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Sharing Responsibility for Refugees

April 16, 2021 | 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM

The 2018 Global Compact on Refugees enshrines the principle of responsibility sharing, to help the handful of developing countries that host the vast majority of the world’s refugees. But the United States, and other wealthy countries, are also pioneering “responsibility dumping” arrangements, that instead exacerbate global inequities and threaten the rights of refugees. The panelists will explore the political economy of responsibility sharing, including the role of race in its legal development and implementation. We will also consider international templates of responsibility and how responsibility sharing arrangements might be used by states to evade responsibility under international refugee law, and imagine possible futures of responsibility sharing, including new ways of defining its key components and its scope, both across and within international borders.

This symposium is hosted by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and the California Law Review.

Panel 1: Race and Responsibility Sharing (8:30am – 10:00am)

E. Tendayi Achiume (UCLA Law) – An Empire Theory of Asylum
Discussant – Saira Mohamed (Berkeley Law)

Jennifer Chacón (UCLA Law) – Hidden Costs: Interrogating Market-Based Burden Sharing
Discussant – Peter Schuck (Yale Law)

Panel 2: International Templates of Responsibility Sharing (10:30am – 12:00pm)

Ayelet Shachar (Toronto Law) – Instruments of Evasion: The Global Dispersion of Rights-Restricting Migration Policies
Discussant – David Grewal (Berkeley Law)

Katerina Linos (Berkeley Law) and Elena Chachko (Harvard Law) – By the Numbers: Responsibility Sharing or Responsibility Dumping?
Discussant – Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple Law)

Panel 3: The Future of Responsibility Sharing (12:30pm – 2:00pm)

Seth Davis (Berkeley Law) – Responsibility Sharing Within Borders
Discussant – Leti Volpp (Berkeley Law)

Michael Doyle (Columbia University) – Principles for Responsibility Sharing: Proximity, Culpability, and Capability
Discussant – Kate Jastram (UC Hastings Law)


Please RSVP here for the Zoom Webinar link.


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2020 Jorde Symposium: The New Countermajoritarian Difficulty

November 12, 2020 | 4 PM PST 

Pamela Karlan (Stanford Law) will deliver a lecture on the “countermajoritarian” difficulty, reflecting on the Supreme Court’s reluctance to reinforce representation through judicial review at a time when the United States appears to be heading toward a period of anti-majoritarian control due to a combination of structural factors (including the Electoral College and the guarantee of equal suffrage in the Senate) and sociological ones (including geographic polarization due to sorting).

Nick Stephanopoulos (Harvard Law) and Franita Tolson (USC Gould School of Law) will serve as commentators.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Brennan Center for Justice and Berkeley Law. Information on past Jorde Symposia can be found on the Brennan Center’s website.

Registration and Livestream Information

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2020 Symposium: Democracy Reform for the 21st Century

September 10–18, 2020

Poster for Democracy Reform for the 21st Century SymposiumThe California Law Review’s 2020 Symposium: Democracy Reform for the 21st Century brought together scholars, legal practitioners, public servants, community leaders, and political experts to identify and evaluate key initiatives to strengthen our democracy. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, nationwide uprisings against racism and police killings, and the threat of interference in the upcoming election, ensuring the equity, integrity, and future of our democracy is now more important than ever. 

Drawing on diverse expertise, our participants discussed what is at stake, what is possible, and how we get there—by amendment, statute, regulatory device, polling, etc. Discussions were 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.

This event was hosted in partnership with Jeff Bleich, former Special Counsel to the President and Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review (’89).

Schedule of Events (View All Recordings)

(All panels listed in Pacific Time) 

Thursday, September 10

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM – Welcome & Opening Keynote (View Recording)

  • Jeff Bleich, former Special Counsel to the President and Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review (’89) (Welcome Remarks)
  • K. Sabeel Rahman, President, Demos (Keynote Speaker)

Friday, September 11

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM – Principle 1: Every Person Should Be Able and Encouraged to Cast an Informed Vote (View Recording)

  • 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
  • Michael Morse, PhD Candidate, Harvard University
  • Paul Smith, Vice President of Litigation & Strategy, Campaign Legal Center

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM – Principle 2: Every Vote Should Count Equally (View Recording)

  • Bertrall Ross, Professor, Berkeley Law (Facilitator)
  • Justin Levitt, Professor, Loyola Law School & Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division
  • Nick Stephanopoulos, Professor, Harvard Law School

Monday, September 14

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM – Critical Race Theory, the 2020 Election, and Structural Reform (View Recording)

  • Cheryl Harris, Professor, UCLA Law (Facilitator)
  • Barbara Arnwine, President and Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition & President Emeritus, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Guy-Uriel Charles, Professor, Duke Law
  • Atiba Ellis, Professor, Marquette University Law
  • Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Tuesday, September 15

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM – The Call to Civic Duty (View Recording)

  • Bertrall Ross, Professor, Berkeley Law (Facilitator)
  • Jacqueline De León, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Caroline Fredrickson, Senior Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice & Former President, American Constitution Society
  • Manu Meel, CEO, BridgeUSA
  • Jonathan Stein, Executive Director, California Common Cause

Friday, September 18

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Principle 3: Every Voter Should Have Confidence That Their Vote Matters. (View Recording)

  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law (Facilitator)
  • Lawrence Lessig, Professor, Harvard Law
  • Ann Ravel, Former Commissioner, Federal Election Commission & Candidate for California Senate, District 15
  • Jeff Bleich, former Special Counsel to the President and Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review (’89) (Closing Remarks)

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2019 Jorde Symposium

November 21, 2019, at 4pm in Booth Auditorium

Who Cares About Law Review Anyway?

The California Law Review invites 1L students interested in or curious about law review to attend a panel with Judge Jon Tigar (N.D. Cal.), Professor Amanda Tyler, and Easha Anand, current Managing Associate at Orrick. The panelists will discuss how their participation in law review has influenced their career paths.

This event was sponsored by Themis Bar Review.

A recording of the presentation is available here.

Alumni Weekend

October 4, 2019.

Open house in CLR office 2-3:30pm

CLR event 4-5pm.

2019 Symposium: Charting a Path for Federal Judiciary Reform

WHAT: The California Law Review, in conjunction with the Berkeley Judicial Institute (BJI), will be hosting a Spring 2019 Symposium on the challenges facing the federal appellate system and potential reforms. This symposium revisits the half-century-old questions about the functioning of the federal appellate system, identifies new issues and perspectives, and explores how the federal appellate system might be reformed to improve the administration of justice. Several district and appellate judges will meet to discuss these pressing issues. 

WHENFriday, April 12, 2019

WHERE: Chevron Auditorium, International House, UC Berkeley


QUESTIONSIf you are interested, please visit the Symposium website for more information or reach out to Cristina Mora at 

Annual Alumni Banquet 2019

Please join us for the Annual CLR Alumni Banquet on Thursday, April 11 at the Faculty Club.


Each year, members of the CLR community come together at the Alumni Banquet to celebrate the contributions our members and alumni have made to the legal profession, especially those who have made a commitment to public service. Mix and mingle with students, alumni from all years, Berkeley Law faculty and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, and our Alumni of the Year honorees. More importantly, help us continue our proud tradition of awarding $2,000 bar grants to our graduating 3Ls entering the public interest and service sector.

If you would like to make a contribution to support a graduating 3L, please click here.
Please specify “public interest grants” in the comments section under “Additional details about my support.”

Sponsorship Levels:

Alumni Visionary Sponsor ($2000 & up)

  • Named Bar Grant
  • Two complimentary tickets to event
  • Name recognized in written Program
  • Name recognized during closing Editor-in-Chief remarks
  • Special shout out on CLR Twitter
  • Handwritten Thank You Card from CLR

Alumni Champion Sponsor ($1000 & up)

  • Two complimentary tickets to event
  • Name recognized in written Program
  • Name recognized during closing Editor-in-Chief remarks
  • Special shout out on CLR Twitter
  • Handwritten Thank You Card from CLR

Alumni Partner Sponsor ($500 & up)

  • Two complimentary tickets to event
  • Name recognized in written Program
  • Special shout out on CLR Twitter
  • Handwritten Thank You Card from CLR

Alumni Supporter Sponsor ($250 & up)

  • Two complimentary tickets to event
  • Name recognized in written Program
  • Special shout out on CLR Twitter

Alumni Contributor Sponsor ($150 & up)

  • Name recognized in written Program
  • Special shout out on CLR Twitter

Alumni CLR Friend Sponsor (Below $150)

  • Name recognized in written Program

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

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law

The 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.


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

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
Restorative Justice Committee
Queer Caucus
Women of Berkeley Law
Womxn of Color Collective

Firm Sponsors


2018 Thomas M. Jorde Symposium

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 4:00 pm
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law

This year’s annual Jorde Symposium will feature James Forman Jr. of Yale Law School. The event will focus on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book about mass incarceration, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. The panel of discussants will include L. Song Richardson, Dean of U.C. Irvine School of Law, Professor Devon Carbado of UCLA Law School, and Professor David Sklansky of Stanford Law School. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Join us!




Annual Jorde Symposium

Please join us for our annual Jorde Symposium on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Room 110 at Boalt Hall. Reception to follow in West Courtyard.

