King Hall NLG Week - Day Three

January 27, 2010

Day 3: Wednesday, January 27th - Tackling Homelessness: Legal Solutions and Direct Action: Attorneys, judges and activists on the front lines of the struggle against the causes of homelessness will discuss the challenges facing the homeless and the steps being taken in the legal community to confront and overcome them. Featuring Judge Gordon Baranco, Alameda County Superior Court and Homeless/Caring Court; Teague Briscoe, Staff Attorney, Alameda County Homeless Action Center; Mark Merin, Sacramento Civil Rights Attorney; Paula Lomazzi, Director, Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee.
Location: Moot Courtroom (1008)
Lunch: Vietnamese Sandwiches from Sunrise Restaurant

The King Hall NLG Board is delighted to invite you all to NLG Week, our annual series of noontime events designed to raise awareness of the aims of our organization - "to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests." This year's theme "Not for Profit," reflects this overarching goal - we seek to encourage all of our colleagues to work "not for profit - for justice," and to elucidate the ways in which economics can help or hinder progressive reform. Details on the speakers and panels are below, and also on the facebook event page.

Day 1: Monday, January 25th - A Conversation on Palestine: A forward-looking presentation by noted scholars and activists regarding the occupation of Palestine within a legal and historical framework. Featuring Richard Becker, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Western Regional Director, and As`ad AbuKhalil, Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley.
Location: Moot Courtroom (1008)
Lunch: Shah's Halal Cart

Day 2: Tuesday, January 26th - Careers Serving the People: Movement, Law and Social Change: Wondering how to navigate your career path in the public interest? In this panel workshop, lawyers from diverse public interest practice fields share their insight and experience in the field with an interactive Q&A session on how to grow and sustain an effective and rewarding career in the service of human rights and social justice. Feautring Chelsea HaleyNelson, Partner, HaleyNelson Law; Claudia Peña, Statewide Project Coordinator for CaCCR, Equal Justice Society; Pamela Coukos, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, Organizing for America; Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Lecturer, UC Berkeley Chicano/Latino Studies Program; Cynthia Chandler, Executive Director, Justice Now.
Location: Moot Courtroom (1008)
Lunch: Sophia's Thai Kitchen

Day 3: Wednesday, January 27th - Tackling Homelessness: Legal Solutions and Direct Action: Attorneys, judges and activists on the front lines of the struggle against the causes of homelessness will discuss the challenges facing the homeless and the steps being taken in the legal community to confront and overcome them. Featuring Judge Gordon Baranco, Alameda County Superior Court and Homeless/Caring Court; Teague Briscoe, Staff Attorney, Alameda County Homeless Action Center; Mark Merin, Sacramento Civil Rights Attorney; Paula Lomazzi, Director, Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee.
Location: Moot Courtroom (1008)
Lunch: Vietnamese Sandwiches from Sunrise Restaurant

Day 4: Thursday, January 28th - Room 2011 - Worth the Cost? Reform and The War on Drugs: Panelists will discuss the social and economic costs of the "war on drugs" and the urgent need for reform. Featuring Allen Hopper, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Drug Reform Project; Lee Berger, Lee Berger & Associates (Portland, OR); Tamar Todd, Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance Office of Legal Affairs.
Location: Room 2011
Lunch: Dos Coyotes

Day 5: Friday, January 29th - Moot Courtroom - Fundamentally Flawed: The Death Penalty in California: The California state death penalty system is procedurally complicated, failing to bring justice swiftly and burdening our state budget. Join us for a panel discussion which includes three prominent attorneys who work with condemned inmates, clinics, and defense organizations to discuss what can be done to help by raising awareness, making legislative changes, and moving to abolish the method altogether. Featuring Christine Thomas, Paralegal, Capital Habeas Unit of the Sacramento Federal Defenders; Steven Shatz, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law; and Shelley Sandusky, Staff Attorney, Habeas Corpus Resource Center.
Location: Moot Courtroom (1008)
Lunch: Zia's Delicatessen