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"Separate and Unequal": The Insular Cases, Race, and Discrimination in U.S. Territories


Oct 19, 2021 04:40 PM

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The Hon. Leevin T. Camacho
Attorney General @Government of Guam
The Hon. Leevin T. Camacho was elected as Attorney General in 2018. Prior to that he worked in private practice, handling over 100 criminal cases and over 15 appeals to the Supreme Court of Guam. He has also litigated several land rights and environmental justice cases as well as a national lawsuit seeking to extend voting rights to U.S. citizens living in the territories.
Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus
George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History @Columbia Law School
Professor Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus, a Puerto Rican raised on the island, is a national expert on the legal issues surrounding the constitutional history and political status of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. Before becoming a Columbia Law Professor, Ponsa-Kraus clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes on the Second Circuit and for Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Adriel I. Cepeda Derieux
Senior Staff Attorney @ACLU
Adriel Cepeda grew up in Puerto Rico and is a senior staff attorney in the ACLU Voting Rights Project. He has served as amicus counsel in a number of high-profile cases involving constitutional issues impacting Puerto Rico and other territories. He also is also a leading scholar and commentator on these issues. He clerked for Judge Juan R. Torruella on the First Circuit and Judge Theodore A. McKee on the Third Circuit.
Neil C. Weare
President and Founder @Equally American
Neil Weare grew up in Guam and is President and Founder of Equally American, which advocates for equality and civil rights for the 3.5 million citizens in U.S. territories-98% of whom are racial or ethnic minorities. In addition to litigating these issues, he frequently testifies before Congress and provides commentary for national publications on the territories. He has taught legal seminars on the Law of U.S. Territories at Yale and Columbia, and is the co-author of a forthcoming casebook on the subject, the first of its kind.
The Hon. Karl A. Racine
Attorney General @District of Columbia
The Hon. Karl A. Racine is the District of Columbia’s first elected Attorney General. He helped lead an amicus brief before the Supreme Court that brought fifteen states and DC alongside Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands to stand together in support of extending SSI benefits to all citizens, regardless where they live. His commitment to equal justice was inspired by his parents, who fled authoritarian rule in Haiti to start a better life in the United States, and by the lawyers of the Civil Rights Movement, who used the law to make positive social change.