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.


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:


Talila (T.L.) Lewis, Social Justice Engineer. Educator.Organizer. Attorney. Artist.
Opening Keynote Title: “Disability Solidarity: A Rite of Love, a Requisite for Education, a Requiem for Injustice”

Eva Paterson (Class of 1975, Berkeley Law), Co-Founder  and President, Equal Justice Society
Closing Keynote Title: “Building and Maintaining the Beloved Community: Loving and Protecting Children”

Arthur H. Bryant, Chairman, Public Justice
Lecture Title: “The Supreme Court and the 2016 Election: Access to Justice at Stake”

Ian Haney Lopez, John H. Boalt Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Lecture Title: “Coded Racism & Inequality For All”

Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Lecture Title: “Color Coded Justice: The Legal Battle to end “Stop and Frisk””  

Beth E. Richie, Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy; Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law, and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
Lecture Title: “Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation”  

Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and of Feminist Studies, UC, Santa Cruz
Lecture Title: “Addressing Gendered Violence against African American Girls and Young Women: What is the Role of the Anti- Prison Movement?”  

Nikki Jones, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, UC Santa Barbara
Lecture Title: “Between Good & Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City Violence”  

Hon. Sheila J. Kuehl, President of Kuehl Consulting; former California State Senator, 23rd District (2000- 2008); and former California Assembly Member, 41st District (1994-2000)
Lecture Title: “The Uses of Difference in the Establishment of Better/Worse: Report of a Martian Anthropologist and Jurisprudence”

Kevin Noble Maillard, Professor of Law, College of Law, Syracuse University, Member: Seminole Nation of Oklahoma (Mekusukey Band)
Lecture Title: “The Paradox of Sovereignty: Race and Tribal Membership”

Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law
Lecture Title: “Whose Poverty? Whose Crime? Unlocking the Criminalization of Poverty”  

Luis Rodriguez, Author of Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Life in L.A.
Lecture Title: “Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times” 

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center
Lecture Title: “The Geography of Citizenship”

Gerald López, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
Lecture Title: “Making Movements Rebellious”  

Matt Gonzalez, President of the S.F. Board of Supervisors
Lecture Title: “The American City: A Tool for Progressive Change in the 21st Century”  

Phil Angelides, Treasurer of the State of California
Lecture Title: “Shareholder Power-Corporate Responsibility”  

Randall Robinson, Author and Past-president of the Washington-based TransAfrica and TransAfrica Forum
Lecture Title: “What America Owes to Blacks and What Blacks Owe to Each Other”  

Radhika Coomaraswamy, Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Lecture Title: “Beyond Bondage: The Trafficking in Women & Girls, with Particular Reference to South Asia”  

Barbara Allen Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Lecture Title: “Inventing the Public Defender: Trial Stories [about Clara Shortridge Foltz]”  

Charles R. Lawrence III, Professor, Georgetown University
Lecture Title: “Two Views of the River: The Unfinished Business of Affirmative Action”  

Rachel Moran, Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley
Lecture Title: “Interracial Intimacy”  

Hon. Shirley Hufstedler, Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Former Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Lecture Title: “Is the American Justice System an Endangered Species?” 

Susan Koniak, Professor of Law, Boston University Law School
Lecture Title: “Beatings, a Bombing, and Company Courts:  The Decline of Justice in America”  

David Wilkins, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Lecture Title: “Why Are There So Few Blacks in Corporate Law Firms?”