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13th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat

13th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat

Welcome to the 2019 Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat!


Program Schedule

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13th Annual Lutie Lytle Workshop
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:00am to Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00am
University Park Campus

Co-chairs Eleanor Marie Brown and Shaakirrah Sanders, and the Planning Committee of the
13th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat
extend heartfelt thanks to the 2019 sponsors:


Penn State Law (host school)


Boston University School of Law
George Washington University School of Law
Georgetown University Law School
Penn State University – Dickinson School of Law
University of California, Irvine School of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Yale Law School


American University Washington College of Law
Cornell Law School
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Florida A&M University College of Law
Rutgers Law School
University of Michigan Law School
Washington and Lee University School of Law


Howard University School of Law
New York University School of Law
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kentucky College of Law
University of Oregon School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Vanderbilt University Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law


The Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop (the “Lytle Workshop”) is an annual workshop for current and aspiring black women law faculty. Although the Workshop’s primary focus is legal scholarship, it also offers opportunities for mentoring, career support, and fellowship.

Since its inception in 2007, the Workshop has been an unqualified success. Its attendees have published more than 34 books, 74 book chapters, and 652 articles.

The Lytle Workshop has been held annually each summer:

2019: Penn State Law , hosted by Professor Eleanor Brown and Professor Shaakirrah Sanders 
2018: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, co-chaired, organized and hosted by Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss and Professor Jessica Dixon Weaver
2017: University of Michigan Law School, hosted by Professor Laura Beny
2016: 10th Annual Commemorative Workshop – University of Iowa College of Law, hosted by Professor and now Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig
2015: Vanderbilt University Law School, hosted by Professor Beverly I. Moran
2014: University of Wisconsin Law School, hosted by Professor Tonya L. Brito
2013: William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, hosted by Professor Rachel J. Anderson
2012: Suffolk University Law School, hosted by Professors Kim M. McLaurin and Bernie D. Jones (and the first “Lytle Dean,” Camille Nelson)
2011: Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, hosted by Professor Asmara M. Tekle
2010: University of Kentucky College of Law, hosted by Professor Melynda J. Price
2009: Seattle University School of Law, hosted by Professor Natasha T. Martin
2008: Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, hosted by Professor Catherine Smith (Denver) and Professor Jacquelyn L. Bridgeman (Wyoming) (under the name “Black Female Faculty Summer Writing Workshop”)
2007: University of Iowa Inaugural Workshop, hosted by founder Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig

The Workshop was given its current name at the 2008 Denver gathering. In 1898, Lutie A. Lytle, the daughter of enslaved parents, became the first woman law professor in the United States, when she began teaching law at her alma mater, Nashville’s Central Tennessee College (CTC). In 2018 one of the members of the Lutie collective, Professor Taja-Nia Henderson, published an article detailing the life of Lutie Lytle and the importance of her legacy. In honor of her achievements, the Lytle Workshop continues to offer professional development, support, and community to a growing cadre of women faculty who are continuing the legacy of excellence in law teaching that began with Professor Lutie A. Lytle over 121  years later.

The room block with the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center from June 18-26, 2019 is now closed. Please visit their website or call their Reservations Department at 1-800-233-7505 to check room availability. If you will be staying at the Penn Stater Hotel and need airport transportation, please book your complimentary shuttle service in advance of your stay.

Alternative local hotel information

Car rentals are available at the airport. 
National Car Rental – 814-237-1771
Alamo Rent A Car – 800-992-9823

Or you can order a taxi or Uber. (Taxis are usually available curbside at airport baggage claim exit without ordering in advance.)
Taxi by Handy Delivery – 814-355-5555
Happy Valley Ride – 814-237-7433
Nittany Taxi – 814-867-4646

We will be reserving a bus to loop from the Penn Stater to the Lewis Katz Building at the beginning and end of each day. Please consult the program for the transportation schedule.

If you will be driving a car and not utilizing the bus loop, we will have a limited amount of parking passes available for the lot connected to the Katz Building, which is named “Orange A Parking Lot.” The lot will require a parking permit or metered parking on weekdays. You may request a parking permit at the registration table. As a guest at the Penn Stater, you may also request their shuttle services to bring you to the Katz Building, however, their shuttles are on a first come first serve basis.

Mock Job Talks and Interviews

We are offering mock job talks and interviews via video  for those Lutie participants interested, with preference given to entry level or early career candidates. Mock job talks and interviews will occur after the conference, and will be scheduled at times mutually convenient for presenters and evaluators. You can find information about the call back and job talk process at

Speed Mentoring Sessions

Speed Mentoring Sessions will be available at the conference for all attendees. See program for details.

On behalf of Penn State Law and Dean Hari Osofsky, I warmly welcome you all to the 13th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat. Founded around 13 years ago by a group of African American female law faculty, the Lutie A. Lytle Conference was named after the first African American woman to teach at a chartered law school. In its inaugural year, the conference hosted 25 people while the most recent conference hosted over 100 current and prospective black female faculty.

The primary goal of the Lutie A. Lytle Conference is the mentorship of young and prospective black women law faculty. This year’s program emphasizes this goal by highlighting the role of this conference in building a pipeline of black women law professors. I remain eternally grateful that I was first urged to attend this conference while I was a Lewis Fellow at Harvard, and I have attended every subsequent year. My mentors from Lutie guided me through the AALS process, stayed in close touch with me through the tenure process, and more recently even guided me while I was on the lateral market. As I have grown more senior in the profession, I have moved from mentee to mentor and it remains among the most fulfilling roles that I have assumed since becoming a law professor.

At last year’s conference, it was remarkable to watch the guest speakers fielding questions from a diverse range of young black women. It is our obligation to continue this tradition, by mentoring the next generation and ensuring the inclusivity of these conferences. By any measure, the Lutie Conference has been phenomenally successful and I hope that we as a community can carry on that success.


Eleanor M Brown
Professor of Law and International Affairs
Associate Dean for External Affairs and Corporate Partnerships
Senior Scientist the Rock Ethics Institute
The Pennsylvania State University

Eleanor Brown
Eleanor Marie Brown

Professor of Law and International Affairs

Shaakirrah Sanders
Shaakirrah Sanders

Visiting Professor of Law

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