Past Events

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Bay Area Lifer School

Saturday, April 13, 2013
10:00am to 4:00pm
Room 105, Boalt Hall

The Warren Institute and the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project at Berkeley Law are hosting Uncommon Law in its inaugural event as a nonprofit organization:  Bay Area Lifer School. 

Join us to earn MCLE credits while learning how to represent life prisoners effectively as they navigate an obscure process that impacts more than 30,000 California prisoners.

You will learn best practices regarding:

  • Client preparation
  • Handling both positive and negative parole factors
  • Dealing with Board-appointed psychologists (and knowing when to hire your own)
  • Establishing a strong administrative record
  • Obtaining habeas relief in state court

Expected panelists include:

  • Former life prisoners who are now succeeding on parole and beyond
  • The executive officer and chief counsel for the Board of Parole Hearings
  • Judges who regularly preside over habeas corpus proceedings for lifers
  • A psychologist skilled in preparing and evaluating lifers for parole consideration
  • Veteran lifer attorneys and litigators


  • $95 for attorneys with 3+ years of experience
  • Free for former lifers and for Boalt students
  • $35 for all other attendees

For registration and questions, please click here.

November 29, 2012
4:00 to 6:00 pm - Room 110
Please click here to RSVP for the event.

In her recent book The Erotic Life of Racism, Sharon Holland implores us to consider "how the transatlantic slave trade altered the very shape of sexuality in the Americas for everyone." This panel will consider the erotic domain, which offers a glimpse into explicit and enduring racial preferences in an age where racial bias has become veiled and subtle. Consider, for example, common statements in online dating profiles declaring a "preference" for "whites only" or "no blacks and Asians." Since most people consider sex and romantic relationships key to their personal happiness, examining racial disparities in this domain may provide a marker of racial progress, particularly as it intersects with gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. How does racism manifest itself in intimate interracial relationships? How do racialized differences, such as skin color, continue to have erotic impact even in the absence of white actors? What, if anything, can we do about it?


  • Sharon P. Holland is an Associate Professor of English, African and African-American studies, and Women’s Studies at Duke University.
  • Melissa Murray is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.
  • Russell Robinson is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. He is the chair of the HIFIS LGBTQ cluster, and the panel moderator.
  • Juana María Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.
  • Darieck Scott is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. He is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.

A Watched System Forum

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Room 105, Boalt Hall
Register here (registration required) 
Click here to access the webcast 
On November 15th, Fostering Media Connections (FMC), in association with the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute of Law and Social Policy at Berkeley Law, will produce a National Conversation exploring whether or not the news media, following a strict code of ethics, could improve outcomes for children in dependency courts across the United States. Come hear distinguished experts in the fields of public policy, journalism, law, and social welfare discuss this important issue and contribute to this innovative effort to improve the transparency and effectiveness of the system.

Featured Speakers Include:
  • Lilly Colby, Former Foster Youth and Berkeley Law Student
  • John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Leslie Heimov, Executive Director for the Children’s Law Center for California
  • Chantel Johnson, Former Foster Youth and Legislative and Policy Coordinator for California Youth Connection
  • Barry Krisberg, Research and Policy Director at Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy
  • Judge Michael Nash, Former Los Angeles Juvenile Court Judge
  • Jim Newton, Editor for the Los Angeles Times

Race and Representation: The 2012 Texas Redistricting Cases

Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, MALDEF
Friday, April 20, 2012
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Reception 6:00-6:30PM
110 Boalt Hall UC Berkeley, School of Law

The Voting Rights Act requires that decennial redistricting not discriminate against minority voters. In 2011, the State of Texas enacted redistricting plans that failed to create new Latino-majority seats, despite the fact that there had been dramatic growth in Texas’ Latino population over the past decade. Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and lead attorney in recent successful cases against the State of Texas, describes the overt and covert discrimination embedded in the Texas redistricting process and the legal strategy and evidence that convinced the federal court that the plans are discriminatory. Using data, maps, depositions and legislative emails she demonstrates how Latinos were literally drawn out of political representation in Texas and the critical role of the courts in drawing them back in.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latino Policy Research, Center for Race and Gender, Graduate School of Education, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Chicano/Latino Studies Program, Center for Study of Law and Society (CSLS), Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Institute of Governmental Studies, and Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy.

Please register as soon as possible. Seating is limited.

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No More Sweet Home Alabama: Targeting Illegal Immigration
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
11:15AM - 2:00PM
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall, Berkeley Law

On April 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Department of Justice's challenge to Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. Since the passage of Arizona's law, similar and even more draconian laws have passed in other states, such as Alabama and South Carolina. But the states are not alone; the federal Department of Homeland Security is also engaging in a concerted campaign of interior immigration enforcement. Come hear two preeminent lawyers discuss what is at stake in the Arizona case and how these state laws and federal enforcement programs impact communities across the country.

