ATTENTION: Assignment desks; political, government, and legal reporters; environmental and immigration reporters.
WHAT: Federalism Now, a day-long conference on states’ rights versus federal power under the Trump administration. A mix of lawyers, policy-makers, and academics will focus on two areas germane to California: climate change, and immigration law and policy—specifically border security, travel bans, and sanctuary cities.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 3, 9:00 am—4:00 pm.
WHERE: UC Berkeley School of Law, Booth Auditorium
WHO: The Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California, will keynote the event at 1:00 pm. The Chief Justice will discuss state and federal court interactions, the importance of their distinct roles, and the influence of federal law on state court decision-making.
Moderators and panelists on immigration and environmental policies include: Jennifer Granholm, distinguished UC Berkeley professor and former Michigan governor; Dennis J. Herrera, the City Attorney of San Francisco; Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley School of Law; Sean Donahue, founder, Donahue & Goldberg; Craig Segall, assistant chief counsel, California Air Resources Board; and other legal and academic experts. See the full list here.
BACKGROUND: As the national government makes dramatic policy shifts, the importance of ‘local control’ takes on new meaning in the context of resistance, said Karen Tani, Berkeley Law professor and a conference organizer. Tani and law faculty colleague Bertrall Ross have invited experts from various political viewpoints to engage in “reasoned conversation.” The aim, said Ross, is to help “set a model” for the types of collaborative discussions our country should be having on pivotal issues. To read the full story, go here.
Sponsors: The event is co-sponsored by the California Constitution Center, Institute of Governmental Studies, Federalist Society, American Constitution Society, Bar Association of San Francisco, Alameda County Bar Association, and the Aspen Institute.
Media contact: Susan Gluss | firstname.lastname@example.org | (510) 642-6936