The Journal of Law in Society 2016 Symposium:

A Tribute to Professor Emeritus Edward J. Littlejohn and His Work with Race, Racism, and the Law

Friday, March 11

This year, The Journal of Law in Society Symposium paid tribute to Professor Emeritus Edward J. Littlejohn's scholarship, work in the city of Detroit and time on the Law School faculty. Littlejohn is one of the leading experts on African-American legal history, played an instrumental role in the implementation of the Detroit Police Commission and served on the Law School faculty during tumultuous times in the 1970s. The symposium featured panels reflecting each of these three topics.



  • Opening remarks
    • Editor-in-chief Rachel MyungThe Journal of Law in Society
    • Professor Peter J. Hammer, director, Wayne Law's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
    • Judge Damon J. Keith, LL.M. '56, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Keynote address
    • Professor Emeritus Edward Littlejohn
  • Panel 1: The Past, Present, and Future of Michigan's Black Lawyers and Judges
    • Hon. Dennis Archer, chairman emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC
    • Hon. Dalton Roberson, retired Wayne County Circuit Court judge
    • Hon. Denise Page Hood, chief judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • Moderator: Wayne Law Assistant Professor Blanche Cook
  • Panel 2: The Struggle for Racial Diversity in Legal Education
    • Carl Edwards, '74, partner, Edwards & Jennings P.C.
    • Ericka Jackson, '97, WSU director of undergraduate admissions and former Wayne Law assistant dean of admissions and student affairs
    • Michael Steinberg, '89, legal director, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
    • Moderator: Wayne Law Distinguished Professor Robert Sedler
  • Panel 3: Citizens' Efforts to Hold Police Accountable for Misconduct
    • Julie Hurwitz, partner, Goodman & Hurwitz P.C.
    • Barbara McQuade, U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan 
    • Yusef "Bunchy" Shakur, owner, Urban Network
    • Moderator: Wayne Law Assistant (Clinical) Professor Eric Williams
  • Closing remarks
    • Professor Peter J. Hammer, director, Wayne Law's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
    • Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson
    • Symposium Director Sean Riddell