2020 has placed the fight for racial equality in the spotlight with the Black Lives Matter movement and the tragedy of COVID-19. These events have surfaced the harsh realities people of color face every day, including in the workplace. As advocates, we must be equipped to recognize and respond to the nuances of our clients’ situations and the power of this moment. Join our experts to learn about cutting-edge issues in race and national origin discrimination cases, how to respond to common defenses, discrimination and intersectionality, how to combat implicit and explicit bias, and much more.

We may not have
chosen the time,
but the time has
chosen us.”

– The Honorable John Lewis

NELA Is Excited To Welcome Vincent M. Southerland As Our Fall Seminar Keynote

VincentSoutherlandHeadshot-220.jpgVincent M. Southerland joined the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law as its inaugural Executive Director in February 2017. He has dedicated his career to advancing racial justice and civil rights. Vincent comes to NYU Law after serving as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York since 2015.  Prior to his time at the Federal Defenders, Vincent spent seven years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where he was a Senior Counsel.  While at LDF, he engaged in litigation and advocacy at the intersection of race and criminal justice, including the successful representation of people sentenced to death across the American South and children sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. He also led LDF’s advocacy efforts around race and policing, and was lead counsel in school desegregation and employment discrimination matters. Vincent previously served as a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders, and an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.  He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore McKee, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Vincent holds an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center, received his JD from Temple University School of Law and his BA from the University of Connecticut. He serves on the boards of The Bail Project, the Federal Defenders of New York, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.


Early-Bird Ends October 9

NELA Members: $325
Legal Services/Public Interest Attorneys: $275
Government Attorneys: $275
Paraprofessionals: $275
Law Student Members: $100
Non-Members: $475
Non-Member Law Students: $125



Scholarships are available through The Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program, a project of The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute). Based on financial need, scholarship awards will cover the cost of the seminar registration fee. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 2, 2020.



  • Interactive Q&As With Presenters
  • Evening Moderated Discussions
  • Film Screening: The Undocumented Lawyer

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