Virginia Law Review to Host Sixth Annual Symposium: “Participatory Law Scholarship: A Seat at the (Legal) Table”

March 29, 2024

On March 29, 2024, the Virginia Law Review Online will be hosting its sixth annual symposium: “Participatory Law Scholarship: A Seat at the (Legal) Table.” Emerging from the Critical Race Studies and movement law traditions, Participatory Law Scholarship (PLS) is a recent movement to produce legal scholarship in collaboration with authors who have no formal legal training but have gained expertise in the law through lived experiences.

The Symposium will bring together several participatory law scholars and authors to learn more about this movement’s role in developing the law, to examine current theories of knowledge production in legal academia, and to discuss important questions on the role of legal scholarship in shaping societal change. The Symposium will include paper presentations, panel discussions, a keynote address, and more. The Symposium will take place in Caplin Auditorium at the University of Virginia School of Law on March 29, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

The Symposium is free to attend, but are asking that you please register here for the Symposium for planning purposes.

Please reach out to Online Development Editor Dennis Ting ( with any questions or to receive email updates about the Symposium.

Participatory Law Scholarship: A Seat at the (Legal) Table

Virginia Law Review Online Symposium Schedule – March 29, 2024

9:00 – 10:00

Continental Breakfast and Check-In

10:00 – 10:15

Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:15

Rachel Lopez, Professor of Law, Drexel University Kline School of Law, Gerald Torres & Ghani Songster – The Demosprudential Potential of Participatory Law Scholarship

11:15 – 12:15

Jenny Carroll & James Jeter – Reconstructing Citizenship

12:15 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:00

Jamelia Natasha Morgan & Robert Saleem Holbrook – Brick and Mortar Abolition: A Blueprint

2:00 – 3:00

Sarah Medina Camiscoli & Sa’Real McRae – Youth Participatory Law Scholarship

3:00 – 3:15

Closing Remarks