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Friday, November 6, 2015, 9am - 4pm
Alumni Reception Center
UC Hastings College of Law
200 McAllister Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact 2015HRPLJSymposium@gmail.com for more info.
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The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal cordially invites you to a symposium on Friday, November 6, 2015 entitled: “21st Century Civil Rights: Community Empowerment Police Reform.” This year’s symposium will provide an opportunity for legal practitioners, community members, academics, and law students to examine past and current attempts at addressing police misconduct, to discuss current and past challenges and successes of identified solutions, and to determine the most promising avenues for securing police accountability measures. Panel topics will focus on topics such as grand juries and community prosecution, body cameras and other evidentiary issues, including asset forfeiture, and citizen oversight of law enforcement with keynote remarks by Alameda County Public Defender, Brendon Woods. Dialogue will center on the historical and present day struggles in the fight for criminal justice and policing reform, and will consider the role of the legal field in empowering diverse communities in this incredibly urgent 21st century civil rights movement. We hope you will join us for our annual symposium! Please see below for more details:
9:00a-9:30a: Breakfast & Registration
9:30a: Welcome Remarks
Allyssa Villanueva, Symposium Editor
Frank H. Wu, Dean & Chancellor of UC Hastings
9:40a: Opening Speaker
Monica Ramirez, Special Assistant Attorney General with the CA Dept. of Justice
10:00-11:30am: Panel 1: Grand Juries in Prosecuting Officers
Sharon Meadows, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal, Racial, and Juvenile Justice Clinics at the University of San Francisco School of Law
Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
Joshua Hill, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
Moderated by UC Hastings Professor Kate Bloch
11:30am: Special Remarks
Cephus Johnson, Love Not Blood Campaign
12:00pm: Keynote Address
Brendon Woods, Alameda County Public Defender
1:15pm – 2:30pm: Panel 2: Police Body Cameras - Evidentiary Issues & Implementation Policies
Jacque Wilson, Deputy San Francisco Public Defender
Sean Whent, City of Oakland Chief of Police
Seth Morris, Deputy Alameda County Public Defender
Moderated by UC Hastings Professor Hadar Aviram
2:45pm-4:00pm: Panel 3: Formulating Effective Citizens’ Police Oversight
Anthony Finnell, Executive Director of the Oakland Citizens’ Police Review Board
John Crew, Former ACLU Police Practices Expert
Brian Buchner, President of the National Association for Community Oversight of Law Enforcement
Ines Vargas Fraenkel, San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints
Moderated by UC Hastings Professor Aaron Rappaport
4:00pm Closing Remarks
For Biographies of our speakers, please click here: Speakers' Biographies
Keynote Speaker: Brendon Woods, Alameda Public Defender
Public Defender Brendon D. Woods was born in Queens, New York in 1970. As a young child, he moved from an urban environment in New York, to a military base in Hawaii, to a trailer park in South Carolina, finally ending up in California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992 with a degree in Political Science and enrolled in the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 1993.
While at USF, Woods interned at the State Public Defenders Office and the San Francisco Superior Court’s Criminal Division. Upon graduation from USF in 1996, Woods worked as a post-bar clerk in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office until he was hired as an Associate Deputy Public Defender in 1998. Throughout his nineteen year career with the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Woods has represented thousands of individuals accused of every possible crime. He started out handling low level misdemeanors and eventually worked his way up to serious and violent felonies. To date, he has represented three clients facing the death penalty, none of whom received a death verdict.
In September 2009, he was selected to be on the Alameda County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee, which evaluates and recommends judicial candidates to the governor. That same month he was appointed by former California Chief Justice Ronald George to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Criminal Law Advisory Committee, a committee that makes recommendations for improving the administration of justice in criminal proceedings by reviewing issues in court administration, proposing changes to rules of court, and reviewing and recommending legislation.
Woods has served as a Senior Assistant Public Defender; Felony Trial Staff Supervisor; Fremont Branch Supervisor; and Recruitment, Hiring and Diversity Officer for his office. On December 17, 2012, he was unanimously appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as the Public Defender for Alameda County. As the Public Defender, he directs 103 attorneys, 18 field investigators and numerous support staff, operating out of five branches throughout the County, to provide legal defense in more than 3,300 new cases every month.
Mr. Woods knew since the first day of law school that he wanted to be a public defender in order to serve indigent clients – to provide them with zealous and effective advocacy in the face of terrible charges, to treat them with humanity and respect, and to show them that someone cares about them and is willing to fight for them no matter what the odds. Now, as the Public Defender of Alameda County, his client-centered practice gives a voice to the voiceless, ensures that no one faces the government alone, and protects the wrongfully accused, the homeless, the poor, the unfortunate and the neglected. In doing so, he also protects the constitutional rights of everyone in his community.
