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MC Law Justin Townley, class of December 2010, and 3L Talibah-mawusi Smith each had scholarly articles accepted for forthcoming publication in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, volume 22, due in October 2011. 


Their publications developed from classwork and conference presentation submissions. Last October 2010, five MC Law students and recent graduates had working papers accepted for presentation at the University of Denver Strum College of Law's hosting of the national LatCrit XV Conference, themed "The Color of the Economic Crisis:  Exploring the Downturn from the Bottom Up." In addition to the work by Townley and Smith, working papers were also accepted for presentation by  Mission First Staff Attorney Carlyn Hicks '10, Law Librarian Stephen Parks '10, and New York Attorney Ke Yuan '08.   Their work, and that of Prof. Angela Mae  Kupenda serving as their moderator and research advisor, was specially recognized at the LatCrit Awards Banquet for providing excellent examples of  legal scholarship.  Kupenda and MC Law were recognized as wonderful examples  for other law professors and law schools to emulate in encouraging young scholars in their pursuit of excellence.


After the conference, LatCrit XV registrants were invited to submit papers to be considered for publication in the symposium issues of several law journals featuring the conference.  In December 2010, Justin Townley and Talibah-mawusi Smith submitted their papers for publication consideration.  The papers of both Townley and Smith were recently accepted and contracted for publication with the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal.  


Townley's paper is titled, "Is the Color of the Economic Crisis the Color of Presidential Fear?"  His paper is the continuation of earlier research he did in Kupenda's Race and the Law Seminar, where he received an Am Jur-Best Paper Award in the spring of 2010, and other research he completed in Kupenda's Con Law Seminar, where he received an Am Jur- Best Paper Award in the fall of 2010. 


Smith's paper is titled, "When the well runs dry, dig deeper:  The case for funding the public library, a necessary resource for the public minority."  Her paper is the continuation of a copyright paper she wrote as an independent project which won Honorable Mention in the local Nathan Burkan Memorial Student Writing  Competition in June 2010.  Her initial paper was supervised by Professor Alina Ng. Subsequent revisions for the LatCrit conference were supervised by Prof. Kupenda.