Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In & Training: Mobilizing for Justice in an Unjust World

Saturday, January 13, 2018
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law (Directions)

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Photo illustration of  Martin Luther King Jr.

Established in 2017, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-in & Training at UCI Law provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and local attorneys to come together to discuss opportunities to advocate for justice in a variety of legal practices. The event involves not only discussion, but also a call to action for those concerned about the effects of those current government decisions at local, state, and national levels that impact civil rights; the criminal justice system; immigrants; housing; education; cybersecurity; and the rights of organizers to speak and assemble.

Training will be provided for attorneys and community members interested in serving as Legal Observers at demonstrations and other events held around Southern California where protesters and/or event organizers are concerned about First Amendment rights.  

The plenary session will be recorded and made available to the UCI Law community within 72 hours of the event. Breakout sessions, however, will only be recorded upon request and with the permission of the panelists.


8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Opening Plenary featuring:

9:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Session 1 (Choose 1) 9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
    1. LEGAL OBSERVER TRAINING: (Please note: The same training will be offered during both sessions. Interested participants should sign up for just one session.) Attorney Ameena Qazi, Mirza Law Office and Consulting
    2. CYBERSECURITY: "Net Neutrality, Fake News and Freedom of Speech: What to Know About Today's Media Environment, and How to Make It Better," Prof. Jack Lerner
    3. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: "Race and the Criminal Justice System," Dean L. Song Richardson; Prof.  Mario Barnes; Prof. Alexandra NatapoffScott Sanders, Orange County Public Defender's Office
  • Session 2 (Choose 1) 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    1. LEGAL OBSERVER TRAINING #2: (Please note: The same training will be offered during both sessions. Interested participants should sign up for just one session.) Jill Humphries, PhD, National Lawyers Guild - Los Angeles Chapter
    2. EDUCATION LAW: "Transgender Student Rights," Prof. Jonathan Glater; Alisa Hartz, Public Counsel, UCI Law Alum '12 
    3. IMMIGRATION LAW: "Family Separation in the Context of Asylum Law," Prof. Annie LaiErika Pinheiro, Al Otro Lado
    4. HOUSING: "Homelessness: Problems and Solutions," Prof. Bob Solomon; Eve Garrow, ACLU of Southern California; Catherine Sweetser, Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP

This event includes sessions approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

For more event details, or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please email UCI Law Events Manager Jillian Henry at