Cecillia Wang is the Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. Her practice centers on issues at the intersection of immigration and criminal law, including state anti-immigrant laws, racial profiling and other unlawful police practices.  Most recently, she successfully argued in front of the Eleventh circuit for an injunction to block parts of Alabama’s law invalidating the rights of undocumented immigrants in government and business transactions.

Lucas Guttentag was the founding national director of the Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation from 1985-2011. He is now Senior Counsel to the Project and teaches at Yale and Stanford Law Schools. Mr. Guttentag has litigated major class action and constitutional cases on behalf of immigrants throughout the United States; argued landmark appeals in the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and many federal circuits.

Lunch will be provided.

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The Professional Legacy of Allen Breed

Friday, March 16, 2012
9:30AM to 4:30PM
Room 105, Boalt Hall
Registration Required:


Speaker and Moderator Biographies

Biography of Allen Breed

Panel Discussions:

  • A New Era for the California Juvenile Justice System
  • Holding the Correction System Accountable
  • Legacy of Allen Breed
  • Race & Mass Incarceration  
  • Realignment
  • View from the Bench

Featured Spea kers:

  • Lenore Anderson, Campaign Director, Funders for Safety and Justice
  • Michael Bien, Managing Partner, Rosen, Bien, & Galvan, LLP
  • Troy Duster, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy
  • Malcolm Feeley, Claire Sanders Clements Dean's Chair Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
  • Judge Anthony Kline, California Court of Appeals
  • Barry Krisberg, Research and Policy Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy
  • Bart Lubow, Director of Programs for High Risk Youth, Annie E. Casey Foundation 
  • Julio Marcial, Program Officer, California Wellness Foundation
  • Sheila Mitchell, Santa Clara Chief Probation Officer
  • Judy Patrick, President and CEO, Women's Foundation of California
  • Barbara Raymond, The California Endowment
  • Rebecca Silbert, Senior Policy Analyst, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Soical Policy
  • Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
  • David Sklansky, Yosef Osheawich Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
  • Donald Specter, Director, Prison Law Office
  • Wendy Still, San Francisco Chief Probation Officer
  • Judge Steve White, Sacramento Superior Court
  • Jeanne Woodford, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy
  • Frank Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar, Berkeley Law


  • Arnold Chandler, Senior Policy Associate, Warren Institute
  • Sarah Lawrence, Director of Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, Warren Institute
  • Pilar Mendoza, Graduate Research Assistant, Warren Institute
  • Andrea Russi, Managing Director, Warren Institute
  • Heather Warken, Legal Policy Associate, Warren Institute


November 18, 2011
12:15 PM: Boxed lunch served, catered by Gregoire Restaurant
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Room 132, Boalt Hall (South Addition)
Please register for this free event by Nov 17 at

We will use Professor Robinson's forthcoming article Masculinity as Prison: Sexual Identity, Race and Incarceration as a platform for a broader discussion of government’s role in enforcing narrow conceptions of race, sex, and gender.

This program is sponsored by the California Law Review and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy.  C-sponsors are the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, Law Students of African Descent, the Men of Color Alliance, Queer Caucus, the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and the Women of Color Collective. 

In addition of Professor Robinson, panelists in the roundtable discussion are (in alphabetical order):

  • Michael Boucai, Williams Institute Law Fellow
    UCLA School of Law
  • Kim Shayo Buchanan, Associate Professor of Law
    USC Gould School of Law
  • Devon W. Carbado, Professor of Law (Moderator)
    UCLA School of Law
  • Dean Spade, Assistant Professor of Law
    Seattle University School of Law


Please join the Warren Institute for a lunch talk about realignment in California.  

Speakers include:

  • Warren Institute Research & Policy Director Dr. Barry Krisberg
  • Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring
  • Warren Institute Managing Director Andrea Russi
  • Warren Institute Senior Legal Policy Associate Rebecca Silbert

We will provide an overview of the reasons for realignment, its challenges, and key steps for making local plans a success.  We will talk about the first realignment in California in the 1960-70’s, the changes in how the criminal justice system is financed, and what is currently happening in San Francisco and Alameda Counties.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall
12:30pm to 1:50pm

See Rosemary Gartner, Anthony Doob and Franklin Zimring,  The Past as Prologue: Deincarceration in California, then & now (American Society of Criminology 2011). 


