U.S. Department of Justice Official Thomas Perez Discusses Civil Rights Enforcement in the Obama Era at UCLA School of Law

February 22, 2011


WHAT: Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, will address civil rights in the Obama administration during the discussion “Civil Rights Enforcement in the Obama Era – A View to the Past and the Future.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the law school’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and is supported by the Ann C. Rosenfield Symposium Fund.

WHO:  Mr. Perez, a nationally recognized civil rights lawyer who has spent his entire career in public service, has served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice since October 2009. Earlier in his career, he spent twelve years in federal public service, most of them as a career attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Mr. Perez later served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno. He also served as special counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy and served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Discussants will include: Professor Cheryl Harris, Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law; Professor Gary Orfield, The Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA; and Professor R. Bradley Sears, The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, UCLA School of Law.

Professor Scott Cummings, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law, will moderate the event.

WHEN:     Monday, February 28, 2011
               6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:   UCLA School of Law, Room 1347
               405 Hilgard Avenue
               Los Angeles, California 90095

CONTACT:  Lauri Gavel, 310-206-2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu