Over 200 Bay Area law students and activists gathered for the 38th Annual Progressive Lawyering Day, sponsored by the NLG and presented by law student members, this Saturday on the UC Berkeley Campus.
Law students came from UC Hastings College of Law, New College of California School of Law, Golden Gate University, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, Pacific McGeorge University, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley.
Panels included: Immigration Reform, Torture/Human Rights Litigation, No Child Left Behind and Disabled Children's Access to Public Education, Youth Criminalization, Wiretapping, Local Redevelopment Issues, Criminal Law – Reentry Issues for Employment and Housing, and Critical Race Theory. Prominent activist Angela Davis delivered the keynote address. Angela Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer.
The symposium was followed by a reception, including a performance by the Brass Liberation Orchestra.
Chris Springer Co-President of the Boalt Hall Chapter of the NLG said: "Progressive Lawyering Day is an opportunity for community organizers, legal practitioners, and academics to come together to discuss issues that are of importance to society as a whole. This year, we are very excited to have Angela Davis as our keynote speaker, as well as panelists who are amongst the foremost advocates in their respective fields."