Saturday, October 22, 2011
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Booth Auditorium 175, Boalt Hall

The conference will address the causes of the California budget crisis, the lived impact on communities, and the most innovative short-term and long-term strategies for forging a new California in this crisis. Space is limited. Please register at or

Speakers include:

  • Jessica Bartholow- Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Fred Glass – Communications Director, California Federation of Teachers
  • Lenny Goldberg – Executive Director, California Tax Reform Association
  • Jackie Goldberg– Former Member of the California State Assembly & Lifelong Public Advocate
  • Barry Krisberg – Director of Research and Policy, Warren Institute, Berkeley Law / Former President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency
  • Scott Lay – President and CEO, Community College League of California
  • Jeff Lustig – Emeritus Professor, Sacramento State University & Author of Remaking California
  • Ana Matosantos – Director of Finance, California Department of Finance
  • Maribel Nunez – Organizer, California Partnership
  • Honorable Mary Ann O’Malley – Presiding Judge, Contra Costa Superior Court
  • Tom Saenz – President & General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Peter Schrag – Retired Editorial Page Editor for the Sacramento Bee & Author of Paradise Lost
  • UCLA IDEA – Author of Free Fall: Educational Opportunities in 2011
  • US Uncut

Partial List of Sponsors 

Alliance for Justice, Campaign for Quality Education’s Kids Count Campaign, California Civil Rights Coalition, California Fund for Youth Organizing, California Partnership, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Center for Latino Policy Research, Center for Race & Gender, Center for a Sustainable California, Close the Loophole Campaign, Critical Resistance, Compass Point, Multicultural Student Development Office (UCB), Non-Profits Talking About Taxes, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, UAW Local 2865, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, and the Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy (Berkeley Law). 


October 13, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:30PM
Goldberg Room 297, Boalt Hall

Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys
Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, the Center for the Study of Law & Society and the Warren Institute. 
Professor Jonathan Simon, Respondent


October 11, 2011
6:00 PM
Reed Smith, 101 Second Street, 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Please RSVP to

This panel will provide a balanced examination of the effectiveness of gang injunctions, with particular emphasis on ordinances enacted by local municipalities.  Panelists will examine the due process concerns raised by gang injunctions and will weigh the costs of enforcement against the benefits.  Particular attention will be paid to implications of gang injunctions on race relations within affected communities.

Speakers include:

  • Wade Chow, San Francisco Assistant District Attorney
    San Francisco District Attorney's Office
  • Barry Krisberg, Director of Research and Policy, Lecturer in Residence
    Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Poliy, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
  • Sarala Nagala, Associate
    San Francisco Office of Munger, Tolles & Ollson LLP
  • Alex Tse, Deputy City Attorney
    Office of the San Francisco City Attorney



May 6, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall

Co-Sponsored with the Labor Project for Working Families

A new study shows that California’s Paid Family Leave program – that offers paid leave to workers when they take time off to care for a new child or sick family member – has received high marks from employers and employees alike since its implementation six years ago. The authors call for an expansion of Paid Family Leave to build on its early successes, and for efforts to promote increased awareness of it across California.   Join us for a discussion with the authors about this exciting new study and opportunities for the future.


  • Ann O'Leary, Executive Director Berkeley CHEFS


  • Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
  • Ruth Milkan, City University of New York (CUNY)


  • Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Affiliated Faculty, Berkeley CHEFS

  • Sylvia Guendelman, Professor of the Department of Community Health and Human
  • Development and Chair of the Maternal and Child Health Program at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Click here to RSVP


April 22, 2011
9:15 AM - 3:00 PM
170 Boalt Hall - Koret Room
Registration - Room 145

As governments have instituted greater external controls--measures taken to stop migrants from arriving at their borders, we are interested in examining the impacts of these policies in the U.S. and Europe.  These measures include interdiction at sea, as in the case of Haitians in the United States or, in the European context, funding the detention of African asylum-seekers in transit countries like Libya.  States carry out these mechanisms offshore, in areas of uncertain legality, or on the territory of other states.  Given the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa and the anticipated increase in migrants, this is a timely topic of discussion.  The convening will take place between 9:15 and 3:00 PM at 170 Boalt Hall (Koret Room).  It is sponsored by the Warren Institute and the European Union Center. Speakers include:  

Session 1:  Understanding Extra-Territorial Controls in a Security Framework   

Session 2:  Liminal Spaces, Third-Country Agreements & Detention     

  • Michael Flynn, Global Detention Project
  • Niels Frenzen, University of Southern California, School of Law
  • Kate Jastram, Berkeley Law
  • Jean Matringe, Universite de Versailles et Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines 
  • Lori Nessel, Seton Hall University
  • Leti Volpp, Berkeley Law

This conference is co-sponsored by the European Union Center for Excellence and Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy at UC Berkeley.


