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.