Ruth Chance Lectures


Ruth Chance was the only woman in her Boalt Hall class of 1931.  That, alone, is an accomplishment.  But Chance went on to do much more.  A social commentator, historian, sociologist, and social justice crusader, Chance worked tirelessly on behalf of children and youth against poverty, racism, and class discrimination.  

This beloved lecture series honors Chance by inviting social justice practitioners to Berkeley Law to discuss current issues and cases with students. At these gatherings, we break bread and brainstorm about community law practice, private practice in the public interest, access to health care, the digital divide, international human rights, criminal justice, reproductive justice, children’s advocacy, social entrepreneurism, and so much more.

This speaker series has been endowed through a grant from the Rosenberg Foundation.

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