25 Years From Now: The Case for Diversity and Future of Affirmative Action in the Wake of Fisher and Schuette
Time: 8:00am - 6:30pm, March 3, 2014
Location: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Event Overview:

The Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy (BJALP) would like to cordially invite you to join us for our annual symposium on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at UC Berkeley School of Law. This year’s symposium, "25 Years From Now: The Case for Diversity and Future of Affirmative Action in the Wake of Fisher and Schuette," will bring together a diverse group of advocates, practitioners, and scholars to dissect both the constitutional and practical implications of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Fisher v. University of Texas and its upcoming decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. We look forward to engaging in an open and detailed discussion of the arguments for and against race-based affirmative action.

We have been working tirelessly to assemble a diverse group of speakers and panelists, who are present-day bastions of civil rights. Currently, our lineup of speakers includes California Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, who is spearheading the Equal Opportunity in Education Proposal (SCA 5), which would repeal prohibitions on the consideration of race or gender in public education programs, Richard D. Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation, Ralph Richard Banks of Stanford Law, David Gans of the Constitutional Accountability Center, and john a. powell of Berkeley Law. We hope that you will consider joining us for this important and timely event to undertake a targeted examination of the major obstacles facing Affirmative Action and its goals. The Symposium will begin at 9:00 am and will conclude at 6:30 pm.

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Schedule

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2014
Monday, March 3rd
8:00 AM

Registration and Refreshments

Frankie Garland, Symposium Editor

Donor Lobby

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Professor David Oppenheimer, Berkeley Law

Warren Room

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

The Constitutional Implications of Fisher and Schuette

Professor Russell Robinson, Berkeley Law (Moderator)
Professor Ralph Richard Banks, Stanford Law
Professor Meera Deo, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Shanta Driver, National Chair, Coalition To Defend Affirmative Action
David Gans, Constitutional Accountability Center
Stephen Menendian, Haas Institute For A Fair And Inclusive Society

Warren Room

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:15 AM

Morning Breakout Session I

Professor Ralph Richard Banks, Stanford Law

Room 134

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Morning Breakout Session II

Professor Meera Deo, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Room 141

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

12:45 PM

Keynote Address (Lunch Provided)

Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation
Stephen Menendian, Haas Institute For a Fair and Inclusive Society

Room 105

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

2:15 PM

Afternoon Breakout Session I

Shanta Driver, Coalition To Defend Affirmative Action
David Douglas, Chair of UC Berkeley's Defend Affirmative Action Party

Room 115

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Breakout Session II

Jonathan Feingold, Law Clerk, Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Room 134

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

3:30 PM

Affirmative Action on the Ground

Professor Kristen Holmquist, Berkeley Law (Moderator)
Aaron Agenbroad, Partner-In-Charge, Jones Day San Francisco
Tara Bedeau, Precise Aim Consulting
Sean Darling-Hammond, Berkeley Law
Stephen Graham, Managing Partner, Fenwick & West Seattle
Jonathan Feingold, Law Clerk, Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Booth Auditorium

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM

Equal Opportunity in Education Proposal (SCA 5) and the Future of Prop. 209

Dr. Ed Hernandez

Booth Auditorium

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Professor john a. powell, Berkeley Law/Haas Institute

Booth Auditorium

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Networking Reception With Refreshments

Frankie Garland, Symposium Editor

Goldberg Room

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM