The intellectual hub of the law school's vibrant social justice community, the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice is a training and research center that prepares the next generation of lawyers to represent underserved communities and produces innovative and accessible scholarship on issues of race, sex and poverty.
Give to the Henderson Center
Oct. 27, 2014 -"The Next 50" Ruth Chance Lecture
with Henderson Center's Fall 2014 Practitioner-in-Residence
Building From the Ground Up: Law and Organizing in the Immigrants' Right Movement
with Marielena Hincapié Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2014 -Social Justice at Berkeley Law
Mass Incarceration on Trial
with Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2014 - Special Event
presented by the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues and co-sponsored by Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and Native American Student Development
Archaeo-Legal Landscapes of Identity: Defining 'Indian' in a Post NAGPRA World
with Darren Modzelewski '13 Law Teaching Fellow James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Henderson Center's Fall 2014 Practitioner-in-Residence: Oct. 27-29, 2014
Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
The Next 50-Ruth Chance Lecture
"Building From the Ground Up: Law and Organizing in the Immigrants' Right Movement"
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
To reserve a lunch please RSVP, to RSVP visit: http://tinyurl.com/pa853g7
RSVPs will be accepted till 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
Marielena Hincapié is the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the main organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the U.S. Under her executive leadership, the Center has grown, and has been playing a lead role in the nation's most important legal and policy issues affecting immigrants including spearheading the legislative campaign for the Dream Act, increasing immigrants' access to health care, and co-leading the litigation against anti-immigrant laws in Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. Ms. Hincapié has led the Center to more strategically use a combination of litigation, policy, communications, and alliance-building strategies to effect social change for everyone striving to fulfill their full human potential.
Fully bilingual and bicultural, Ms. Hincapié serves as a resource and is often interviewed by media outlets such as Univisión, Telemundo, CNN en Español, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She also is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences, addressing issues of migration, and she works closely with emerging leaders in the social justice movement.
Ms. Hincapié began her tenure at NILC in 2000 as a staff attorney leading the organization's labor and employment program, and then served as NILC's director of programs from 2004 and 2008. During that time, she successfully litigated law reform and impact litigation cases dealing with the intersection of immigration laws and employment/labor laws, such as Contreras v. Corinthian Vigor Ins. Brokerage, Inc., Singh v. Jutla, et al., and Rivera et al., v. NIBCO which have established important precedents in this area. She served as co-counsel on the lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security's rule relating to the Social Security Administration's no-match letters: AFL-CIO, et al. v. Chertoff, et al. Ms. Hincapié is the first Latina and first immigrant to lead the National Immigration Law Center. She then served as NILC's director of programs from 2004 to 2008, after which she became executive director.
Before joining NILC, Ms. Hincapié worked for the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco's Employment Law Center, where she founded the Center's Immigrant Workers' Rights Project. She holds a juris doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law, served on the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, and is currently a member of the Jobs with Justice and Welcome.US boards of directors.
Among the awards Ms. Hincapié has received are Univision's Corazón Award for 2013, in honor of her commitment to the Latino community. The media company, which honors one organization and one individual each year, cited her leadership at the National Immigration Law Center as a key reason she received the award. In 2014, she received the Latina of Influence award from Hispanic Lifestyle and was recently chosen to be one of seven Prime Mover Fellows by the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
Ms. Hincapié immigrated as a child from Medellín, Colombia, to Central Falls, Rhode Island. She is the youngest of 10 children.
By Andrew Cohen
Clinical Professor Jeff Selbin calls Berkeley Law’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice “the conscience of the law school.” Assistant Professor Bertrall Ross describes it as “central to the school’s public mission.” Finding inspiration, it seems, won’t be an issue for the center’s new faculty co-directors. The intellectual hub of Berkeley Law’s vibrant social justice community, the Henderson Center prepares budding lawyers to represent underserved communities. It also produces innovative and accessible scholarship on issues of race, gender, and poverty.
Selbin and Ross will help Executive Director Dimple Abichandani plan events, support student training, and bring in advocates and scholars to engage students on diverse public interest matters. In doing so, they also hope to expose them to myriad public interest career opportunities. The center will hit the ground running this fall, with a compelling lineup of speakers for its Ruth Chance Lecture Series. These speakers will bring varied perspectives to the series theme of “The Next 50,” which probes the future of civil rights and social justice 50 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act and the March on Washington. The series honors Ruth Chance ’31, the only woman in her graduating class and a noted historian, sociologist, and youth advocate who worked to combat poverty, class, and race discrimination. “This is a very exciting time for the Henderson Center, which will continue to offer and refine our core programming for law students and the broader Berkeley Law community,” Abichandani said. “We know that Berkeley Law students will shape the next 50 years of work to expand opportunity for all. Our programming will be aimed at helping them develop their vision for how they can use their legal education to create a more just world.”
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2014 Public Interest and Pro Bono Graduation
131 JDs and 14 LLMs were honored at the 2014 Public Interest & Pro Bono Graduation on May 9, 2014. Each honoree completed one or more of the following: 1) the Pro Bono Pledge; 2) coordinated and led a student-initiated legal services project; and/or 3) worked at two public interest summer job placements. The class of 2014 logged over 17,000 hours of pro bono, with 92 JDs logging at least 50 hours of pro bono each.
During the ceremony, the Kathi Pugh, Eleanor Swift, and PSJD Pro Bono Publico Merit Distinction Awards were presented. The graduation was filled with heartfelt speeches from many of the honorees to a packed audience of faculty, supervising attorneys, family and friends in Booth Auditorium. Attendees enjoyed appetizers and drinks at Steinhart Courtyard for a lovely reception to end the event.
Photos from the 2014 Raven Lecture with Vince Warren and Henderson Center's Annual Award Ceremony
Photos from the 2013 Olmos Lecture and Working for Change Symposium
Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
UC Berkeley School of Law
897 Simon Hall, #7200
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200