Trailblazers in Justice Gala

Attention: reporters and editors covering civil rights, education, gender and the law

Contact: Susan Gluss, media relations director, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law 510.642.6936,

WHAT: Trailblazers in Justice Gala, an evening celebration of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice (HCSJ), University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

WHEN: Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. (Participants are available all day Thursday and Friday for interviews.)

WHERE: The Rotunda Building, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Downtown Oakland (parking info below).

WHY: A benefit to honor renowned civil rights lawyer John Doar ’49; and trailblazing social justice attorney Christopher Daley ’01, director of the Transgender Law Center.

WHO: Thelton E. Henderson ’62, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; John Doar ’49, Trailblazer Honoree; Christopher Daley ’01, Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize Winner and Director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco; Chris Edley, Jr., Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law; Mary Louise Frampton, Executive Director of HCSJ; Tirien Steinbach, Executive Director, East Bay Community Law Center; Sara Sidner, KTVU-TV Anchor and Emcee; the Berkeley High School Jazz Orchestra; and a screening of a new documentary about John Doar by award-winning filmmaker Abby Ginzberg.


Prize winner Christopher Daley ’01 is a public interest attorney and Boalt graduate who founded California’s first direct services practice for transgender legal issues—the Transgender Law Center. Rather than focusing on changing laws or creating new laws to protect its clients, the Center has used and tested existing laws that haven’t yet been applied to transgendered people, but could prove beneficial. “There is an incredible vacuum of legal knowledge among attorneys who want to serve the transgendered community,” Daley says. “Our aim is to create a legal response to everyday problems faced by transgendered people—housing, employment, medical care, safety—by transforming how the law understands and operates around issues of gender.” Chris Daley’s cutting-edge work has brought social justice to a profoundly underserved community.

The Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice (HCSJ) gala honors past trailblazers in civil rights law and rewards the legal pioneers of today. The intellectual hub of the law school’s vibrant social justice community, HCSJ is a training and research center that prepares the next generation of public interest lawyers to meet the legal challenges facing disadvantaged communities.

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Parking Garages near the Rotunda:

Douglas Parking/Public Parking, on 17th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph reserved for Gala guests
Dalziel Building Garage (250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza—entrance on 16th St. at Clay St.)
Clay Street Garage (entrance on Clay St. between 14th and 15th Streets, behind City Hall)
City Center Garage (entrances on 11th St. between Clay and Broadway, and on 14th St.)