2019 CRS Events

Strategies to Ignite Change: A Conversation with Civil Rights Expert Barbara Arnwine and Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw

20190313 Strategies to Ignite Change

March 13, 2019

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Our Spring 2019 Critical Race Studies Practitioner-in-Residence Barbara Arnwine is the President and Founder of Transformative Justice Coalition, internationally renowned for its contributions to civil rights, including the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, and close work with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (where Arnwine serves as Vice-chair).

Law students often wish for more access and opportunities to network with practitioners doing impactful work on the ground. The CRS Practitioner-in-Residence program fosters student connections with attorneys in the field who are doing cutting-edge work within the CRS mission.

Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights: Transnational Re-Imaginings

20190308 Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights

March 8, 2019

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This conference is jointly convened by UCLA's Critical Race Studies Program, Promise Institute for Human Rights, International and Comparative Law Program and Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, and aims to foster a transnational, interdisciplinary academic inquiry among human rights, TWAIL and CRT scholars on some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Contemporary global and national political crises, many of which threaten the human rights of millions and even the international human rights system itself, bring into sharp relief enduring legacies of racial injustice and racial inequality all over the world. Yet substantive racial justice and equality seem marginal within contemporary global human rights legal scholarship, discourse, institutions, and even among the advocacy organizations that wield the greatest international influence on issues of human rights concern. Novel, radical ways of re-imagining the role of law and legal institutions in achieving racial justice and equality are urgent, and this conference will convene an interdisciplinary group of scholars to consider the place of human rights in this larger context. It will explore critical perspectives on race and human rights from the joint perspectives of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL).

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color in The Current Climate

20190304 Invisible No More

March 4, 2019

Co-hosted with the Williams Institute.

Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades. She recently published Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color now available from Beacon Press.

Fighting Criminal (In)Justice, Building a Social Movement: Celebrating the Re-entry Clinic’s First Decade

20190206 Fighting Criminal Injustice

February 6, 2019

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Co-sponsored by El Centro Legal and BLSA.

Formerly incarcerated persons face a myriad of challenges when they return to their communities and roles as parents, partners, and workers. Over the course of the past 10 years, 400 UCLA law students have volunteered their Saturdays in Watts, conducting intake interviews and providing legal consultation to 2,800 individuals. Under the supervision of volunteer attorneys (initially) or attorneys for A New Way of Life (three of them former re-entry clinic student volunteers themselves), they have collectively filed 8,400 post-conviction relief petitions with an 85% success rate. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently recognized the program's impact.

Saúl Sarabia '96
Chair, Los Angeles County Probation Reform Implementation Team
Academic Coordinator, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Education
Critical Race Studies Program Director, 2005-11

Priscilla Ocen '07
Professor, Loyola Law School
Vice-chair, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Civilian Oversight Commission
CRS Teaching Fellow, 2010-12

CT Turney-Lewis '13
Supervising Staff Attorney, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project

Maryam Abidi '20
Co-Chair, El Centro Legal/CRS Re-entry Legal Clinic