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Julianne Malveaux
THE ANNUAL SADIE T.M. ALEXANDER Commemorative Conference attracted not one, but two high-profile speakers to address issues facing the black community.

Julianne Malveaux, an economist, author, syndicated columnist and commentator who often appears on national television programs, was the keynote speaker. She spoke about the lessons African-Americans can learn from Sadie Alexander, the first black woman to graduate Penn Law School. Carol Moseley Braun, former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand, offered political perspectives in a discussion moderated by Assistant Professor of Law Wendell Pritchett.

Wharton Professor Georgette Chapman Poindexter, who holds a joint appointment with Penn Law, was moderator of a panel on why minority lawyers get off the partner track. Another panel, moderated by Howard Lesnick, Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law, looked at the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education on its 50th anniversary. Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law, made closing remarks.

The conference began 16 years ago to honor Sadie T.M. Alexander, who, after graduating from Penn Law, became the first black woman to practice law in Pennsylvania and the first to be elected president of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

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