UCI Law to Host Third Annual UC Public Service Law Conference


IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2020) — University of California President Janet Napolitano and Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA 45th) will be featured speakers at the Third Annual University of California Public Interest Legal Conference hosted by the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law). The conference, which is aimed at supporting law students and graduates pursuing their passion for providing justice to all, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Lawyers who serve the public interest can use the power of the law to promote positive change and strengthen our democracy, and we believe training the next generation of public service lawyers is now more important than ever. We hope to bring together a wide array of students, academics, and professionals and to inspire current law students and young lawyers to become leaders in advancing vital civic causes,” said UC President Janet Napolitano.

Funded by the UC Office of the President, the conference will bring together all four of the UC law schools (UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UCI) and hundreds of law students, faculty members, lawyers, and nonprofit professionals committed to advancing civil rights and the public good.

The conference schedule features a morning panel with UCI Law Dean L. Song Richardson, UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Davis School of Law Dean, Kevin Johnson and UCLA School of Law Dean, Jennifer Mnookin, which will be moderated by UC President Napolitano. Throughout the event, there will be breakout sessions on the following topics: housing, plaintiffs work, rural law, voting rights, government work, environmental justice, immigration and criminal justice. Additionally, there will be a lunch-time discussion on DACA litigation with President Napolitano and Jeff Davidson, Partner at Covington & Burling LLP. Congresswoman Katie Porter, who joined UCI Law as a faculty member in 2011 and is on unpaid leave while she serves as Congressmember, will give the evening keynote speech. A livestream of the conference will be available online.

More About the UC Public Service Law Conference

The UC Public Service Law Conference is possible due to the generosity of the University of California Office of the President. UC-trained attorneys prove every day that the law is a powerful vehicle for social change, defense of personal rights, and a protector for underserved causes. And, as UC law students and graduates strive to seek justice through education and hands-on experience, this conference shall serve as a platform to better understand opportunities to provide justice and defend rights to some of the most vulnerable communities locally, statewide, nationally, and even globally.  

About the University of California, Irvine School of Law

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is a visionary law school and provides an innovative and comprehensive curriculum, prioritizes public service, and demonstrates a commitment to diversity within the legal profession. UCI Law students have completed more than 90,000 hours of pro bono work in the past decade. Forty-five percent of UCI Law’s graduates are students of color. The collaborative and interdisciplinary community at UCI Law includes extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, engaged alumni, and enthusiastic supporters. More information on UCI Law is available here. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ucilaw and SnapChat: ucilaw.

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