This event has been cancelled until further notice.
We are particularly eager to welcome Freddy Guzman to UCLAW. In 2011, he was 26 years into a 17-to-life sentence in California when a group of UCLA students came together to help him prepare for parole. What began as an extracurricular pursuit, dubbed “Team Freddy” by participants, evolved into an official practicum lasting an additional two years. The members of Team Freddy were guided in their work by Keith Wattley, the leading expert on parole in California, who generously agreed to represent Guzman pro bono. (Wattley has received many honors for his work, perhaps most notably his selection as one of the Obama Foundation’s inaugural Fellows.) Under Wattley’s supervision, Team Freddy met with Guzman multiple times to help him prepare for his parole hearing. [what else did TF do?] In 2013, Guzman came before the Parole Board, represented by UCLAW alum Jullian Calvin-Harris, with Wattley in second chair. Although Guzman was denied at that time, Wattley continued to work on his behalf and he was finally granted parole in the spring of 2019. Guzman credits Team Freddy for teaching him “about insight and compassion, and how to express” his “point of view with meaning”—lessons that put him in a position ultimately to make a convincing case to the Board.
Speakers include:Susan BustamonteFreddy GuzmanKen HartmanRudy Reyes Reception to follow
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