CSLS Special Events

 Berkeley Law School

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FALL 2023

   Thurs, Nov. 2 @ 12:50 pm - CSLS Cosponsored Event

            The Scandal of Cal: A Book Talk Featuring Author Tony Platt & Professors Seth Davis, Nazune Menka      
            & Jonathan Simon

             Tony Platt, CSLS Affiliate
             Seth Davis, UC Berkeley
             Nazune Menka, UC Berkeley
             Jonathan Simon, UC Berkeley

             Sponsored by: the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and the Center for Race and Gender

             170 Law Building, Berkeley Law  | 12:50 - 2:00 p.m.

    Thurs, Oct. 26 @ 3:30 pm - CSLS Cosponsored Event

                 The Movement for Immigrant Voting Rights: Journey, Victories, Backlash, & Future

                 Annette Wong, Managing Director of Programs, Chinese for Affirmative Action
                 Ron Hayduk, San Francisco State University
                 Stephanie Zonszein Strauss, UC Berkeley
                 Eric Schickler, UC Berkeley
                 Irene Bloemraad, UC Berkeley

                 Sponsored by: the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, the Institute of Governmental Studies
                 the Asian American Research Center, and the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

                 109 Philosophy Hall (formerly Moses Hall), Institute of Governmental Studies Library  | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

                 For the event flyer, click here.

Wed, Sept. 20 @ 12:45 pm - CSLS Cosponsored Event

Book Talk: Japan's Prisoners of Conscience: Protest and Law During the Iraq War

Lawrence Repeta, Meiji University, Japan

Sponsored by: the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Legal StudiesSho Sato Program in Japanese Law, and the Center for Japanese Studies

Room 145, Berkeley Law | 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

For the event flyer and abstract, click here. 

FALL 2022

Mon, Oct. 3 @ 12pm (Virtual) - CSLS Cosponsored Event

Tolani Britton: Postsecondary Enrollment for Formerly Incarcerated Persons in California

Tolani Britton, Assistant Professor of Education, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by: Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

POSTPONED - Wednesday, November 16 at 12pm - CSLS Cosponsored Event - "Mass Incarceration and 21st Century Eugenics"

Hybrid: Latinx Research Center | 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA & via Zoom Webinar 

Jennifer James, Assistant Professor, Institute for Health & Aging, Dept. of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and UCSF Bioethics, University of California, San Francisco

Sponsored by: Berkeley Center for Social Medicine
Co-sponsored by: Center for the Study of Law and Society, Center for Race and Gender, Othering and Belonging Institute Diversity & Health Disparities Cluster


THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022 - CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series

STÉPHANE MECHOULAN, “Revisiting the Effects of Abortion Legalization on the Incidence of STDS”

Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave. | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Monday, April 25 - CSLS 6th Annual Robert A. Kagan Lecture in Law and Regulation w/TIMOTHY D. LYTTON

3:30 pm - 5:15pm with reception to follow | Goldberg Room (297)

Timothy D. Lytton, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development; Distinguished University Professor & Professor of Law at Georgia State University will present a lecture entitled, “Confronting Deep Uncertainty in Regulatory Science: Contaminated Lettuce and the Elusive Quest for Food Safety“.

The discussants will be Edward L. Rubin, University Professor of Law and Political Science, Vanderbilt University Law School and David J. Vogel, Professor of The Graduate School; Soloman P. Lee Chair Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics; Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department and Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

      This Article presents a case study that yields general principles for regulating risks characterized by “deep uncertainty.” These are risks that are unquantifiable, incomparable, and resistant to modeling. The Article identifies three attributes of deep uncertainty in food safety regulation. First, reliable data concerning the prevalence of harmful pathogens in the production process are unobtainable. Second, the factors that determine the risk that contamination poses to human health are extremely heterogeneous. Third, the causal chains that connect contamination to foodborne illness are bafflingly complex.
      Uncertainty is, by definition, a feature of all risk regulation. However, this Article argues that deep uncertainty frustrates standard approaches to managing risk. Deep uncertainty renders meaningful cost-benefit analysis impossible. It also prompts stakeholder anxiety that fuels demand for more stringent and detailed regulation despite a lack of scientific evidence, on the questionable theory that doing something is better than doing nothing. Regulatory performance cannot be enhanced by public-private partnerships that leverage private sector expertise because deep uncertainty is just as much a problem for industry experts as it is for agency officials.
      The Article explains how deep uncertainty has frustrated efforts to end recurrent foodborne illness outbreaks caused by contaminated leafy greens. Using insights gleaned from a critical analysis of competing theories of risk-regulation, the Article generates specific, feasible recommendations to help regulators cope with deep uncertainty. As it turns out, the lettuce fields of California are fertile ground not only for fresh produce but also for regulatory reform.