During the past weekend, Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal (HRPLJ) leaders represented UC Hastings at the 8th Annual Critical Race Studies symposium hosted by UCLA School of Law. UC Hastings 3Ls, Rodney Nickens, Jr., HRPLJ Co-Editor-in-Chief, and Allyssa Villanueva, HRPLJ Symposium Editor, traveled to Los Angeles for the day and a half conference focused on criminal justice reform, race and police violence. Speakers included world-renowned legal academics and practitioners from across the country who shared their expertise on how Critical Race Theory and criminal justice reform intersect to provide a potential path to policy solutions that can effectively address ongoing incidents of officer misconduct across the nation.
The symposium featured remarks by the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on the history of racism and racial violence justified by American courts and her proactive approach to administering justice in the judiciary as a member of the bench. The event also included powerful and solemn remarks by California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell of Los Angeles on the burden police reform presents to the State legislature and her unrelenting policy efforts to address the issue of police violence and officer misconduct in communities of color.
The closing plenary discussed policy solutions and the work of civil rights organizations at the forefront of the issue, in addition to tips for moving forward. HRPLJ leaders had the opportunity to promote their own symposium which will take place at UC Hastings on November 6 in the Alumni Reception Center and will focus on the related topic of community empowerment in police reform. HRPLJ Symposium organizers hope that this event will provide a unique opportunity for Hastings and the entire Bay Area legal community to contribute to the important dialogue occurring across the nation and to present practical insights on current and proposed reform.
Please click here for more information on HRPLJ's upcoming symposium.
Please RSVP here.
Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal presents “Judging and Daring to be Fair”
A discussion with recently-retired Judge David Matthew Krashna who served as a judicial officer with the Alameda County courts for over 23 years. Judge Krashna will speak as to his life, serving as the first and still only Black student body president at the University of Notre Dame, growing up in the heyday of the Civil Rights movement, and the path that led him to a career in the judiciary - recounting potholes and scenic routes. Judge Krashna will also be promoting his new book, Black Domers: Seventy Years at Notre Dame, which chronicles the experiences of Black alumni and students at the University of Notre Dame.
Hastings and HRPLJ alum S. C. Thomas, '12, a graduate of the Capitol Fellows program and a mediator of civil rights disputes, will moderate the discussion and engage Judge Krashna in a dialogue on the benefits of a career in state government, navigating the state judiciary, and advise students on how to pursue entry level career opportunities in the public sector. The discussion will also focus on the importance of social justice lawyering and current efforts at increasing diversity in legal education, the bar and the bench.
21st Century Civil Rights: Community Empowerment in Police Reform - 14th Annual Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal Symposium
The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal cordially invites you to a symposium on Friday, November 6, 2015 entitled: “21st Century Civil Rights: Community Empowerment Police Reform.” This year’s symposium will provide an opportunity for legal practitioners, community members, academics, and law students to examine past and current attempts at addressing police misconduct, to discuss current and past challenges and successes of identified solutions, and to determine the most promising avenues for securing police accountability measures. Panel topics will focus on topics such as grand juries and community prosecution, body cameras and other evidentiary issues, including asset forfeiture, and citizen oversight of law enforcement with keynote remarks by Alameda County Public Defender, Brendon Woods. Dialogue will center on the historical and present day struggles in the fight for criminal justice and policing reform, and will consider the role of the legal field in empowering diverse communities in this incredibly urgent 21st century civil rights movement. We hope you will join us for our annual symposium! Please see below to register and for more details:
Registration is now closed! Limited on site registration will be available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for specific inquiries
9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
9:30-10:00am: Welcome and Opening Keynote by Monica Ramirez, Special Assistant Attorney General, CA Department of Justice
10:00-11:30am: PANEL 1 - Grand Jury Reform and Prosecutorial Discretion
Nancy O'Malley, District Attorney for Alameda County
Sharon Meadows, Professor of Law at University of San Francisco and Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic
12:00pm: Lunch Keynote by Brendon Woods, Public Defender for Alameda County
1:00pm-2:30pm: PANEL 2 - Body Camera Policies and Evidentiary Issues
Sean Whent, Oakland Chief of Police
Jaques Wilson, Deputy Public Defender for the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender and head of the Courtwatch program for the Public Defenders for Racial Justice
Peter Keane, Professor of Law at Golden Gate University Law School
2:45pm-4:00pm: PANEL 3- Community Police Oversight Bodies
Anthony Finnel, Executive Director of the Citizens' Police Review Board for the City of Oakland
Brian Buchner, President of the National Association of Community Oversight of Law Enforcement
John Crew, former ACLU police practices specialist
In 2014, American police officers killed over 1,000 civilians in the United States. This number is an underestimation of the actual number of civilian deaths since there is no central reporting system and no federal requirement for police departments to report this data to the United States Department of Justice. This number skyrockets when you account for non-lethal forms of officer misconduct, excessive use of force, and other forms of police brutality. The prevalence of violence and misconduct by law enforcement officers prompted President Obama to convene a federal task force on 21st century policing. The "President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing" produced a recommendation report for all law enforcement agencies around the country that included several action items designed to increase transparency, oversight, and accountability of local and state police departments to the public they serve.
