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.