The University of Memphis School of Law recently co-hosted a conference with the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission titled "Remaking America: 50 Years of Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964" on Friday, June 13, 2014. Professor Daniel Schaffzin,
Director of Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of Law, welcomed the attendees
and moderated a panel during the conference.
The impressive slate of panelists, speakers and participants included a number of
federal judges, local politicians, White House appointed administrators and prominent
attorneys, all speaking about the importance and commemoration or Title VII.
The keynote speaker for the event was Paulette Brown, president-elect of the American
Bar Association, who also participated in a panel focusing on "Issues Arising in Litigating
Title VII Cases" alongside Waverly Crenshaw, of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, and
Donald Donati, of the Donati Law Firm, and moderated by David McKinney, President
of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association.
A panel composed of several federal judges focused on "Best Practices for Litigating
Title VII Cases in Federal Court in 2014." This panel was moderated by Connie Lewis
Lensing, Senior VP of Legal for FedEx, and included the Honorable William J. Haynes,
Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge, Middle District of Tennessee, The Honorable Brian
S. Miller, Chief U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Tennessee, and the Honorable
S. Thomas Anderson, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Tennessee.
Additionally, the conference was proud to host David Lopez, the General Counsel for
the EEOC out of Washington, D.C., who participated in a panel alongside Katharine
W. Kores, the EEOC Director of the Memphis office, and Delner Franklin-Thomas, Director
of the EEOC Birmingham office. This panel focused on the Evolution of Title VII and
was moderated by Prof. Schaffzin.
Mayor AC Wharton gave welcome remarks to the audience and spoke at length before the
day's program began.