Ramón Arias, Executive Director, Bay Area Legal Aid; and John O'Toole '74, Director, National Center for Youth Law
From Theory to Reality: Memories and Advice From a Couple of Social Justice Veterans
Description: Ramon Arias (Executive Director of Bay Area Legal Aid) and John O'Toole '74 (Director of National Center of Youth Law) share their knowledge, experience, and advice of over 30 years with current law students and those interested in social justice. Arias and O'Toole discuss changes within social justice work throughout their careers.
Justice Albie Sachs (ret.), Constitutional Court of South Africa
"50 Years with Mandela"
Description: Join the Henderson Center for an extraordinary talk with South African Freedom Fighter, Justice Albie Sachs. His career in human rights activism started at the age of seventeen, when as a second year law student at the University of Cape Town, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. In 1966 he went into exile. After spending eleven years studying and teaching law in England he worked for a further eleven years in Mozambique as law professor and legal researcher. In 1988 he was blown up by a bomb placed in his car in Maputo by South African security agents, losing an arm and the sight of an eye. During the 1980s working closely with Oliver Tambo, leader of the ANC in exile. After recovering from the bomb he devoted himself full-time to preparations for a new democratic Constitution for South Africa. In 1990 he returned home and as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC took an active part in the negotiations which led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy. After the first democratic election in 1994, he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court.
Adam Murray '98, Executive Director, Inner City Law Center (Los Angeles, CA)
From Corporate Lawyer to Skid Row: One Lawyer's Journey
Description: An expert on both housing and homelessness, Adam Murray has developed and promoted innovative public policies that reduce homelessness and lead to safe, healthy and affordable housing. Recognized nationally as a leader in homelessness issues, Murray the Executive Director of Inner City Law Center (ICLC) has led in developing effective programs, including groundbreaking programs that meet the legal needs of homeless veterans in Los Angeles. Murray received a B.A. In International Relations from Pomona College, an M.A. In Economics from Claremont Graduate University, and a J.D. from University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.
Veena Dubal '06, Ph.D. candidate, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley; Graduate Fellow, Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley
Putting the 'Community' back in Community Policing in the Post 9/11 Context: A Case Study of Lawyers Using Local Government to Resist FBI Profiling and Surveillance
Description: This lecture addresses the advocacy of Bay Area civil rights attorneys working alongside grassroots partners to stop the use of local resources for national initiatives that unfairly target communities based on race, religion, and country of origin. Working with South Asian, Arab, and Muslim American communities, community lawyers have built strong coalitions and addressed federal profiling initiatives through an appeal to local governments' commitment to community policing. While federal litigation against problematic national security initiatives has too often been disappointing, strong community solidarity and activism have paved the path to successful legal resistance.
Sponsor(s): Asian American Law Journal, South Asian Law Students Association, Men of Color Alliance, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, and Women of Color Collective
Eva Paterson '75, Co-founder and President, Equal Justice Society
Trayvon Martin: Exiles in Our Own Land
Description: Civil rights attorney Eva Jefferson Paterson is co-founder and President of the Equal Justice Society, a national strategy group focused on reclaiming the 14th Amendment and its Constitutional safeguards against discrimination. Paterson has received numerous awards, including the Fay Stender Award from the California Women Lawyers, Woman of the Year from the Black Leadership Forum, the Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Northern California, and the Alumni Award of Merit from Northwestern University. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received her B.A. in political science, and U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.
Sponsor(s): Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy, Women of Color Collective, Men of Color Alliance, and Law Students of African Descent