While the nation continues to debate the role of law enforcement agencies and officer misconduct in communities of color against the backdrop of high-profile beatings and extra-judicial killings of unarmed African-American and Latino men, women, and children around the country, the San Francisco Bay Area exists as a fascinating case study for the rest of the country. As a result of Allen v. City of Oakland (known as the Riders case), a high-profile civil rights lawsuit involving alleged police misconduct in 2003, the Oakland Police Department has been under federal oversight for over a decade. Furthermore, a recent study released by the W. Haywood Burns Institute, a non-profit organization in Oakland, confirmed that pervasive racial bias continues to persist in the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), as well. According to the report, African-American adults in San Francisco are 11 times as likely as Whites to be booked into county jail. Despite a 21 percent decrease in the number of African-American adults living in the city between 1994 and 2013, the disparity gap in arrests has increased. In 1994, 4.6 African Americans were arrested for every White person.
However, in 2013, more than seven Blacks were arrested for every White arrest. Thus, African American residents of San Francisco continue to be overrepresented in every step of the criminal justice process. Nevertheless, San Francisco and Oakland police departments have made some progress since the 2003 "Riders case" and the 2009 high-profile killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed African-American man whose murder on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform inspired the critically-acclaimed movie, "Fruitvale." Unfortunately, there remains much work to do to ensure that the civil and human rights of communities of color are truly respected by those who have sworn to "protect and serve."
The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal cordially invites you to a symposium on Friday, November 6, 2015 entitled: “21st Century Civil Rights: Community Empowerment Police Reform.” This year’s symposium will provide an opportunity for legal practitioners, community members, academics, and law students to examine past and current attempts at addressing police misconduct, to discuss current and past challenges and successes of identified solutions, and to determine the most promising avenues for securing police accountability measures. Panel topics will focus on topics such as grand juries and community prosecution, body cameras and other evidentiary issues, including asset forfeiture, and citizen oversight of law enforcement with keynote remarks by Alameda County Public Defender, Brendon Woods. Dialogue will center on the historical and present day struggles in the fight for criminal justice and policing reform, and will consider the role of the legal field in empowering diverse communities in this incredibly urgent 21st century civil rights movement. We hope you will join us for our annual symposium! Please below for more details:
When: Friday, November 6, 2015
Where: Alumni Reception Center
UC Hastings College of Law
200 McAllister Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact: 2015HRPLJSymposium@gmail.com for more info.
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HRPLJ and a coalition of other likeminded UC Hastings student groups have teamed together to co-host this panel with ASUCH, Professor Aviram, and the Office of the Academic Dean. We are very excited about this event and are grateful for your help in promoting it. One highlight is that our very own Allyssa Villanueva will be helping to present the welcoming remarks. The information about the event can be found below, and the Facebook page for the event can be found here. Please distribute it to your listservs, post in your Facebook groups, etc.
POLICING ON TRIAL: COMMUNITY, RACE, PROTEST AND REFORM - March 19, 2015 from 2:30 – 9:00 pm in the Alumni Reception Center
Recent events nationwide have brought police-community relations into the limelight, raising serious questions about accountability, over-enforcement, and abuse of force, particularly in the context of race. As communities, police departments, lawmakers, advocates, and activists struggle to make sense of recent casualties of police abuse--Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others--these serious questions become even more important. What are the limits of discretion in law enforcement? To what extent can racial biases be addressed through legal processes? What are the boundaries of exclusion and apprehension in public space? Do different spaces—public transit stations, the street, neighborhoods—differ in the ability to exclude and profile people in them? Should policing power be extended to neighborhood watches and private patrols? Is increased visibility--lapel cameras, cellular phones, and social media--a viable solution? How to make sense of accountability and enforcement mechanisms?
