Emory Report
February 14, 2005
Volume 57, Number 19



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February 14, 2005
Daylong Thrower Symposium to focus on families, Feb. 17

BY Beverly James

Nationally renowned experts will explore how laws shape and define moden families during the 2005 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, “Families in the 21st Century: Changing Dynamics, Institutions and Policies,” to be held Feb. 17 from 8 a.m.– 4:15 p.m. in the School of Law’s Tull Auditorium.

The Thrower Symposium is part of an endowed lecture series sponsored by the family of Thrower (’36L) and hosted by the law school and the Emory Law Journal.

Featured speakers will include:

Frank Alexander, professor of law and director of the school’s Project on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He will discuss “The Housing of America’s Families: Moving Beyond Control, Exclusion and Privilege.” Alexander is the author of more than 30 publications; his work in recent years has focused on community development and affordable housing (see Alexander story). He also founded and co-directs the Law and Religion Program.

Nancy Dowd, co-director of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law Center for Children and Families, who will present “Founding Fathers and Nurturing Fathers: A Critique of Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Fatherhood.” Dowd has written extensively on fatherhood, single-parent families and family law.

Theodore Marmor, professor at the Yale School of Management, who will present “The American Welfare State and the 21st-Century American Family: Myths, Realities and Reflections.” Marmor regularly testifies before Congress about medical reform, Social Security and welfare issues. He also is professor of political science at Yale and an adjunct professor at Yale Law School.

Dorothy Roberts of Northwestern University School of Law, who will speak on “Privatization and Punishment in the New Age of Reprogenetics.” Roberts is an expert on the interplay of gender, race and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, motherhood and child welfare.

Marc Spindelman of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, who will discuss “Homosexuality’s Horizon,” drawing on his research on sex equality theory, queer theory and public health ethics.

The Thrower Symposium is free and open to the public; a reception will follow formal presentations. Attendees may receive up to five continuing law education (CLE) credits at a rate of $5 per hour. To register for CLE credits or for more information about the symposium, call 404-727-1842.