In March 2019, the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice partnered with StoryCorps, a national nonprofit, to record 20 conversations about race and gender at Berkeley Law. This partnership celebrates the Henderson Center’s 20th birthday and the Center’s connection to Proposition 209, which outlawed consideration of race and gender in public decision-making (including admissions at UC Berkeley).
We’re pleased to kick off the listening with Seema Patel and Tirien Steinbach’s conversation, and to preview some of the other conversations we’ll share with you over the summer.
SEEMA + TIRIEN
Seema Patel ’08 and Tirien Steinbach ’99 discuss life during and after the Prop. 209 years and their experiences as woman of color at Berkeley Law.
JON + THELTON
The Hon. Thelton E. Henderson ’62 and the Hon. Jon B. Streeter ’81 talk about Judge Henderson’s experiences at Berkeley Law in 1962, where he was one of only two African American members of his class.
KATHY + ELEANOR
Professors Eleanor Swift and Kathy Abrams discuss the existence of powerful gender barriers at the Law School, particularly in the late 80s and 90s, and the high cost of trying to break them down.
NOOR + MICHAEL
Students Michael David Harris ’20 (JD Candidate) and Noor-ul-ain Hasan ’20 (JD Candidate) talk about how to survive and improve the 1L core curriculum, the role of social media and technology in building community at Berkeley Law, and how we’re doing when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
LINDA + JUSTIN
Justin Lam ’21 (JD Candidate) and Linda Blair ’21 (JD Candidate) explore how working through questions of race and representation in their first semester at Berkeley Law has changed their views on what lawyering can and should be about, the impact of affirmative action policies on Berkeley Law classrooms, and more.