SCOCA Conference 2013

UC Berkeley School of Law

Appellate Law and MCLE credit

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 6.0 hours of legal specialist educational credit in Appellate Law as well as general MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

About this Conference:

The California Constitution Center and Berkeley Law are proud to present the 2013 Conference on the Supreme Court of California on Friday October 4, 2013, along with a special oral argument session of the Court on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  The conference will provide a unique forum for judges, government officials, scholars, and practitioners to discuss the work of the Court and to consider solutions to the challenges the state judiciary faces.

The center’s mission is to study the state constitution and high court.  State courts play a significant role in the administration of justice, as the overwhelming majority of all judicial decisions in the nation are made in state courts, yet state judicial systems have not received the same intense study as the federal judiciary.  California is the nation’s most populous state, with one of the largest economies in the world, and its courts are often first to decide issues of national importance.  Presenting this program aids the center’s mission by raising public awareness and understanding of the Court’s work, identifying important doctrinal developments, and encouraging study in this area.

This is the second time Berkeley has hosted the Court for these events.  The conference was first presented in 2008, and the Court held its first special session at Berkeley in 2009.  Over 150 people attended the 2008 conference, where former Chief Justice Ronald M. George partnered with Berkeley Law to present speakers and panelists that included five members of the Court and a slate of illustrious deans of the profession:  former Governor Pete Wilson, Dean Chris Edley, Professor Jesse Choper, Dean Kenneth Starr, and former Attorney General John Van de Kamp among others. 

The conference is held in partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society.