National Leaders to Discuss U.S. Child Labor Laws

National Leaders to Discuss U.S. Child Labor Laws
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The Arkansas Law Review along with the U of A School of Law presents Children at Work.

The annual Arkansas Law Review symposium will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the law school's E.J. Ball Courtroom.

The symposium will engage 13 nationally recognized scholars, lawyers and child labor experts in topics related to child labor in the United States such as the history of U.S. child labor law, federal and state enforcement strategies and challenges, recent changes to state child labor laws, state policy approaches to oppressive child labor, the interrelationship between immigration policy and child labor exploitation, approaches to enhancing legal compliance and youth safety in the workplace, trends in child labor law violations and child labor trafficking.

This symposium will offer a unique opportunity for the U of A School of Law to provide national leadership to advance scholarship and thinking about the wide range of issues associated with children in the workplace.  

Symposium attendance is approved for up to seven hours of continuing legal education credit, and the public is invited to attend. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Register here to reserve your seat. The complete schedule and speaker bios are available here.  


8:15-8:30 a.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks

Speakers: Dean Cynthia Nance, professor Annie Smith, symposium editor John Hudson, editor-in-chief Jissel Esparza

8:30-10 a.m.
Regulation of Children in the Workplace

Panel: Professor Betsy Wood, Laura Huizar, professor Michael Pierce (moderator)

10:10-11:40 a.m.
Child Labor Trafficking

Panel: Professor Annie Fukushima, Erin Albright, Sabra Boyd, professor Annie Smith (moderator)

12:10-1 p.m.
Lunch Keynote: "State Policy Approaches to Oppressive Child Labor"

Keynote Speaker: Terri Gerstein 

1:10-2 p.m.
The Shifting Child Labor Landscape 

A Conversation with Reid Maki and Jennifer Sherer; Dean Cynthia Nance (moderator)

2:10-3:40 p.m.
Emerging Issues in Children at Work

Panel: Marisa Peterson, professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai, professor Naomi Cahn, professor Jill Lens (moderator)

3:50-4:50 p.m.
Strategies to Ensure Yourth Health and Safety in the Workplace

Panel: Yasin Kahn, Daveante Jones, professor Sara Gosman (moderator) 

4:50-5 p.m.
Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Please direct all questions to Arkansas Law Review Symposium Editor John Hudson,

About the Arkansas Law Review: The Arkansas Law Review publishes relevant scholarship on notable domestic and international issues to elicit informed discussions and provide intellectual and practical assistance to members of the legal community. The quarterly publication disseminates scholarly and authoritative articles on significant legal issues. Its editorial board serves the Arkansas legal community and beyond by publishing scholarship of state, national and international importance.

About the School of Law: The law school offers a competitive J.D. as well as an advanced LL.M. program, which are taught by nationally recognized faculty. The school offers unique opportunities for students to participate in pro bono work, externships, live client clinics, competitions, and food and agriculture initiatives. The school strives to identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity, and the impact(s) they have on students, faculty, and staff members in an effort to achieve a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community. From admitting the Six Pioneers who were the first African American students to attend law school in the South without a court order to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors, and faculty who went on to become President of the United States and Secretary of State, the law school has a rich history and culture. Follows us at @uarklaw.


Erin Feller, director of development and external relations
School of Law


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