Carla Spivack of Oklahoma City University School of Law has posted a call for papers for the conference “Wills, Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race and Class,” which will be in Oklahoma City on September 27-28, 2013. Cribbing now from the CFP:
This conference seeks to bring the insights of progressive property theory to the area of inheritance and succession law and will address the many points of intersection between inheritance law, gender and race, social structure, wealth inequality, domestic violence, and indigenous people’s rights, among others. Recognizing that inheritance law is a society’s DNA, the conference will present theoretical, historical, and practical approaches to ways it has and continues to maintain social structure and ways it can change it.
The deadline for proposals is August 1. Send them to cspivack[@]okcu.edu
I'm very much looking forward to returning to Oklahoma for the conference and to hearing the latest on how issues of race, class, and gender are important to trusts and estates pedagogy, practice, and scholarship. I'm going to be talking about the trust for slavery and freedom -- that is, how the technology of trusts was used to manage enslaved human beings, to keep them out of the hands of creditors, and on occasion to free them.
The image is Robinson Hall at Washington and Lee University, which was built using money left to Washington College. It's one of the images in my mind's eye when I think of fortunes left in trust. I talk a little more about the story of Robinson Hall here.