Time: 9:00am - 7:30pm, March 4, 2013
Location: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Event Overview:

The Berkeley La Raza Law Journal (LRLJ) and Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy (BJALP) co-hosted their annual symposium on Monday, March 4th, 2013 from 9:00 am-6:30 pm at UC Berkeley School of Law.

This year’s symposium, Mapping the Ballot: Voting Rights and the Propensity for Electoral Success in a “Post-Racial” America, brought together a diverse group of cutting edge advocates, practitioners and scholars to dissect the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, the continuance of minority vote dilution in the face of rapid demographic change, the implications of voter suppression and dilution on the 2012 general election, and litigation strategies capable of promoting racial equity despite a ‘color blind’ and hostile jurisprudential landscape. The day long event featured several panel discussions and strategy sessions.

To read more about our symposium, "Mapping The Ballot Box: Voting Rights and the Propensity for Electoral Success in a 'Post Racial' America", click here.


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Monday, March 4th
9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

john a. powell, Berkeley Law
Joaquin Avila, Seattle University School of Law

Booth Auditorium

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:45 AM

Option II: Section 5 in a Colorblind Era: Constitutional Challenges Posed by the Contemporary Racial Order

Kareem U. Crayton, Associate Professor of Law, University of North Carolina
Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine
Franita Tolson, Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights, Florida State University
Nicholas Espiritu, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Goldberg Room

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussions Session I: The Historical Exclusion of Minority Elected Officials from the LA County Board of Supervisors & The Fight for Three Majority-Minority Supervisorial Districts

Richard P. Fajardo, Los Angeles County Legislative Analayst
Leobardo Estrada, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
Steven Ochoa, Mexian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Steven Reyes, Senior Legislative Deputy, Los Angeles County

Warren Room

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

11:15 AM

Option II: Voter ID’s, Election-Roll Purging, and the Coordinated New Assault on Minority Voting Rights

Nancy Abudu, Senior Staff Attorney-Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Matt A. Barreto, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
Katherine Culliton-González, Senior Attorney & Co-Director of Voter Protection, Advancement Project

Goldberg Room

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussions Session II: Mapping Communities of Color: The Implications of 2010 Census Redistricting Plans on the 2012 General Election

Eugene Lee, Project Director-Voting Rights Project, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)
Myrna Pérez, Senior Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Astrid Garcia, Director of State Election Policy & Redistricting, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (National Association of Elected Latino Officials Educational Fund)

Warren Room

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

12:45 PM

Thelton E. Henderson Center’s Ruth Chance Lecture

Spencer A. Overton, Professor of Law, George Washington University

Berkeley Law, Room 110

12:45 PM - 2:00 AM

2:15 PM

Strategy Session Roundtables

Various Presenters

Various Locations

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

3:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Racial Equity & VRA Litigation Strategies Beyond the Racial Binary

Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
Terry Ao Minnis, Director of Census & Voting, Asian American Justice Center
Anita Earls, Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Robert Rubin, Director, California Voting Rights Institute

Booth Auditorium

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Thomas A. Saenz, President & General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Booth Auditorium

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

6:30 PM


Ian J. Brown, Symposium Editor, Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy
Sonja M. Diaz, Symposium Editor, Berkeley La Raza Law Journal

Steinhardt Courtyard

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM