Time: 9:00am - 6:30pm, April 6, 2006
Location: Pauley Ballroom, located on U.C. Berkeley’s main campus
(at the intersection of Bancroft and Telegraph)
Event Overview:

November 2006 marked ten years since California voters passed Proposition 209, the ballot initiative that banned affirmative action programs in public education, employment, and contracting. The impact of Proposition 209's enactment upon communities of color in California has been gravely detrimental. To expose the consequences that dismantling affirmative action has had in California, and to explore ways of reversing these negative effects, Boalt Impacting 209, a coalition of identity journals at U.C. Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), presented Overturning 209: a Joint Symposium and Movement.

Overturning 209 brought together students, attorneys, scholars, activists, and policymakers from across the state to discuss the impact of Proposition 209 on our communities and to debate effective responses we can use to create a more just society. The event featured panels analyzing: (1) the impact of Proposition 209, (2) litigation responses to Proposition 209, (3) policy responses to Proposition 209, and (4) community mobilization efforts to overturn Proposition 209. Each panel addressed Proposition 209 in the contexts of education, employment, and contracting.

Our symposium aimed to:

  • Initiate a statewide dialogue about the negative effects of Proposition 209;
  • Incite action to overturn Proposition 209;
  • Mobilize student participation in the fight to bring back affirmative action;
  • Build coalitions among students, professionals, activists, and policymakers;
  • Strategize around increasing the presence of women and people of color in politics; and
  • Publish scholarship produced by the symposium in our respective journals.


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Thursday, April 6th
9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Christopher Edley, Jr., Dean, Boalt Hall School of Law

Pauley Ballroom

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California Berkeley

Pauley Ballroom

9:15 AM - 9:35 AM

9:40 AM

The Cost of Ending Affirmative Action

Bill Kidder, Office of the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs
Bob Laird, University of California, Berkeley (former Dean of Admissions)
Monique Morris, Impact Fund/Discrimination Research Center
Beth Youhn, Tradeswomen, Inc.

Pauley Ballroom

9:40 AM - 10:50 AM

11:00 AM

209 On Trial: Litigation Responses

Dorothy Ehrlich, ACLU, Northern California
Marina Hsieh, Santa Clara University School of Law
Oren Sellstrom, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Hector Villagra, ACLU, Orange County Branch Office

Pauley Ballroom

11:00 AM - 12:10 PM

12:10 PM

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Pauley Ballroom

12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Impact 209: Research Needs Assessment (presentation)

Guy Johnson
Karen Clopton

Pauley Ballroom

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

1:20 PM

Keynote Address

Eva Patterson, Equal Justice Society

Pauley Ballroom

1:20 PM - 1:50 PM

2:00 PM

When The Odds Are Against You: Policy Responses and Alternatives

Angelo Ancheta, University of Santa Clara School of Law
Margaret Gordon, Scotlan Youth & Family Development Center
Julian Gross, The Partnership for Working Families
David Montejano, University of California, Berkeley

Pauley Ballroom

2:00 PM - 3:10 PM

3:20 PM

Uniting to Overturn 209

Khaled Beydoun, ACLU of Michigan
Maria Blanco, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Paule Cruz-Takash, Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists
Luna Yasui, Chinese for Affirmative Action

Pauley Ballroom

3:20 PM - 4:30 PM

4:40 PM

Closing Remarks

Various Speakers

Pauley Ballroom

4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM


Various Speakers

Pauley Ballroom

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM