Law Review Symposium
Chapman Law Review Symposium

ยป The Annual Chapman Law Review Symposium

Every spring since 1999, Fowler School of Law's Chapman Law Review has hosted its annual Law Review Symposium. Topics are selected to challenge participants to confront pressing legal issues from a variety of perspectives. Panelists have included distinguished scholars, judges and practitioners.

2020 Symposium

1920-2020: The Effects of Women’s Suffrage 100 Years After Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Friday, January 24, 2020
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Kennedy Hall, Room 237

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As we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, opportunity is afforded us to reflect not only on the significance of the ratification itself, but also on how the 19th Amendment acted as a catalyst for women’s equal integration in all aspects of society.

Chapman Law Review has dedicated its live symposium and Spring 2020 law review issue to this noteworthy topic. The live symposium will have a ternary focus: history of the suffrage movement, challenges to voting rights, and the current state of gender equality.


9:15 a.m.: Check-in and breakfast

9:45 a.m.: Opening remarks

10 a.m.: Panel 1 - History of the Suffrage Movement

This panel will focus on the origins of the suffrage movement, the key components of its progression, some obstacles overcome along the way, and the immediate impacts felt after ratification.

  • Dr. Susan Goodier, lecturer of history, SUNY Oneonta
  • Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay, historian, Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery

These panelists collaborated on a book, Votes for Women: An American Awakening, which was published earlier this year.

11:30 a.m.: Lunch

12 p.m.: Keynote address by Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

1:15 p.m.: Panel 2 - Challenges to Voting Rights

This panel continues the story from the days following the passage of the 19th Amendment through to present day, and expands the scope of examination to voting rights for all people, not just women.

  • Steven J. Mulroy, professor, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Dr. Jean Schroedel, professor of political science, Claremont Graduate University
  • Daniel Tokaji, associate dean for faculty, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

3 p.m.: Panel 3 - Current State of Gender Equality

This panel will look at some of the issues that parallel the women's suffrage movement of the past by addressing topics where gender inequalities persist today and discussing possible steps we can take for a better future.

  • Leigh Creighton Bond, Feminist Women's Health Center
  • Dr. Lori Cox Han, political science professor, Chapman University
  • Jane Stoever, director, UCI Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Monika Taliaferro, attorney, District of Columbia

4:30 p.m.: Closing remarks

4:45 p.m.: En Banc (Kennedy Hall Lobby)

Previous Keynote Speakers

  • United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
  • Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean
  • Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III
  • Steven Schwarcz, Stanley A. Star Professor of Law and Business, Duke University
  • Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
  • Michael Flaherty, President of the film production company Walden Media