CLR Meet and Greet, Sponsored by Foley & Lardner

Tuesday, April 4th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Mentorship Assignment and Informal Write-On Training Period

Monday, April 3rd – Wednesday, May 10th

Write-On Registration

April 3rd – Wednesday May 10th

[Postponed] Alumni Banquet

UPDATE: Due to campus policy cancelling all in-person events through Friday, April 3, we regretfully have to postpone our Alumni Banquet to Fall 2020. Thank you to all who have registered, contributed to our silent auction, or donated to our fundraiser, the proceeds of which will still be awarded to our graduating 3Ls.

We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you at our rescheduled Banquet. 

[Postponed] Women & Law: A Conversation with Dr. Karen Korematsu

UPDATE ON 3/9/2020: We regret to announce that, given recent public health advisories discouraging large gatherings of people, we must postpone our “Women & Law: A Conversation with Dr. Karen Korematsu” event to a later date. We understand that this may cause disappointment, but we want to ensure that we are putting people’s health first. Thank you for your understanding. Original posting below.

The historic joint publication, Women & Law, includes personal essays authored by prominent women in the legal community. Authors reflect on topics such as motherhood, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and working as a woman of color in the legal profession. Dr. Karen Korematsu, Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, authored an essay, Carrying on Korematsu: Reflections on my Father’s Legacy, on behalf of the California Law Review for this special joint issue that brought together the flagship law reviews of the top sixteen law schools in the country.

Please join us for this special lunch program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the historic joint Women & Law publication. Dr. Korematsu will open by reading an excerpt from her essay. Dean Molly Van Houweling will then moderate a conversation with Dr. Korematsu.

Boxed lunches will be available while supplies last. This event is open to the public and will take place in Room 132 in the Law Building

Sponsored by The Fred T. Korematsu Institute, Berkeley Law Office of the Dean, and the California Law Review.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event.

Why Publish During Law School?

April 19, 2021 | 1:00PM to 2:00PM

The California Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and Ecology Law Quarterly are excited to cohost a panel on publishing a student note. The panel, consisting of professors and student authors, will discuss opportunities to develop your writing and the ways in which publishing a student note can help your law career. Please join us to find out if note-writing is a good fit for you and, if so, some tips for fall 2021 course registration! Reach out CLR‘s Senior Notes Editor, Amy Reavis, with any questions:

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Amy Reavis at with as much advance notice as possible.




Talha Syed

Talha Syed teaches at UC Berkeley Law. His research and teaching interests are in Intellectual Property, Antitrust, Tort Law, and Law and Political Economy. He taught the Law Technology Writing Workshop in Fall 2019 and Fall 2020. His work has been published in, among others, Yale Law JournalTexas Law Review, and The Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Robert Infelise

Robert Infelise (’80) is a Christopher Edley, Jr. Lecturer and the former acting director of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. He is a senior litigation partner at Cox, Castle, and Nicholson, and formerly the managing partner of Cox Castle’s San Francisco office. His practice emphasizes matters involving soil and groundwater contamination. Professor Infelise has taught at Berkeley Law since 1994. Among other courses, he teaches Environmental Law & Policy and the Environmental Law Writing Seminar. He is proud to be the faculty advisor to ELQ.

Joy Milligan

Joy Milligan is an Assistant Professor of Law. Professor Milligan received her PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she served as Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund as a Skadden Fellow and was a fellow at the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy. She published a student note, “Pluralism in America: Why Judicial Diversity Improves Legal Decisions About Political Morality” in the New York University Law Review.

Student Authors

Meet Mehta

Meet’s note, ‘New SCA Framework to Unclothe the Business Model Attack,’ was written in the Law and Technology Writing Workshop. His piece suggests a new analytical framework for courts to use when analyzing modern cases under the SCA. The framework and the modernized conceptualizations of the SCA underlying it help structure the SCA analysis and clarify the business model attack on social media companies.”

Betsy Marshall

Betsy Marshall (’22) is an outgoing Articles Editor for ELQ. Her note, “A Potentially Responsible Party Walks into a Bar: Using State Common Law to Encourage Efficient CERCLA Cleanups” is forthcoming in ELQ. She previously published a comment in ELQ about the application of the public trust doctrine on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Madison Lo

Madison Lo (’21) is an Associate Editor for CLR. Her note, “A Domestic Violence Dystopia: Abuse Via the Internet of Things and Remedies Under Current Law,” is published in the February 2021 issue of CLR. Her piece discusses the implications of Internet of Things technologies on domestic violence, analyzes current remedies, and offers suggestions for reform within and beyond the legal system.