April 19, 2011
12:45 PM to 1:50PM
Room 110, Boalt Hall  

The Governor and the Legislature are calling for the closing of the CA Department of Juvenile Justice and the transfer of these youth to county programs. This would constitute a very major shift in juvenile sentencing laws in CA.  This seminar will include leading juvenile justice advocates who will discuss the promise and problems inherent in this proposal. Alternative policy options will be discussed. Each presenter will speak very briefly and there will be lots of opportunities for questions and to talk with these experts after the session. Speakers will include  

  • Sue Burrell, Youth Law Center
  • Barry Krisberg, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy
  • Dan Macallair, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
  • Fred Mills, Former Undersecretary of Youth and Adult Corrections
  • David Steinhart, Commonweal Institute
  • Sumayyah Waheed, Books Not Bars


April 6, 2011
12:45 PM to 1:50 PM
Room 112, Boalt Hall

2010 Census data were recently released for California. One of the most important uses of those data will be to redraw election district lines all over the state, from US Congressional districts down to local school board districts. In addition, for the first time, California's Congressional and state legislative districts will be drawn by a group of citizens -- the Citizens Redistricting Commission -- instead of the legislature. This Commission has been meeting since December and will start taking public testimony on Saturday April 9. Did you know that one of the most comprehensive sets of redistricting related data in the country can be found right here at the law school...and it's free and open to the public? Did you know that some of the most experienced experts in the field of redistricting and voting rights are here as well? Come learn about redistricting, the Voting Rights Act, and how the pubic can be involved in the upcoming round of redistricting from Berkeley Law experts.

  • Ana Henderson, Director of Opportunity and Inclusion
  • Karin Mac Donald, Director of the Statewide Database


April 4, 2011
12:45 PM to 2:00 PM
Room 134, Boalt Hall

* How do we know when justice has been served for a victim of a crime?
* Does society's obligation to victims extend beyond the criminal justice process?  

Susan Herman will lead a discussion on the concept of Parallel Justice - a new framework for responding to crime through two paths to justice, one for victims and one for offenders.  Following the Parallel Justice framework, there would always be a separate set of responses for victims of crime that are independent of whether an offender is ever identified or convicted.  

Susan Herman is an associate professor at Pace University and author of the book Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime.  


March 17, 2011
12:45 PM to 1:50 PM
Room 244, Boalt Hall

Please join the attorneys and project directors of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy to learn about their work in the areas of criminal justice, immigration, redistricting, voting rights, educational equity, economic and family security.  Ana Henderson, Aarti Kohli, Tia Martinez, Ann O'Leary, and Andrea Russi will share an overview of their work and insights about developing policy-relevant research.


March 4, 2011
Private Session:  Room 141, Boalt Hall 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Public Session:  Room 105, Boalt Hall 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. 
Please register for this free event by March 3rd at

This forum will discuss how federal and state governments can address HIV-related racial and gender disparities, and identify ways for scholars to work with activists and policy makers to confront such issues. Click here for more information.


October 25, 2010
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Goldberg Room, 297 Simon


1)  Trends in Restrictionist Policies (audio for this session is available here)
Moderator: Irene Bloemraad, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Doris Marie Provine, Professor, School of Justic and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University - Arizona's Immigration Federalism
Allesandor de Giorgi, Assistant Professor, Justice Studies, San Jose State University - The Hyper-Criminalization of Immigrants in Europe
Aarti Kohli, Director of Immigration Policy, Warren Institute – Good Cop, Bad Cop: Secure Communities and the Federal Role in Crimmigration

2)  Forces in Play: Politics, Culture, and Economics (audio for this session is available here)
Moderator: Leti Volpp, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Riverside – For Party and Nation: The Politicization of U.S. Immigration at the State and Local Level
Kitty Calavita Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine – Immigration, Race, and Law in Italy: The Political Economy of Backlash 
Lunch Speaker (audio for this session is available here):  Jennifer Chacon, Professor of Law & Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UC Irvine – Managing Migration through Criminal Law
3)  Collective and Individual Responses to Criminalization (audio for this session is available here)
Moderator: Maria Blanco, Executive Director, Warren Institute
Tom Wong, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, UC Riverside – States, Irregular Migrants, and a Theory of Selective Immigration Control: Evidence from European Gateway Cities
Karen Tumlin, Managing Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Bill Frelick, Director, Refugee Program, Human Rights Watch




  • Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: The Past and Future of Proposition 209
              Conference Agenda 
  • Rethinking Rodriguez: Education as a Fundamental Right
              Symposium Agenda 
              List of Attendees 
  • The No Child Left Behind Act: How Does It Affect High School Reform 
  • Key Reforms Under the No Child Left Behind Act: The Civil Rights Perspective

Full List of Events

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