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March 3 Tuesday

Converting Corporate Social Responsibility - Elizabeth Sepper - Seminar in Private Law and Inequality

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 12:10PM - 1:35PM
  • SLB Room 122
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Professor Elizabeth Sepper (Texas Law) will lead a session titled Converting Corporate Social Responsibility. This is an open to the public session of the 2020 Seminar in Private Law and Inequality, organised by Professor Daniel Markovits and the YLS Center for Private Law. Lunch will be served. All are welcome, but to attend and receive the paper RSVP to private.law@yale.edu

Professor Elizabeth Sepper is a nationally recognized scholar of religious liberty, health law, and equality. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life healthcare and on conflicts over religion and insurance coverage. Her recent work focuses on legal theoretical and policy debates related to the antidiscrimination obligations of public accommodations—that is, businesses, social service providers, and membership organizations that are open to the public—under federal, state, and local laws. Professor Sepper’s articles appear in top journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and Harvard Journal of Gender & Law. Her article, Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates, on the issue of religious objections to gay rights won multiple awards, including the 2014 Dukeminier Award for best sexuality law scholarship. She is the editor of Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, & Elizabeth Sepper, eds. Cambridge Univ. 2017).

Sepper received her B.A. in History magna cum laude with distinction from Boston University. She received her LL.M. and J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she served as an notes editor of New York University Law Review. Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Marjorie Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, practiced human rights law with a focus on women’s rights, and was a Center for Reproductive Rights fellow at Columbia Law School. Prior to joining the Texas faculty, she was a professor at Washington University School of Law. During 2018-19, she held the LAPA\Crane Fellowship in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University to work on her book project Sex in Public, which explores the history and contemporary implications of social movements against sex discrimination in public accommodations.

The 2020 Seminar in Private Law will devote itself to examining questions about the relationship between private law and inequality. We hope to explore how the private law's foundational promise of formal equality fares against the structural inequalities present in our society; how the existing institutions of property, tort and contract contribute to rising inequality; and how private law institutions might be used to remedy inequality. Our ambition is to study the subject from both theoretical and empirical perspectives and to engage champions, as well as critics, of private law. The Seminar will bring together lawyers with scholars from economics, history, anthropology, and philosophy. Other sessions within the seminar are the following:

28 January Arthur Ripstein (Toronto Law)
A Wrong Personal to You
11 February   John Witt (Yale Law)
Tort as Private Administration
18 February Josh Macey (Cornell Law)
The Regulatory Compact
3 March Liz Sepper (Texas Law)
Converting Corporate Social Responsibility
17 March Gerald Torres (Cornell Law)
24 March Khiara Bridges (Berkeley Law)
Family Law of the Poor
31 March Daniel Sharfstein (Vanderbilt Law)
Second Skins: Arbitration in New York’s Fur Business and the Americanization of an Immigrant Industry, 1912-1938
7 April Daria Rothmayr (USC Gould Law)
Racism Pays
14 April Amy Dru Stanley (Chicago History)
Private Wrongs, Human Rights, and the Power of  Commerce:  A Problem of Sex


Sponsoring Organization(s)

YLS Center for Private Law