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Symposium Honors Judge Thelton E. Henderson’s 30 Years on Bench

A day-long symposium April 16 at Berkeley Law will celebrate Thelton E. Henderson’s 30 years as a U.S. District Court judge and establish a scholarly record of his influence on the bench. An agenda for the symposium, held in Room 105 of Boalt Hall, is available here.

The event will include panel discussions with speakers presenting papers—to be published in the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy—about Henderson’s notable decisions. The papers and panel discussions will focus on areas of law in which Henderson has made significant contributions, such as civil rights, the environment, and prison, criminal justice, and institutional reform.

Presenters include Berkeley Law Professors Jonathan Simon ’87, Holly Doremus ’91, and David Oppenheimer, Stanford Law School Professors Robert Weisberg and Deborah Sivas, Ohio State University Law School Moritz College of Law Professor Michelle Alexander, and Brad Seligman, executive director of the Impact Fund. The symposium is sponsored by Berkeley Law, the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy.

A senior judge for Northern District of California, Henderson has received numerous national and area awards, and was named 2008 Alumnus of the Year by UC Berkeley’s California Alumni Association.