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Community Leaders Discuss Affirmative Action 50 Years after Brown v. Board
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Boalt Hall will host a luncheon titled "Honoring Brave Steps in the Face of Adversity: 50 Years after Brown v. Board of Education." On Thursday, April 29, a distinguished group of Bay Area panelists will discuss what affirmative action has meant in their lifetimes and how it provided them with opportunities they would not have had otherwise.

Henry Ramsey, Jr. '63--a retired California Superior Court Judge and former dean of Howard Law School--will be a featured speaker. He has also been a Berkeley city councilman, a Contra Costa prosecutor and a Boalt professor. Ramsey was honored with a 2004 Boalt Hall Alumni Association Citation Award and in 2000 he received the ABA 's Spirit of Excellence award for his work in promoting racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

Former Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris will also speak at the luncheon. Harris currently serves as chancellor for the Peralta Community College District in Oakland. Prior to serving as Oakland's mayor from 1991 to 1999, he was a member of the California State Assembly for 12 years. Other featured speakers include Teveia Barns, president of Lawyers for One America and head of its Diversity Center and Pro Bono Law Office in Northern California; Harry Bremond, a partner at Wilson Sonsini; Eric Brooks '00, an associate at Morrison & Foerster; and Dr. Price M. Cobbs, psychiatrist, author and diversity consultant.

The event will take place from 12-2 p.m. in 140 Boalt. The speakers will begin at 12:45 p.m. For more information, please contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or











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