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Conference tackles social justice issues

28 March 2005

ATTENTION: News desks, legal affairs writers

Contact: Noel Gallagher, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 noelgallagher@berkeley.edu

"Social Justice Movements in the U.S.: Appraising the Past, Unlocking the Future," a two-day conference co-sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Social Change and the campus law school's Center for Social Justice.

Leading scholars, attorneys and activists will participate in panel discussions addressing issues of gender justice, environmental justice, economic justice, and strategies for the future.

Professor Gerald Lopez, director of New York University School of Law's Center for Community Problem Solving, will provide a keynote address on "Making Movements Rebellious."

Thursday, March 31, 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), various rooms.

Panelists will include activist and feminist scholar Jo Freeman; Antonia Hernandez, former president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); Tammy Johnson, director of the Race & Public Policy program at the Applied Research Center; and Marylei Blackwell, assistant professor with the UCLA Cesar Chavez Center for Chicana/Chicano Studies.

On Thursday at 4 p.m., Gerald Lopez will deliver his address, and Northwest University sociology professor Aldon Morris will provide a response.

A complete list of panelists, discussion topics and conference details is available online at: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/socialjustice.