Panel I: Learning from Title VI

Friday, April 22, 2022 
11:00am – 12:30pm

Watch Panel I Learning from Title VI

This session revisits the landmark Title VI lawsuit CRCQL v. Seif (1996). Attorneys and plaintiffs share first-hand experiences with the case, the decisions leading to the lawsuit, and speak to lessons learned in using courts to challenge environmental racism.


Panelists: Zulene Mayfield and Louis Morse, CRCQL; Sheila Foster, Georgetown University Law School; Michael Churchill, Public Interest Law Center, Philadelphia; Gilbert Carrasco, Willamette University Law School; Mike Ewall, Energy Justice Network

Panel II: Reshaping EJ Law & Social Policy

Friday, April 22, 2022
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Watch Panel II Reshaping EJ Law & Social Policy

This session addresses how current strategies and present-day EJ campaigns mobilized by CRCQL and other EJ movements are reframing the practical significance of law and social policy in order to advance their environmental justice goals. Panelists discuss recent EJ initiatives that create diverse coalitions and broaden legal and social policy strategies to build community power to move toward transformative justice.

Panelists: Zulene Mayfield, CRCQL; Will Jones, Chester activist; Tyler White and Chantal Reyes, C-4 students (Campus Coalition Concerning Chester); Maria Lopez-Nuñez, Deputy Director, Ironbound Community Corporation; Steph Tai, University of Wisconsin Law School

Panel III: Moving Forward

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Watch Panel III: Moving Forward

As the capstone for the conference, this session explores how law and policy can be creatively, imaginatively, and practically used to advance CRCQL’s goals and the EJ movement more broadly. The session will address how EJ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) organizations draw on critical approaches to community engagement (such as consent-based and kin-centric organizing and creating community-based, solidarity economies) and how they have built– and are further developing – diverse, intersectional coalitions committed to engaging in and moving toward just transitions to more equitable, solidarity-grounded, and sustainable futures.

Panelists: Zulene Mayfield, CRCQL; Carol Kazeem, Chester activist; Kearni Warren, Energy Justice Network, Kyle Powys Whyte, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan; Ana Baptista, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, The New School; Jacqui Patterson, Director, Chisholm Legacy Project; Dorcas Gilmore, Just Transition Lawyering Network

Photographed by Lorie Shaull.


The Environmental Justice & Climate Resilience Program, the Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility, the Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Sustainability, Swarthmore College and the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, the UB Digital Scholarship Studio and Network, University at Buffalo.

Many thank go to Chantal Reyes’22 and Tyler White’22 (Campus Coalition Concerning Chester Student Leaders),
Juliana Lin ’22 (President’s Sustainability Research Fellow), Nusaybah Estes ’21 (Civic & Environmental Engagement Fellow), and Oswaldo Morales Solorzano ’21 (Sustainability and Engaged Scholarship Fellow) for their invaluable assistance with the conference organization and website management.

We are also grateful to Swarthmore College’s ChesterSemester students for helping to design and construct the conference website and for help with moderating the webinar chat room: Hulices Murillo ’23, Abdullah Ali ’25, Zoha Ashraf ’24, Anastasia Erley ’24, Grace Hegland ’24, Kilin Tang ’25, Martin Tomlinson ’23, Jeffrey Zhang ’25