Agenda

Thursday, November 1

2:00  PM                 Goldberg Room (297 Simon Hall)             
         
Plenary Opening Panel
STUDENT VOICES ON THE INTENT DOCTRINE (video) 
Scholar-Advocates from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law will present their cutting edge  research and innovative strategies for advancing racial justice and exposing the shortcomings of the  intent doctrine in anti-discrimination cases.
Panelists:  Merideth Desautels (’08), Josh Fryday (’09), M. Bob Kao (‘08), Sarah Steinheimer (’09)
Moderator:  Susan Serrano, University of Hawai’i

4:00 PM                 BREAK

4:30 PM                
HONORABLE MARIO G. OLMOS LAW & CULTURAL DIVERSITY
MEMORIAL LECTURE, Booth Auditorium

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, and Kamala Harris.

Welcome
Mary Louise Frampton, Director, Henderson Center for Social Justice

Remembrances of the Honorable Mario G. Olmos
Professor Cruz Reynoso (’58), Former California Supreme Court Justice; Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality, U.C. Davis School of Law

Introduction of the Olmos Lecturer
Monique Morris, Senior Research Fellow, Henderson Center for Social Justice

Olmos Lecture
Monique Harden, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Lecture: “Who Profits from Racism?”

6:00 PM                 Reception - Goldberg Room

Friday, November 2

8:30 AM               Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM               
Welcome
Mary Louise Frampton, Director, Henderson Center for Social Justice

9:15 AM               
EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY FOR RACE-CONSCIOUS REMEDIES (video)
Panelists will propose and evaluate advocacy strategies to advance, preserve and defend race-conscious remedies to address ongoing discrimination.

Panelists:  Maria Blanco (Executive Director, Warren Institute, UC Berkeley School of Law), Bill Kennedy (Legal Services of Northern California), Theodore H. Wang (Public Policy Consultant), Constance de la Vega (USF)
Moderator: Kimberly Thomas Rapp (Equal Justice Society)

10:45 AM              BREAK

11:00 AM             
SOCIAL SCIENCE AS AN ADVOCACY TOOL (video)
Panelists will provide information and models about the use of social science within advocacy such as litigation, communication strategies, and policy reform that can be utilized in a progressive racial justice agenda. 

Panelists:  Stephanie Bush-Baskette Esq., Ph.D (Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers-Newark University), Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D. Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard College), David B. Oppenheimer (Golden Gate University)
Moderator:  Monique W. Morris (Henderson Center for Social Justice)

12:30 PM              
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE
Professor Jerry Kang, UCLA School of Law
(video)

2:00 PM                
CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION IN THE ROBERTS COURT ERA (video)

This panel will evaluate how to continue to bring effective civil rights litigation in light of the current composition of the US Supreme Court.

Panelists:  Professor Lia Epperson (Santa Clara University School of Law), Lucas Guttentag (Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project),  Professor Pam Karlan (Stanford Law School), John Trasviña (Executive Director, MALDEF)
Moderator:  Professor Goodwin Liu (UC Berkeley School of Law)

3:30 PM                
COMMUNICATION & REFRAMING STRATEGIES:  HOW TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF RACE (video)

Panelists:  Lydia Chávez (University of California Journalism School), David Chiu (Chief Operating Office and General Counsel, Grassroots Enterprise), Lisalyn Jacobs (Vice president, Legal Momentum), Martin Reynolds (Managing Editor, Oakland Tribune)
Moderator:  Keith Kamisugi (Equal Justice Society)

5:00 PM                 BREAK

5:15 PM                
BUILDING MULTI-GENERATIONAL COALITIONS TO ADVANCE RACIAL JUSTICE (video)

Panelists:  Dereca Blackmon (Executive Director, Leadership Excellence), Malcolm Yeung (Asian Law Caucus), Aileen Hernández
Moderator: Natalia Merluzzi (UC Berkeley School of Law, Scholar-Advocate, Class of 2008)