Thursday, March 31 - CSLS Cosponsored Event – Migration, Trauma and Resilience

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Migrants face trauma before, during, and after migration. The degree of the trauma may vary depending on the type and journey undertaken to reach the final destination, but it is present. Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative presents a talk with Ms. Tsui Yee, leading immigration lawyer, Dr. Gunisha Kaur, Anesthesiologist and human rights researcher, and Ms. Leah Spelman, Executive Director at the Partnerships for Trauma Recovery to discuss with moderator Prof. Khatharya Um of Ethnic Studies, what is the extent of trauma and how it manifests itself in the lives of migrants as they navigate their new realities. The talk will spotlight the need to study,research, and alleviate trauma in social, economic, political, and legal framework.

CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series 

3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.
Masks are required (click for more information).

Moderated by Catherine Albiston

Email CSLS Executive Director, Pamela Erickson to RSVP at pamelaerickson@berkeley.edu

Friday, February 18

Marie Manikis, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar
Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
"Recognizing State Accountability in Criminal Justice: A Communicative and Relational Framework"
Marc Hertogh, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
"Relational Legal Consciousness in the Punitive Welfare State: How Dutch Welfare Officials Shape Clients’ Perceptions of Law"

Friday, March 18 - via zoom and in-person | For the even flyer, click here
In-Person: Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave | Masking information.

Brad Roth, Professor of Political Science and Law, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
"The Moral Role of Positive Law in a Pluralist International Legal Order”

Associate Professor of Philosophy, University College London
“The Logic of Legitimacy”

JSP Forum Sessions - 1/19/22, 1/27/22, 2/2/22 - Click here for details. 

Wednesday, March 9 - CSLS Cosponsored Event - The Right-Wing Side of the Voting Wars

Emily Rong Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Stanford University

Sponsored by Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Political Science, Institute of Governmental Studies

4-5:30 pm, In-Person | Latinx Research Center, 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley

Click here for more information.

Over the past few years, the Voting Wars in the United States have escalated to outright election subversion. Among emerging threats include the Independent State Legislature Doctrine, espoused by several members of the Supreme Court, and the increasingly prominent narrative of election fraud. What is at stake? How did we get here? Who is defending these practices? To help answer these questions, this talk will examine the prior and ongoing litigation against voter suppression laws following the invalidation of the pre-clearance regime of the Voting Rights Act and against gerrymandered maps following the previous and the latest redistricting cycle.

FALL 2021

CSLS Cosponsored Event - CLAW Panel: The Future of Universal Family and Medical Leave

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm 

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a minimum standard of paid family or medical leave, even though universal paid leave enjoys strong public support. But Congress is currently considering legislation to create a national paid family leave policy in the United States as part of Biden’s Build Back Better bill.  What is at stake for working families and employers?  What are the larger policy implications of paid family leave for economic recovery, inequality, and the welfare of families?  Come hear an expert panel talk about what universal paid family leave will mean for American working families.

CATHERINE ALBISTON, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

VASU REDDY, Senior Policy Counsel for Economic Justice at the National Partnership for Women and Families
SHARON TERMAN, Director of the Work and Family Program and Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Aid at Work
JODY HEYMANN, UCLA Distinguished Professor, Fielding School of Public Health

CSLS Cosponsored Event - Studying Religious Symbols and Bias in Court Proceedings

November 9 | 12:30 pm | Hybrid | RSVP here

Canadian Studies' new Sproul Fellow Nicholas A. R. Fraser will discuss some of his own research that examines bias within Canadian judicial procedures against religious minorities. Using his own experimental data, Dr. Fraser will use the example of courtroom oaths as a window into how Canadian cultural expectations can subtly affect an immigrant's experience of "integration."

More information here


JSP Reunion Book Event Featuring Ashley Rubin, Ming Chen & Hadar Aviram

February 26, 2021 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

CLAW Symposium, cosponsored with CSLS, Reforming Policing Through Changing Labor Relations

See a recording of the January 29th event here.

CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series – Spring 2021

A Series of Talks by Center for the Study of Law & Society Visiting Scholars
Fridays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. via zoom
RSVP by emailing CSLS Executive Director, Pamela Erickson at pamelaerickson@berkeley.edu
Moderated by CSLS Faculty Director, Catherine Albiston

For the Spring Calendar, please click here

Please click here for other spring 2021 CSLS Events.

FALL 2020

Dialogues on Anti-Black Racism and Contesting it Across Borders (Cosponsored with CSLS): New Video Resources from the LUTA Initiative

Now on The LUTA Initiative's website are new video resources available as tools for critical pedagogy, research and political action on the forms, histories, and struggles against anti-black racism. In February 2019, LUTA and its diverse collaborators organized an historic symposium on Anti-Black State Violence In the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S., hosted at UC Berkeley.  The LUTA Initiative is committed to ensuring the far-reaching impact of these cross-national dialogues and exchanges for understanding and challenging anti-black racism and white supremacy, and their intersections with other forms of marginalizing individuals/communities across generations, cultures, and political systems. These symposium dialogues are now widely accessible for our communities, classrooms and research through translation and captioning in Portuguese and English. Videos range from conversations on anti-blackness and the nation-state, to genealogies of Black struggle, Black cultural production, transnational Black feminisms, policing and incarceration, re-imagining education, democracy, health and healing, and more. Please spread the word and share these resources with your friends and networks!

