Speaker Series




are honored to present the

Constance Baker Motley Speaker Series on Racial Inequality


An ongoing forum for the Connecticut legal community to explore issues of racial inequality and systemic racism.


This series is named in honor of civil rights trailblazer Judge Constance Baker Motley
with the goal of supporting and fostering renewed commitment to advancing civil rights and social justice.



Upcoming Events:


Lonnie Braxton    Segregated Communities and Opportunity
    August 12, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30pm







This 90-minute seminar uses maps, original photographs, and oral histories to explain how 100 years of discriminatory land use and development policy built and maintains our segregated state. The seminar will also examine the lasting effect these policies have on housing choice and the lives of people of color, particularly lower income Black and Latino families, who have few options to move to areas with high performing schools and safe neighborhoods. The programming is Connecticut-specific and demonstrates how national level policy and funding continue to influence local development and the lives of Connecticut residents.


Past Events:


   A Virtual Conversation on Racial Injustice with
  Chief Justice Richard Robinson and Justice Maria Kahn


   July 15, 2020

   Moderated by:   

   Dean Timothy Fisher, UConn Law
   Professor Marilyn Ford, Quinnipiac University Law

Watch the Conversation Here


Resources Referenced:


BOOK -  The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,
Richard Rothstein, Liveright (2017)


REPORT -  "Demographic Differences in Sentencing: An Update to the 2012 Booker Report," 
United States Sentencing Commission (2017)



Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005)

Born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, Judge Motley was recognized by Resolution of the United States House of Representatives of the 110th Congress in 2007 for her 

“lifelong commitment to the advancement of civil rights and social justice.”


Motley was the first female staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), hired by then Chief Counsel Thurgood Marshall. She argued and won many of the defining cases in the civil rights movement, including those to desegregate schools and universities, housing, transportation, and public accommodations. Motley later became the first Black woman appointed as a federal judge, rising to Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1982. Learn more.