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Race and Property Law (Zoom Program)
Tuesday, February 8, 2022|4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST
Moderated by Land Court Judge Robert B. Foster
As part of the FJI Author Series, Georgetown Law Professor K-Sue Park will talk about her important article “Race and Property Law,” which examines the racial roots of American property law. In this virtual program, Professor Park will discuss with participants the role of slavery and seizure of Native American lands in the history of the American property law system. She will talk about why these issues are not taught in first-year property law and why property remains a major driver of racial inequality. Reading material will be circulated to registrants prior to the program.
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About Professor K-Sue Park:
K-Sue Park’s scholarship examines the development of American property law and the creation of the American real estate market through the histories of colonization and enslavement. She teaches first-year Property and a seminar entitled Land, Dispossession, and Displacement. Previously, she was the Critical Race Studies Fellow at UCLA School of Law and an Equal Justice Works Fellow and staff attorney in El Paso, where she investigated predatory mortgage lending schemes as part of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s foreclosure defense team.
Park earned her B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa honors from Cornell University, where she was a College Scholar, her M.Phil with Distinction in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, where she was a Javits Fellow. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea in 2003. In 2015, her article, “Money, Mortgages, and the Conquest of America” won the American Bar Foundation’s graduate student paper competition and the Association for Law, Culture and the Humanities’ Austin Sarat Award, and was selected for the Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop. Her publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, The University of Chicago Law Review, The History of the Present, Law & Social Inquiry, and the New York Times.
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