A luta continua! In solidarity,The LUTA Initiative


The Police & Carceral State: Conceptualizing, Tracking & Resisting the Beast

With Andreia Beatriz (Reaja ou Será Mort@) & Cat Brooks (Anti Police-Terror Project), 

moderated by Maria-Fátima Santos (UC Berkeley, Department of Sociology)

 (Panel video recording from Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas Symposium)

Recognizing and wrestling with the penal state is central to resisting mechanisms of racialized violence. Yet doing so is made difficult when the very communities needing to resist constitute the largest share of incarcerated people – keeping the stories, logics, and spirit of entire communities locked away. This panel focuses on understanding the realities and effects of policing and incarceration in Brazil and the United States, which confine the third and first largest incarcerated populations in the world, respectively. In both countries, those who are incarcerated are disproportionately Black. This panel tasks us to utilize transnational dialogues as a means to reveal the nature of the penal state, its imperialist dimensions, and its cunning logics, while regarding the experiences of state-incarcerated and -killed citizens. How can these countries’ histories be understood in relation to mechanisms of penal state power, and their racialized dimensions? In what ways do certain policy, institutional, and technological “innovations” obscure and conceal the violence of the policing and carceral state? Along with many more questions, this panel reveals and strengthens transnational exchange and highlights crucial logics of resistance. 

CSLS Cosponsored Event with Audrey Macklin and Leti Volpp

Audrey Macklin, Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law 
Leti Volpp, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
No Safe Country for Refugees? The Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement Before the Canadian Courts
Cosponsored with Canadian Studies Program (CAN))Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration InitiativeCenter for Race and Gender
Tuesday, September 1 | 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Click here for more information.

CSLS Cosponsored Event with Shannon Gleeson, Jennifer Chacón, Laura Enriquez & G. Cristina Mora

Shannon Gleeson, Associate Professor of Labor Relations & History, Cornell ILR School
Jennifer Chacón, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Laura Enriquez, Assistant Professor in Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine
G. Cristina Mora, Co-Director, Institute of Governmental Studies
Dreamers and the Future of DACA
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Governmental Studies, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, Diversity and Democracy Research Cluster, Othering & Belonging Institute, Latinx Research Center, Center for Race and Gender, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Social Science Matrix, and Berkeley Law
Thursday, September 10 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

CSLS Cosponsored Event with Khiara M. Bridges

Khiara M. Bridges, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley 
Abortion Rights in 2020 and Beyond: Threats and Resistance
Cosponsored with Center for Right-Wing Studies and Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
Wednesday, September 30 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
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CSLS Cosponsored Event with Vasanthi Venkatesh

Vasanthi Venkatesh, Assistant Professor in Law, Land, and Local Economies, University of Windsor Faculty of Law
“Social Movements and Legal Mobilisation in Times of Crisis: Migrant Farm Worker Rights in Canada”
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected migrant farm workers. Former Hildebrand Fellow Vasanthi Venkatesh, a professor of law at the University of Windsor specializing in social movements and immigration, gives context to the crisis by showing how the pandemic has overlaid itself onto existing systemic racial discrimination against migrant farm workers embedded in law and policy. She also shows how migrant farm worker advocates have responded to the crisis by exposing the racial capitalism of the Canadian agricultural economy, using radical narratives to challenge these systems.
Cosponsored with Canadian Studies Program (CAN))
Tuesday, October 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Online
RSVP by emailing canada@berkeley.edu by October 5
Click here for more information.

CSLS Cosponsored Event with Samuel J. Levine, Director of the Jewish Law Institute and Professor of Law, Touro College

“Was the Biblical Joseph on the Spectrum?”
The biblical Joseph's behaviors, interpersonal relationships, and personal development are often difficult to understand, and at times seem to defy explanation. Samuel J. Levine, a Touro Law Center professor, will offer a coherent and cohesive reading of Joseph's story that presents a portrait of Joseph as an individual on the autism spectrum. Viewed through this lens, Joseph emerges as a more familiar and less enigmatic individual, exhibiting both strengths and weaknesses commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder.
Cosponsored with Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
Wednesday, October 21 | 11am – 12:30pm 

CSLS Cosponsored Event with Carla Shedd

Carla Shedd, Associate Professor, Urban Education & Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Empirics of Justice: Tracking the Carceral Continuum in Urban America
Co-sponsored by Graduate School of Education, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley
Friday, November 13 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm