Gerald Torres and Lani Guinier (above) led the opening session for the Critical Race Theory: From the Academy to the Community conference at Yale Law School on Sat. Feb. 9, 2013. The students who organized this conference (from left to right) Christopher Lapinig, Jamelia Morgan and Marbre Stahly-Butts, did a wonderful job under extremely adverse circumstances - the snow storm of the century hitting the New Haven area smack dab in the middle of the conference - and it was a smashing success for attendees. Alas, over 500 people had registered for the conference - students and faculty from law and graduate programs all over the country (and, in at least one case, from overseas) but the attendance was terribly suppressed by the horrible travel conditions. Still, about 150 brave souls made their way through the snowy streets to attend an abbreviated version of the conference originally planned. Speakers in attendance included Kimberle Crenshaw (UCLA/Columbia), Darren Hutchinson (American), Tanya Hernandez (Fordham), Priscilla Ocen (Loyola Law School), Ezra Rosser (American) and Charles Lawrence (Hawaii) (Although Professor Lawrence had to participate by phone because he had become snowed in only a mile away!). This is only a partial list and the attendees' contributions were a key part of what made the conference work. The participation and enthusiasm shown by participants makes clear there is a thirst out there for more courses involving CRT topics and methodology, and perhaps critical theory generally. This was a student driven effort and it drew students from around the country. A particularly terrific crowd of students came from Northeastern Law School, others came from various graduate and even undergraduate programs, and they and many others were eager to find ways to put their ideas into practice in making a difference in their communities. Given the outpouring of demand and the unfortunate weather circumstances that resulted in a shorter version of the conference than originally planned, the students informed participants that a second conference at Yale is planned for late spring or early fall of 2014. So stay tuned. Those interested in information about the conference you can email the organizers at [email protected].