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SESW 2015 will be on March 19-22, 2015 in Durham, NC

Join us for SESW 2015 on March 19-22, 2015 at North Carolina Central University Law. The conference theme is “The Pipeline: Preparing Prospective Students for Law School, Law Students for Law Practice and the Next Generation of Law Professors.” SESW 2015 Conference Chair, Professor Brenda D. Gibson, welcomes you to Durham, NC.


Save the Date for the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal  Scholarship Conference’s 2015 meeting “The Pipeline: Preparing Prospective Students for Law School, Law Students for Law Practice, and the Next Generation of Law Professors.
The host institution, North Carolina Central University School of Law, and the conference chair, Professor Brenda D. Gibson, welcomes you to Durham, NC. Watch this space for more information on SESW 2015.


Hotels and Travel

Welcome to Raleigh/Durham

Watch this space for hotel and travel information to SESWPOCC 2015 hosted by North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Registration Coming Soon for SESW 2015

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As a non-profit organization, the SESW People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference greatly appreciates monetary as well in-kind donations. All conference sponsors will be recognized on the conference website and in the official conference program.  Please contact Professor Jane Cross, Conference Treasurer, if you would like to contribute to the 2015 conference.

1. Be a General Supporter

There are several levels of monetary sponsorship:

  • “Benefactor” with a contribution of $2,000 or more
  • “Patron” with a contribution of $1,500
  • “Supporter” with a $1,000 donation
  • “Friend” with a $500 donation

Your sponsorship will be publicly recognized and commended in the Conference program, on the Conference websites and during the Conference events.

2. Be a Student Writing Award Benefactor

We welcome donations in any amount to our Student Writing Competition awards. Your gift will be recognized at the conference, and you will receive an acknowledgement for your donation.

 3. Host a Break, Luncheon or Breakfast

Consider hosting a breakfast, luncheon, or coffee break. All conference attendees and presenters are invited to your sponsored meal, and your sponsorship will be recognized in our program and at the event.

4. Become an In-Kind Sponsor

The 2015 SESW Conference accepts in-kind goods. If you would like to advertise your company and/or the services your company provides, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so.

Student Writing Competition

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COMING SOON: The Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference sponsors a student writing competition each year that is open to all students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the academic year. Typically, entries will be a scholarly paper fit for publication in a law review (20-page length minimum).

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2013-2014 academic years. The student must be a current J.D. candidate.

FORMAT: Entries should be a scholarly piece fit for publication in a law review. Entries should follow standard footnote formatting, including Bluebook (19th or newer edition) citation form. All entries must be submitted in English. Each entry should be no less than 20 pages and no more than 25 single-sided double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font. Entries containing endnotes or including appendices or supplemental material will not be considered. Published papers or papers already accepted for publication are ineligible. Each student may submit only one entry. Entries should be the sole work of the author and should not yet have undergone editing by others. Editing includes any significant revision as well as technical or substantive review of citations. Informal support, such as general comments on preliminary drafts, is permitted. All entries must be submitted electronically in either Word or PDF format. The student is responsible for confirming receipt of his/her submission. Technical errors on the student’s end will not be the basis for extending the submission deadline.

JUDGING: All competition papers will undergo a blind review process from the writing competition panel. Therefore, entrants should not include their name or the name of their school on the competition paper itself. Instead, participants must submit a cover page indicating their name, school, permanent address, and telephone number.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please contact Assistant Professor M. Victoria Taylor at or Linh K. Dai at


Information coming soon on our annual opportunity for scholars to present their works in progress (WIPs) and receive invaluable feedback on their articles from a reviewer and conference participants.  WIPs can address any topic or subject area and we encourage broad participation.  We look forward to receiving your WIP abstracts and thank you in advance for your participation and willingness to serve.  Please let us know if you have any questions and let others who might be interested know about this opportunity.