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Law school holds conference on Prop 209

23 October 2006

ATTENTION: Higher education reporters, legal affairs reporters

Contact: Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
(510) 642-5685 jangilmore@berkeley.edu

"Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: Proposition 209 - Past and Future," a University of California, Berkeley, School of Law symposium in which experts will discuss the impact of Proposition 209 on higher education and analyze two key conference reports - a recommendation for significant changes to the UC system's current admissions policy and a legal analysis of how to increase diversity while staying within the confines of Prop. 209.

This Friday, Oct. 27. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Panel discussions will take place at UC Berkeley's Clark Kerr campus, Krutch Theatre, 2601 Warring St., Berkeley

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. - A Presidents Roundtable on Prop. 209 that will include the UC president, UC chancellors, other UC leaders, and journalists, will be at the School of Law (Boalt Hall), Booth Auditorium, Room 175

Participants in the roundtable will include Robert Dynes, president of the UC system; chancellors Robert Birgeneau of UC Berkeley, France Cordova of UC Riverside, Michael V. Drake of UC Irvine; John Oakley, chair of the UC Academic Senate and a UC Davis professor; Christopher Edley Jr., dean of Boalt Hall, and journalists.

Other symposium panelists will include academics from various UC campuses and from colleges and universities outside of California; UC admissions officials; attorneys and advocates; policy leaders and education researchers. For more information on the conference, see: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/ewi/convenings/index.html


  • Proposed admissions policy changes. A briefing paper developed by a group of researchers, academics and campus leaders that recommends significant changes to the UC system's current admissions policy will be presented at a 2:45 p.m. panel discussion and discussed at the 5:30 p.m. Presidents Roundtable.
  • Prop. 209 analysis. Christopher Edley has co-authored a legal analysis that provides guidance on what actions officials can take to increase diversity. This analysis will be presented at the 9:45 a.m. panel discussion "Legal Framework of Proposition 209."