These issues beg for a knowledgeable, high-quality conversation, which Hastings is uniquely positioned to host. The conference will feature academics, law enforcement agents, civil rights organizations, lawyers and community activists, in conversation about the future of policing in the aftermath of tragedy, community outrage, and calls for reform. It is the kind of conversation that the Bay Area, and the nation, needs and deserves.
Please click here to register.
2:00-2:30 p.m. - Registration
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. - Jasmine Monique Hudson, Poet; Welcoming Remarks – Joy Siu, ASUCH and Allyssa Villanueva, BLSA
2:45-4:30 p.m. - Panel I: Improving Police-Community Relations: L. Song Richardson, University of California Irvine; Rashidah Grinage, Pueblo; Donald Dalke, Maxwell Park Private Patrol; Chief Chris Magnus, Richmond Police; Michael Tubbs, Stockton City Council
4:45-6:15 p.m. - Panel II: Holding the Police Accountable: John Burris, Law Offices of John L. Burris; Mary McNamara, White Collar Crime/Appellate Attorney; Robert Gammon, East Bay Express; Stephen Rushin, University of Illinois
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Reception
7:00-9:00 p.m. - Introduction of the Film Fruitvale Station by Arneta Rogers, BLSA, HRPLJ; viewing of Fruitvale Station
9:00 p.m. - Post Film Discussion with Professor Hadar Aviram and Professor Osagie Obasogie, UC Hastings College of the Law
What's the 'G'? Gentrification and the Myth of Fair Housing- Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal Symposium
A week ago, the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal had its 2015 symposium. It was a great success through the efforts of the attendees, guest speakers, and our journal members.
Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, and made this event a success!
This Wednesday, our keynote address will be delivered by San Fracisco City & County Supervisor for District 6, Jane Kim.
Get your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-the-g-gentrification-and-the-myth-of-fair-housing-tickets-15287810252
Schedule of speakers below:
8:30-9:15 A.M. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:20 – 9:30 A.M. - Welcome: Prof. Ascanio Piomelli
9:30 – 10:45 A.M. - Housing Crisis History
Moderated by: Prof. Miye Goishi
Panelists: Danielle DeRuiter-Williams, Urban Habitat, Allison Elgart, Equal Justice Society, Marcia Rosen, National Housing Law Project, Jennifer Willis, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
11:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. - Current Manifestations and the Impact of the Tech Industry
Moderated by: Prof. Emer. Mark Aaronson
Panelists: Dale Carlson, ShareBetter San Francisco Coalition, Leslie Dreyer, Interdisciplinary Artist & Community Organizer, Fernando Marti, Council of CommunityHousing Organizations, Tony Roshan Samara, Urban Habitat, Andrew Szeto, SF Tenants Union, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
12:30 – 1:00 P.M. - Lunch
1:15 – 1:45 P.M. - Keynote: Supervisor Jane Kim
2:00 – 3:15 P.M. - Gentrification and Vulnerable Populations
Moderated by: Prof. Gail Silverstein
Panelists: Onki Kwan, Bayview-Hunters Point Community Legal, Sonja Trauss, SF Bay Area Renter’s Federation, David Zisser, Public Advocates
3:30 – 4:45 P.M. - Breakout Sessions
Topics: The Role of Lawyers in Providing Direct Housing Legal Services and Implementing Housing Policy
Facilitators: Christina Lee, Eviction Defense Collaborative, Zoe Polk, San Francisco Human Rights Campaign
5 – 5:15 P.M. - Closing Remarks
5:30 – 7:00 P.M. - Closing Reception, Skyroom, 100 McAllister Tower, 24th Floor
“It is important for us (lawyers) not to just talk about the problems but to be visible in the community”- Allyssa Villanueva, 2L HRPLJ Staff Editor
Allyssa Villanueva is an outgoing law student who is a 2L Staff Editor for HRPLJ and the Co-President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Additionally, she was one of the organizers for the Bay Area Die-In on January 16, 2015.
Read more: Bay Area Lawyers State "Die In" at CA Supreme Court
Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal is committed to promoting and inspiring discourse in the legal community regarding issues of race, poverty, social justice, and the law. This Journal is committed to addressing disparities in the legal system. We will create an avenue for compelling dialogue on the subject of the growing marginalization of racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged. It is our hope that the legal theories addressed in this Journal will prove useful in remedying the structural inequalities facing our communities.
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