance with custody and domestic law issues. Suzanne is a graduate of UNC School of Law and Smith College.

She lives in Durham with her husband and her dog.

Lynn Burke

Attorney, member of the Benevolence Farm Advisory Council

Lynn M. Burke received her Bachelor of Social Work from North Carolina State University in 2006, a Paralegal Certification from Meredith College in 2007, and a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2010. She passed both the North Carolina and District of Columbia Bars, and in 2012 was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lynn is also a two time convicted felon who served almost two years in prison after she was convicted of false pretense. On February 9, 1990, Lynn was released from the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women, with community service parole. Her parole officer picked her up and drove her home to her four children.

After struggling to find employment and eventually starting her own floral delivery business, Lynn returned to college in 2003 and gradually found her self-esteem that was taken from her in prison. After her graduation from law school, Lynn has dedicated her time and efforts to tell her story so that others might find the courage to try and follow their dreams too.

Along with her motivational speaking, Lynn volunteers on the Board of Directors for Summit House, on the Advisory Panel for Benevolence Farm, as a mentor for the Job Start Transitional Program, and also with Community Success Initiative. She is an active member of the Second Chance Alliance and proudly assisted the NC Justice Center in advocating for the passage of the first expungement law for adult felons in North Carolina.

Lynn will always say that her greatest achievement is the success of her four children. Her son James, “Jimmy”, has a Bachelor Science in both Accounting and Information Technology from NCSU, and works as a Raleigh Police Officer. Her twin daughters Cristin and Candice each have a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her youngest daughter Courtney has a Bachelor of Social Work from NCCU and is now a Certified Dental Assistant. Lynn is also the proud grandmother of two girls, Journey (3) and Cassidy (2), who call her MiMi because she feels she is too young to be a grandmother.

Maxine Eichner

Reef C. Ivey II Professor of Law, UNC School of Law

Maxine Eichner joined the faculty of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in January 2003. Her teaching interests include sex equality, family law, legal theory and torts. She writes on issues at the intersection of law and political theory, focusing particularly on family relationships, social welfare law and policy; sex equality; and the relationship of the family, the workplace, and market forces.

Professor Eichner attended Yale College and Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, she held a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship through Georgetown Law School, clerked for Judge Louis Oberdorfer in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and then clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She subsequently practiced civil rights, women's rights, and employment law for several years at the law firm of Patterson, Harkavy, and Lawrence in Raleigh, N.C. She then entered graduate school in the political science department at UNC, eventually earning a Ph.D. in political theory while on the law school's faculty. In the course of her Ph.D. study, she held a fellowship in public affairs at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia.

Professor Eichner is the author of The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals (Oxford University Press, 2010). The book considers the role that government should play in dealing with families and the dependency issues that families face. She is also an editor of Family Law: Cases, Text, Problems (eds., Ellman, Kurtz, Weithorn, Bix, Czapanskiy, and Eichner, 2010). Currently, she is a Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission's Visitation and Custody Issues Affecting Military Personnel and Their Families Committee. In May, 2012, she won the Van Hecke-Wettach Award for scholarship from UNC School of Law for her book, The Supportive State.

Avory Faucette

Director of Operations, National Center for Transgender Equality

Avory Faucette is a queer feminist activist, writer, and public speaker. Zie graduated from the University of Iowa with a JD in 2009, focusing on international human rights and gender/sexuality issues in the law. Hir current work focuses on queer identity, policy, and marginalized identities under the queer umbrella. As a genderqueer person, Zie comments frequently on non-binary identity, transgender and genderqueer issues, and media coverage of these populations.

Avory is Director of Operations at the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington, D.C. Hir work has been featured at Ms. Magazine Online, RH Reality Check, Feministe, and Feministing and zie writes regularly at Radically Queer, Gender Across Borders, and Girl w/ Pen. Zie is published in the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice and hir work will appear in two upcoming anthologies. Zie is also a graduate of the Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices program and has won numerous social justice awards.

Shannon Gilreath

Professor for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law
Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Wake Forest University

Shannon Gilreath is nationally recognized as an expert on issues of equality, sexual minorities, and constitutional interpretation. His books include Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today (2006) and The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation (2011) (Cambridge University Press). His innovative casebook, Sexual Identity Law in Context: Cases and Materials, published by Thomson-West (2007) (2nd ed. with Lydia Lavelle, 2011) is designed to put the law concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into a social context. An advocate of interdisciplinary study, he regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Sexual Identity and Law , Freedom of Religion, and Gender and the Law in the law school, as well as various other topical seminars in the law school and in the university's Women's and Gender Studies department, where he enjoys an appointment as core faculty. He is an active speaker for gay rights causes, frequently consults on cases, and has been widely cited in journals and the popular press.

Fatima Goss Graves

Vice President for Education and Employment, National Women's Law Center

Fatima Goss Graves is Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women's Law Center, where she works to promote the rights of women and girls at school and in the workplace. Ms. Goss Graves advocates and litigates core legal and policy issues relating to at-risk girls in school, including those that impact pregnant and parenting students, students in a hostile school climate and students participating in athletics. She further works to advance equal pay for equal work, expand opportunities for women in nontraditional fields, and ensure the development of fundamental legal principles of equal opportunity. She uses a number of advocacy strategies in her work on these issues ranging from public education and legislative advocacy to litigation, including briefs in the Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an appellate and trial litigator at Mayer Brown LLP. She began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ms. Goss Graves is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and Yale Law School.

Schree Greene

Social Justice Advocate, Member of the Board of Directors of Our Children’s Place

Schree Greene is originally from Creedmoor, North Carolina. She received her BA in Africana Women’s Studies and Entrepreneurship from Bennett College. Mrs. Greene is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organizations, Our Children’s Place and the NC League of Conservation Voters. Currently, Schree works as an outreach coordinator for the Gathering Place Project, an initiative of the African American Heritage Commission and the Department of Cultural Resources that will provide statewide assistance in growing knowledge, skills, and abilities for museum practitioners.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Ph.D., English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies, Duke University

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a prayer poet priestess and has a Ph.D. in English, African and African-American Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University. Alexis is the founder of Brilliance Remastered, a service to help visionary underrepresented graduate students stay connected to purpose, passion and community, co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Project, a national experiential archive amplifying generations of Black LGBTQ Brilliance, and the community school Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader's 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, was awarded a Too Sexy for 501-C3 trophy in 2011 and is one of the Advocate's top 40 under 40 features in 2012.

Joan Krause

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
Professor (Secondary Appointment), Department of Social Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Professor Krause received her B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Yale University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. with Distinction from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Senior Articles Editor for the Stanford Law & Policy Review. Before attending law school, Professor Krause worked as a medical writer/editor in the pharmaceutical industry. After law school, Professor Krause clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. As an Associate in the Health Practice Group of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. in Washington, D.C., Professor Krause’s work focused on regulatory and administrative health care matters, with an emphasis on health care fraud and abuse. After starting as Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1997, Professor Krause joined the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center as Associate Professor in 2001 and was appointed George Butler Research Professor of Law in 2005. Professor Krause served as Associate Director and then Co-Director of the University of Houston Health Law & Policy Institute from 2003- 2009. She joined the faculty of UNC School of Law in 2009 and was named Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in 2011 and Associate Dean for Faculty Development in 2012. Professor Krause teaches the Health Law survey courses, Criminal Law, Fraud & Abuse, and Women & Health Law. Her research interests include health law, criminal law, and women and the law.

Gene Nichol

Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
Director, Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity

Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley Distinguished professor of law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina. From 2005-2008, he was president of the College of William and Mary. Nichol was Burton Craige professor and dean of the law school at UNC (1999-2005); law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995); and Cutler professor and director of the Bill of Rights Institute at William & Mary (1985-1988).

Nichol is co-author of FEDERAL COURTS (West, 2011) and contributing author of WHERE WE STAND: Voices of Southern Dissent (2004). He has published essays in the Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Michigan, Penn, California, Duke and Virginia law reviews; been political columnist for the Rocky Mountain News; and hosted a public affairs television show, Culture Wars, for KBDI in Denver. He's been a monthly op-ed writer for the Raleigh News & Observer for over a decade, and publishes frequently in The Progressive Populist. He has also written for The Nation, the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In 2003, Nichol received the ABA's Edward Finch Award for delivering the nation's best Law Day address. In 2004, he was named Carolina's Pro Bono Professor of the Year. The next year, Nichol was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor; and Equal Justice Works named him Pro Bono Law Dean of the year. In 2008, he received Oklahoma State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award; the "Courage To Do Justice Award" from the National Employment Lawyers Association; and the Thomas Jefferson Award, for courage in the defense of religious liberty, from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Nichol attended Oklahoma State University, receiving a degree in philosophy (1973) and playing varsity football. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1976, graduating Order of the Coif.

Loretta Ross

Founder and National Coordinator, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

Loretta J. Ross was a co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network founded in 1997 of 80 women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. Ms. Ross is an expert on women’s issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, human rights, and violence against women. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this affects social change and service delivery in all movements.

Ms. Ross was National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants. As part of a 35-year history in social justice activism, between 1996-2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia. Before that, she was the Program Research Director at the Center for Democratic Renewal/National Anti-Klan Network where she led projects researching hate groups, and working against all forms of bigotry with universities, schools, and community groups. She was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s, launching her career by pioneering work on violence against women.

She is the co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, written with Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, and Elena Gutiérrez, and published by South End Press in 2004 (awarded the Myers Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights), and author of “The Color of Choice” chapter in Incite! Women of Color Against Violence published in 2006. She has also written extensively on the history of African American women and reproductive justice activism.

She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University. She is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.

Rachel Seidman

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Southern Oral History Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rachel F. Seidman, Ph.D., combines publically engaged scholarship, leadership development, social entrepreneurship, teaching and mentoring. She co-founded and directed The Moxie Project: Women and Leadership for Social Change, and students in her class at Duke University created the worldwide internet campaign, Who Needs Feminism? In addition to teaching women’s history and activism, she is Associate Director of The Southern Oral History Program, one of the premier oral history programs in the country.

Seidman is a U.S. historian specializing in women's history. With a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Yale, Seidman is particularly interested in connecting history to current concerns through civic engagement and community-based research. The author of The Civil War: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press) and scholarly articles about women in the Civil War, Rachel was previously the Associate Director of the History, Public Policy and Social Change program at Duke University.

Hannah Shaw

Director, Girls Rock NC

Hannah Shaw is a nonprofit director and feminist activist living in Chapel Hill. Hannah holds a degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from George Mason University and has spent her career working to empower youth. Hannah spent several years providing crisis counseling to children and teenagers struggling with trauma, abuse, and neglect, and now works full time in the nonprofit sector. Since 2010 she has been a director of the feminist nonprofit organization Girls Rock NC, whose mission is to empowers girls, through creative expression, to become confident and engaged members of the community.

Kumi Silva

Assistant Professor, Interpersonal/Organizational and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Silva’s research is at the various intersections of feminism, identity and Identification, post-colonial studies, and popular culture. Her most recent work has appeared in Social Identities, South Asian Popular Culture, and Cultural Studies. Silva is also the author of several book chapters on race, global media, and film.

Jamila Taylor

Ph.D., MPA, Senior Policy Advisor, Ipas

Jamila K. Taylor joined Ipas as the organization’s representative in Washington, DC in 2009. Dr. Taylor is responsible for developing and advising Ipas staff on strategies for promoting laws and policies that ensure access to abortion, including public funding, among Washington-based advocates, Members of Congress, and the Administration. She has 16 years of public policy and advocacy experience, beginning her career as a congressional staff member in the late 1990’s. While working on Capitol Hill, Dr. Taylor was responsible for health and education issues—with very strong interests in the health and human rights of vulnerable populations, specifically reproductive health and rights among women of color. From 2007-2009, she worked as Senior Public Policy Associate for the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE). She has also worked on HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy for the AIDS Institute. Dr. Taylor has published and presented on a number of topics related to reproductive health and rights and public policy. Her most recent journal article focused on U.S. foreign assistance and President Obama’s Global Health Initiative, which was published in the Yale Journal of International Affairs (winter 2011). She received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD in Political Science from Howard University.

Daphne Vosberg

Student, Cary High School

Daphne Vosberg is a senior at Cary High School in Cary, NC. She is the co-founder of an Eco-feminist club, Inanna, and an active advocate for women's health, food justice, and radical environmental protection as they interrelate systematically. She has worked with organizations such as the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Full Circles Foundation, and Planned Parenthood and aspires to be a home-birth midwife and sexual health educator.

Deborah Weissman

Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law

Deborah M. Weissman is the Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law at the University Of North Carolina School Of Law. Her research, teaching, and practice interests include gender-based violence law, civil rights, immigration law, and human rights in the local and international realm. Some of her recent publications related to this conference include Law, Social Movements, and the Political Economy of Domestic Violence, (Duke J. of Gender, Law & Policy forthcoming); Feminism in the Global Political Economy: Contradiction and Consensus in Cuba, 41 Univ. of Baltimore Law Rev. 221(2012); Global Economics and Their Progenies: Theorizing Femicide in Context, in Terrorizing Women, Femicide in the Americas, (Rosa-Linda Fregoso and Cynthia Bejarano, eds., 2010 Duke Press); The Moral Politics of Social Control: Political Culture and Ordinary Crime in Cuba (with Marsha Weissman), 35 Brooklyn J. of Int’l L. 311 (2010); Gender and Human Rights: Between Morals and Politics in Gender Equality (Linda C. McClain and Joanna L. Grossman, eds. 2009); Domestic Violence in the Post-Industrial Household, In Violence against Women in Families and Relationships (Evan Stark and Eve Buzawa eds. 2009); The Personal is PoliticalB And Economic: Rethinking Domestic Violence, 2007 BYU L. Rev. 387 (2007); The Political Economy of Violence: Toward an Understanding of the Gender-Based Murders of Ciudad Juárez, 30 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Comm. Reg. 795 (2005). She has also collaborated with the Ministry of Justice in Havana, Cuba on issues related to domestic violence.

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