Friday, September 30, 2022
The Rhode Island district court—whose five judges are white—uses similar rhetoric in its description of the conference. The session on critical race theory, it says, "explores how the political, legislative, economic, and cultural system that has historically given white people significantly greater power and material resources has fundamentally shaped our courts and legal system." Other sessions include "Diversity in the Workplace Including Law Firms" and "The (Court) Room Where It Happens: Role of the Federal Judiciary as an Arena for Civil Rights and Racial Justice."
Each scholar on the critical race theory panel has defended the theory's core tenets at length. Carbado participated in a 2011 symposium for the Connecticut Law Review, "Critical Race Theory: A Commemoration," and James delivered a presentation in 2020 on "the link between racist, anti-black policing and racist, anti-black education." Onwuachi-Willig, meanwhile, has written several academic articles on critical race theory, including "Celebrating Critical Race Theory at 20" in 2009 and "The CRT of Black Lives Matter" in 2022.