[Postponed] 2020 Symposium: Democracy Reform for the 21st Century

[Postponed] 2020 Symposium: Democracy Reform for the 21st Century

UPDATE: In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our 2020 Symposium: Democracy Reform for the 21st Century until the fall. Our highest priority is the health and well-being of everyone involved with our Symposium. We are working hard to reschedule for sometime in September or October 2020, and we will share updates as soon as we confirm it. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this period of uncertainty. Original event posting below.

Friday, April 17, 2020 | 8:30 AM – 5:45 PM
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law

The California Law Review’s 2020 Symposium: Democracy Reform for the 21st Century promises to bring together scholars, legal practitioners, public servants, 

community leaders, and political experts to identify and evaluate key initiatives to strengthen our democracy. Drawing on diverse expertise, they will debate what is possible and how we get there—by amendment, statute, regulatory device, polling, etc. Discussions will be organized around three guiding principles: (1) Every person should be able to cast an informed vote; (2) Every vote should count equally; and (3) Every voter should have confidence that their vote matters. For additional information, please visit the events page on the Berkeley Law Calendar.

This event is hosted in partnership with Jeff Bleich, former Special Counsel to the President and Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review (’89). The lunch discussion is also in partnership with the Center on Race, Sexuality, & Culture at Berkeley Law.

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8:30 AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – Welcome
9:10 AM – Opening Keynote
9:45AM – Principle 1: Every Person Should Be Able and Encouraged to Cast an Informed Vote
  • Emily Rong Zhang, PhD Candidate, Stanford University & Skadden Fellow, ACLU Voting Rights Project (2017-2019) (Facilitator)
  • Gilda Daniels, Director of Litigation, Advancement Project & Professor, University of Baltimore Law
  • Jacqueline De Leon, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Michael Morse, PhD Candidate, Harvard University
  • Paul Smith, Vice President of Litigation & Strategy, Campaign Legal Center
11:00 AM – Break
11:10 PM – Principle 2: Every Vote Should Count Equally
  •  Bertrall Ross, Professor, Berkeley Law (Facilitator)
  • Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director, Common Cause
  • Charlotte Hill, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley & Board member, RepresentUs and Fair Vote,
  • Justin Levitt, Professor, Loyola Law School & Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division
  • Nick Stephanopoulous, Professor, Harvard Law School
12:25 PM – Break
12:40 PM – Lunch Panel: Critical Race Theory, the 2020 Election, and Structural Reform
  • Russell Robinson, Professor, Berkeley Law & Faculty Director, Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture (Facilitator)
  • Khiara Bridges, Professor, Berkeley Law
  • Guy-Uriel Charles, Professor, Duke Law & Co-Director, Duke Law Center on Law, Race, and Politics
  • Ian Haney-Lopez, Professor, Berkeley Law & Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
  • Cheryl Harris, Professor, UCLA Law
  • K-Sue Park, Associate Professor, Georgetown Law

1:50 PM – Break

2:00 PM – Principle 3: Every Voter Should Have Confidence That Their Vote Matters
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law
  • Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
  • Lawrence Lessig, Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Ann Ravel, Former Commissioner, Federal Election Commission & Candidate for California Senate, District 15
  • Daniel Tokaji, Associate Dean for Faculty & Professor, Moritz
3:15 PM – The Call to Civic Duty
  • Bertrall Ross, Professor, Berkeley Law (Facilitator)
  • Caroline Fredrickson, Senior Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice & Former President, American Constitution Society
  • Manu Meel, CEO, BridgesUSA
  • Janani Ramachandran, Berkeley Law 3L & Commissioner, Oakland Public Ethics Commission
  • Jonathan Stein, Staff Attorney and Voting RIghts Program Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus

4:15 PM – Break

4:30 PM – Judicial Perspectives on Democracy Reform
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law (Facilitator)
  • Judge Robert L. Wilkins, D.C. Circuit
  • Judge James Wynn, Jr., 4th Circuit

5:30 PM — Closing Remarks
Jeff Bleich

5:45 PM – End of Symposium

Please join us for a reception in the Berkeley Law Donor Lobby from 5:45-6:45 PM.