Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rep. Rosa DeLauro to Open 24th Liman Colloquium with Keynote

Rosa DeLauro

Rep. Rosa DeLauro will be the keynote speaker for the Liman Center for Public Interest Law’s 24th annual colloquium, “Coping with Unimaginable Challenges and Exploring New Opportunities,” which begins on Thursday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. After a welcome from Dean Heather Gerken, DeLauro, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, will be in conversation with Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law and the Center’s Founding Director.

“Congresswoman DeLauro is a unique and powerful voice in Congress,” Resnik said. “She has been at the forefront fighting for working families, for children, for ending poverty, and for equality.”

One of DeLauro’s signature issues has been to lift children out of poverty. She has championed the Child Tax Care Credit for almost two decades. DeLauro first introduced legislation to create this tax credit in 2003. The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act includes a major expansion of DeLauro’s idea by increasing the amount of the credit and making it available to families whose incomes do not require paying taxes.

DeLauro has represented Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes her home of New Haven, since 1990. As the new Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, she heads the committee with one of the broadest jurisdictions of any in Congress: overseeing funding across the federal government. DeLauro also chairs the committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Education Appropriations Subcommittee. In addition, she sits on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Joining the Liman Center in welcoming Congresswoman DeLauro are Yale Law School’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, First Generation Professionals, Latinx Law Students Association, Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association, South Asian Law Students Association, Women of Color Collective, and Yale Law Women.

The Liman Center convenes its colloquium annually to bring together scholars, policymakers, and students from across the country.. This year’s program explores the lessons garnered from a year of pain, loss, and disruption for public interest lawyers, as current and past Liman Fellows have been remarkably useful in surmounting the challenges of COVID-19 to help people and communities around the United States.

The Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law promotes access to justice and the fair treatment of individuals and groups seeking to use the legal system. Through research projects, teaching, fellowships, and colloquia, the Liman Center supports efforts to bring about a more just legal system. Since 1997, the Center has supported more than 160 Yale Law School graduates as Fellows working in the public interest.