20 Years of 209: the Past, Present, and Future of Affirmative Action in Public Universities

California Law Review and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice proudly invite you to 20 Years of 209: the Past, Present, and Future of Affirmative Action in Public Universities. This symposium takes place on Friday, November 2, 2018, at Berkeley Law. We’ll convene keynote speakers Judge Thelton E. Henderson, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Eva Paterson, along with scholars, activists, alumni, and policy-makers to explore education since Prop. 209’s passage and explore what lies ahead. Registration is open now.

Symposium Program
8:30 AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – Welcome
9:10 AM – Opening Keynote
Hon. Thelton E. Henderson (Class of 1962, UC Berkeley School of Law): The retired federal judge discusses how he made his 1996 decision blocking Prop 209’s implementation and the decision’s aftermath.
10:00 AM – Panel I: Faculty
Perspectives on teaching and working after 209 from academics and faculty members at public and private universities throughout the country.
  • Ralph Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Robert Chang, Executive Director of the Korematsu Center and Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
  • Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law (invited)
  • Jonathan Feingold, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, BruinX Research Fellow, UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Osamudia James, Acting Dean & Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
  • Moderator: David Oppenheimer, Co-Faculty Director, Pro Bono Program, Director, Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-discrimination Law Study Group, and Clinical Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

11:30 AM – Lunch Break

12:00 PM – Panel II: Students & Alumni
Alumni and students discuss how affirmative action–or lack thereof–impacts  legal education at Berkeley Law, spanning from pre-Proposition 209 to the present.
  • Eric Brooks (Class of 2000, UC Berkeley School of Law), Senior Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Guy Johnson (Class of 2005, UC Berkeley School of Law), Senior Program Director, Federal and National Networks Partners for Each and Every Child
  • Cheyenne Overall, Class of 2019, JD Candidate, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Quyen Ta (Class of 2003, UC Berkeley School of Law), Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner
  • Moderator: Tirien Steinbach (Class of 1999, UC Berkeley School of Law), Executive Director, East Bay Community Law Center
1:15 PM – Panel III: Education Policy
Activists, researchers, and government officials situate Proposition 209 within the broader framework of education policy issues.
  • Prudence Carter, Dean, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley
  • Darlene Flynn, Director, Department of Race and Equity, City of Oakland
  • Lauren Foley, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Capital Intern Program, Western Michigan University
  • Vincent Pan, Co-Executive Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Bill Tamayo, District Director, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Francisco District
  • Moderator: Bill Kidder (Class of ’01, UC Berkeley School of Law), Associate VP & Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Sonoma State University

2:30 PM – Break

3: 00 PM – Closing Keynote
A conversation on the lived reality of affirmative action policy between Eva Paterson (Class of 1975, UC Berkeley School of Law), President and Founder of Equal Justice Society, and Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law.
3:50 PM – End of Symposium


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Outreach Sponsors:

Asian American Law Journal at Berkeley Law
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice
First Generation Professionals
Law Students of African Descent
Native American Law Student Association
Restorative Justice Committee
Queer Caucus
Women of Berkeley Law
Womxn of Color Collective



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