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Professor Jonathan Cardi to speak at Ohio State Law Journal Symposium, ‘Torts and Civil Rights Law: Migration and Conflict,’ on Friday, Nov. 15

Professor Jonathan Cardi will speak at the Ohio State Law Journal symposium titled, “Torts and Civil Rights Law: Migration and Conflict,” on Friday, Nov. 15.

Increasingly, courts and commentators have labeled federal statutory anti-discrimination claims “torts” or “tort-like” claims, without thoroughly discussing the implications of this classification.

Particularly since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 ruling applying the controversial concept of “proximate cause” to a claim of employment discrimination, the lower courts have stepped up their efforts to reshape a number of anti-discrimination doctrines to align with general tort concepts, often with the effect of limiting the scope of statutory civil rights protection.

Thus, tort law is playing a more prominent role in statutory interpretation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

This symposium will explore the theoretical and doctrinal affinities and tensions between tort and anti-discrimination law, while fostering dialogue between tort and anti-discrimination scholars.

In addition to Cardi, symposium speakers include the following:

Martha Chamallas, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Charles A. Sullivan, Seton Hall University School of Law

Sandra F. Sperino, University of Cincinnati College of Law

William R. Corbett, Louisiana State University Law Center

Anthony Sebok, Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law

Catherine M. Sharkey, New York University School of Law

Catherine E. Smith, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, The University of Iowa College of Law

Ifeoma Ajunwa, Research Fellow, Columbia Law School

Maria Linda Ontiveros, University of San Francisco School of Law

Laura Rothstein, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Deborah L. Brake, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

L. Camille Hébert, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

The symposium will be held at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  For more information, visit the symposium website here.

Professor Cardi joined the faculty of Wake Forest in July 2010. He specializes in tort law, the law of remedies, and the intersection of race and the law. He is co-author of a torts casebook, a remedies casebook, two commercial outlines, and is co-editor of a book entitled Critical Race Realism.

He has served as President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools and Chair of the Remedies Section of the AALS, and he is a member of the American Law Institute, serving as Advisor to the Restatement (Third) of Torts. He is also a contributor to the European Group on Tort Law.

Professor Cardi received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his JD from the University of Iowa. He then clerked for the Honorable Judge Alan Norris, U.S. Federal Court of Appeals Judge for the 6th Circuit before working as a litigator at the D.C. law firm, Arnold & Porter. Prior to joining Wake Forest, Professor Cardi was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he taught for eight years.