The Resnick Program Food Law and Policy and the Critical Race Studies Program
Pigford v. Glickman:
Addressing USDA Racial Discrimination with
One of the Largest Civil Rights Settlements in History
January 28, 2015
UCLA School of Law
In Pigford v. Glickman, African-American farmers claimed the USDA had systematically discriminated against them on the basis of race, wrongfully denying them of farm loans and assistance. A successful case relating to discrimination against Native American farmers also followed. Although the Pigford case was settled, many farmers were unable to file claims before the deadline and numerous lawsuits were filed. Over a decade later in 2010, Congress approved $1.25 billion to pay claims and other expenses as part of the Settlement of Pigford II.
Please join us for an insightful presentation with Mr. Anurag Varma and Prof. Angela P. Harris as they discuss the history, significance, and impact of the Pigford Cases.
Anurag Varma, partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, has served as class counsel on behalf of Native American and African-American farmers against the USDA.
Angela P. Harris, Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, writes widely in the field of critical legal theory and applies her insights to the fields of environmental and food justice.
This event is co-sponsored by:
Food Law Society
Black Law Student Association
Native American Law Students Association
a video recording of this event is now available via streaming.