Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Lecture on Access to Justice


The Robert D. And Leslie-Kay Raven Access to Justice Lecture was endowed by the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in memory of Robert D. Raven ‘52. Each year, the Raven Lecture brings a social justice attorney to Berkeley Law to share strategies, skills, and stories with our students.  In recent years, we’ve learned from Angela Y. Davis, Ian Haney-Lopez, Nikki Jones, Vince Warren, Gerald Lopez, and more. This November, we are delighted to feature Arthur H. Bryant, chairman of Public Justice, who will deliver a lecture entitled “The Supreme Court and the 2016 Election: Access to Justice at Stake.”


Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven (1976)
Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven (1976)

Robert D. Raven was a renowned trial lawyer, practicing in the fields of antitrust, intellectual property, international law and alternative dispute resolution, as well as a state and national bar leader, serving as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco from 1971-72, the State Bar of California from 1981-82 and the American Bar Association from 1988-89.  Mr. Raven served on the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, the Judicial Council of California, Advocates to Save Legal Services, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Mr. Raven also served as president of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association from 1972-1973 and received the Boalt Hall Alumni Association Citation Award in 1983. He was a trustee for the UC Berkeley Foundation from 1981-1984.

Raven Lecturer’s have included: