Race of the Races: Privilege, Exclusion and Inequality among People of Color in the Law

A symposium presented by Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and the Latina/o Law Students Association (LLSA) at UC Irvine

Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
EDU 1111, UC Irvine School of Law (map)

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The Race of the Races symposium focuses on the inter-group and group-specific experiences of people of color under the law. Sociolegal scholars, practitioners, and community organizers have been invited to share their expertise on some of the most salient issues affecting communities of color—higher education, mass criminalization, and employment.

Given the recent presidential election, the Race of the Races symposium arrives at an especially critical time. We intend to steer our discussion towards finding opportunities for solidarity across different contexts—the Black Lives Matter movement, immigrant rights’ movement, anti-Islamophobia movement—and identifying what role(s) lawyers and law students can play in dismantling oppressive legal regimes.

Keynote Speaker

  • Frank B. Wilderson, Professor of African American Studies and Drama, African American Studies School of Humanities, UC Irvine
    12:00–1:15 p.m., Room EDU 1111

Panel Topics

Affirmative Action: Demystifying Diversity and Fisher v. Texas

9:15–10:30 a.m.

  • Jonathan Glater, Professor of Law at UCI Law
  • Mark Rosenbaum, Director of the Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law Project and Adjunct Professor of Law at UCI Law

State Violence against Racially Subordinated Groups: Solidarity or Separation?

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

  • Povi-Tamu Bryant, Core Member, Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives
  • Jennifer Chacón, Professor of Law at UCI Law
  • Omar Farah, Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Daria Roithmayr, George T. and Harriet E. Pfleger Chair in Law at USC Gould School of Law

Critical Race: Understanding the Master Narrative

1:15–2:30 p.m.

  • Jody Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law
  • Laura Gómez, Interim Dean of UCLA College Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law
  • Lisa Ikemoto, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law

Racial Opportunity and Limitations in the Legal Profession

2:45–4:00 p.m.

  • Meera Deo, Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Bryant Garth, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at UCI Law
  • John Gibson, Partner at Crowell & Moring

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact UC Irvine School of Law at (949) 824-0066