Symposium celebrates Professor Philip Frickey’s lifetime of work

Attention: Reporters and editors covering Indian and constitutional law

Media Contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936,

WHAT: An academic symposium to celebrate UC Berkeley School of Law Professor Philip Frickey’s lifetime of work in the fields of constitutional law, legislation, and Indian law. Preeminent scholars from top law schools nationwide will present papers on policy reforms in each legal area; papers presented at the day-long event will be published in a special issue of the California Law Review, one of the nation’s premier legal journals.

 The law school event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Law and Faegre & Benson LLP

WHEN: Friday, April. 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Chevron Auditorium, International House
2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley
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WHO: Participants include Dan Farber, law professor and faculty director of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law; Goodwin Liu, associate dean of Berkeley Law; William Eskridge, Jr., law professor, Yale Law School; Ernest A. Young, law professor, Duke University School of Law; John Manning, law professor, Harvard Law School; Robert Anderson, director, Native American Law Center, University of Washington School of Law; Robert C. Post, law professor, Yale Law School.

DETAILS: In addition to the symposium to honor Professor Frickey’s scholarly work, Berkeley Law is also establishing funds for students who want to study Indian or public law.

The Philip Frickey Public Law Fund will award $2,000 to a second- or third-year Berkeley Law student in financial need who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the study and practice of Indian or public law. The annual fund will also award a prize of $500 or more to the best Berkeley Law student paper on Indian or public-interest law.

The Philip Frickey Fellowship will award $4,000 to a first- or second-year law student who accepts summer employment in an Indian law or public law position that involves legal advocacy on behalf of the disenfranchised—or issues that are inadequately addressed by U.S. law. The fellowship will be awarded to a student at any ABA-accredited law school in the United States.

In July, Professor Frickey will take administrative leave, due to a serious illness that requires special treatment. “I am most grateful to the law school community for its fabulous support during this difficult time for my family and me,” he said.  “It is a great honor to have my work in public law—especially Indian law—recognized by the creation of these funds.”  Phil said the support of his students has helped him handle this challenging period.

Note: For more information about the new funds, go to: For information about the symposium, go to:  To arrange an interview with a panelist, please contact Nancy Donovan, at or 510-643-1346.

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