27oct11:00 am1:00 pmBlack Hair, Big Law SymposiumBlack Law Students Association, George Mason University

Event Details

The Black Hair, Big Law Symposium will discuss the controversial question, “Is natural black hair compatible with working in big law?”

Held at the George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School, American Bar Association President, Deborah Enix-Ross will headline the event. Enix-Ross is only the second African-American woman to head the ABA, the national voice of the legal profession, responsible for establishing academic standards for law schools and setting the code of ethics for the legal profession.

Another celebrated notable includes British law professor Leslie Thomas, KC, who recently authored his autobiography, “Do Right and Fear No One.” Thomas, a civil liberties expert, who has voiced opposition to the English legal tradition of wearing a barrister’s wig in court, will speak on the topic, “Why my barrister’s wig is culturally insensitive.”

Attendees will also enjoy a conversation with law professors Patricia Broussard of FAMU and Shelly Page of Southern Illinois University on “Policing our bodies: The Expectations and Professionalism of Black Hair in Law.”

The symposium kicks off on Thursday October 27th at 11AM with compelling original quantitative graduate research concerning black hair trends, the amount of money black attorneys spend on hair care and the percentage of black attorney who receive negative comments about their hair. This is followed by poignant, thought-provoking video clips about attorneys choosing to wear their hair natural at work. Lawyers, law students and hundreds of other legal eagles will learn from the top minds in law.

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George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School

3301 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201


(Thursday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm