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America Has A Colonies Problem: Constitutional Rights And U.S. Territories

America Has A Colonies Problem: Constitutional Rights And U.S. Territories

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America Has a Colonies Problem: Constitutional Rights and U.S. Territories

The Insular Cases, Racial Justice, and What Lawyers Need to Know

Free CLE Program for NYSBA  and Virgin Islands Bar Association Members

Co-sponsored by the Virgin Islands Bar Association

America has a blind spot when it comes to systemic racism. More than 3.5 million Americans – 98% of whom are racial or ethnic minorities – are disenfranchised and treated as second-class citizens simply because they live in one of five U.S. territories. The roots of America's colonies problem are the Insular Cases, a series of racist Plessy-era Supreme Court decisions that established a doctrine of "separate and unequal" status for territorial residents. This program will discuss the constitutional and legal history of U.S. territories and the Insular Cases. It will examine current legal issues facing U.S. territories in the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress. 

Speaker: Neil Weare, who grew up in Guam, is President of Equally American, the only advocacy organization fighting for equality in U.S. territories. He is a co-author of the forthcoming casebook Law of U.S. Territories, and has taught legal seminars on the territories at Yale Law School and Columbia Law School

Thank you to our program Sponsor!

Start Date:
  • June 17, 2021
Start Time:
  • 12:00 PM
End Time:
  • 1:00 PM
Areas Of Professional Practice Credit(s):
  • 1.0
Total Credit(s):
  • 1.0
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • 0KW31
Non-Member Price: $25.00
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Committee on Continuing Legal Education