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Exposing Structural Racism from Within:  The Power of Restorative Justice

November 3, 2011 (Day One):  297-Simon Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law
November 4, 2011 (Day Two):  Multicultural Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, UC Berkeley
November 5, 2011 (Day Three):  Niles Hall at Preservation Park, Oakland

This symposium will explore the potential of restorative justice to both expose the impact of structural racism and also mitigate its harmful effects.  By bringing together restorative justice practitioners, community activists, lawyers, policy makers, and academics from a host of fields, the convening intends to chart a new direction for restorative justice work and develop a plan of action to achieve it.

This is an opportunity for restorative justice practitioners to deepen their understanding of how structural racism shapes our lives and learn how to use that knowledge to enrich their work.  For those who are knowledgeable about structural racism but unfamiliar with restorative justice, the gathering will examine the power of restorative justice as an additional tool for advancing racial justice.

Please click on the "AGENDA" link for a full listing of event times.

Honorable Mario G. Olmos Law & Cultural Diversity Memorial Lecture

Thursday, November 3, 2011
4:30 p.m., 110-Boalt Hall
UC Berkeley School of Law

Cheryl Graves
Director, Community Justice for Youth Institute
David Anderson Hooker
Attorney and Associate Professor of Conflict Studies, Eastern Mennonite University

The Honorable Mario G. Olmos Law & Cultural Diversity Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture honors the Honorable Mario G. Olmos '71 who dedicated his life to promoting equality and justice for people from diverse national, economic, racial, and cultural origins. Born on July 24, 1946, in Nogales , Arizona , Judge Olmos graduated from Reedley Junior College and University of California , Berkeley where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa. At Boalt Hall he was an Ayer fellow and a Regents Scholar. Although he was nominated to the California Law Review, he chose instead to work in the community and to recruit students of color to Boalt.

Upon graduation from Boalt, Judge Olmos worked as an attorney at California Rural Legal Services in Madera , and then as a Justice Court Judge in Parlier and Selma . In December 1982, he was appointed to the Fresno County Superior Court, where he was elected presiding judge for three consecutive years. He also served with distinction on the California Judicial Council.

During the 1980's, Judge Olmos became known as a leader who sought to bridge the gap between cultures and races. In 1990 he died at the age of 43 in a tragic automobile accident. After his death, Judge Olmos' family, friends, and colleagues established a trust fund to support a permanent lecture series at Boalt Hall to perpetuate the Judge's abiding commitment to the development of law promoting equality and justice for all people. Past Olmos lecturers include the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Professor Peter Edelman, Joaquin G. Avila, Professor Derrick Bell, the Honorable Thelton Henderson, the Honorable Richard Paez, the Honorable Cruz Reynoso, Kamala Harris, and Anthony "Van" Jones.