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Black Farmers Case Panel Discussion

Friday, May 2, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Amanda Dunlap, Craig Batchelor, Alva Waller, Hon. Paul Friedman, Andy Marks
Above from left, Amanda Dunlap, Craig Batchelor, Alva Waller, Hon. Paul Friedman, Andy Marks

On April 17th, 2014, the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law was honored to host the Judge Paul Friedman, Alva Waller, and Andy Marks for an amazing panel discussion of the historic civil rights case In Re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation.

The collective experience of this panel was extraordinary. Judge Friedman has been involved with this litigation since it’s inception in 1997 when he certified the class in Pigford vs. Glickman. History would later look back on this case as “Phase I,” only the beginning of what ultimately lead to a monumental and unprecedented pair of cases addressing racially discriminatory practices of the United States Department of Agriculture. Judge Friedman also presided over “Phase II,” the second case In Re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation.

Alva Waller has also been involved in both phases of this historic litigation. She first served as managing attorney in the Office of the Monitor for Pigford vs. Glickman and is currently serving as Deputy Ombudsman for the In Re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation settlement.

Andy Marks served as class co-counsel for In Re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation and continues to play and instrumental role in helping to implement the terms of the settlement.  Mr. Marks, a member of the Board of our DC School of Law Foundation, was instrumental in arranging for the School of Law's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic to provide tax assistance to thousands of Black farmers who were members of the Pigford II class.  UDC-DCSL students staffed a phone bank and responded to the questions of over 3800 farmers.  A webpage containing FAQs and an instructional video was created.

Each of these distinguished panelists brought their unique perspectives and experience to this lively and informative dialogue. The UDC David A Clarke School of Law would like to thank each panelist for taking the time to discuss these landmark cases with our students and community!  We’re honored!

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