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MLK Jr Teach-In & Training: Progressing Toward Justice in Turbulent Times

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This event is free.

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This event is an opportunity for UC Irvine School of Law faculty, staff, students, alumni, local attorneys, community organizers, and interested members of the public to come together to discuss the opportunities to advocate for justice in a variety of areas of law. The event serves as an annual gathering for those concerned about the effects of those current government decisions at local, state, and national levels that affect civil rights, human rights, and the rule of law.

The teach-in focuses not only on the state of the law, but also on opportunities for transformative social justice work. Speakers and attendees are encouraged to share ideas. Training will be provided for attorneys and community members interested in serving as Legal Observers at demonstrations and other events held around Southern California where protesters and/or event organizers are concerned about First Amendment rights.

The plenary session will be recorded and made available to the UCI Law community within 72 hours of the event. Breakout sessions, however, will only be recorded upon request and with the permission of the panelists.

MCLE credit will be available for members of the California Bar. Additional speakers are yet to be announced.
Schedule of Events
I: Opening Plenary - 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Welcome remarks, Dean Song Richardson, UCI Law
Prof. Rick Hasen, UCI Law, Presentation, ‘Civil Right No. 1:’ Dr. King’s Unfinished Voting Rights Resolution

II. Justice Plenary - Mendez v. Westminster and the 70-year Fight for Educational Justice in Orange County – 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Sergio Contreras, United Way OC
Prof. Jonathan Glater, UCI Law
Jeff Hittenberger, Orange County Department of Education
Kirk Nakamura, Judge, Orange County Superior Court
Sandra Robbie, Mendez Museum without Walls

III. Breakout Session 1 (please select one option) – 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

A. Tackling Homelessness in Orange County
Brooke Weitzman '14, Elder Law and Disability Rights Center
Lili Graham, Community Legal Aid So Cal

B. Immigration: Current Issues in Immigration Detention
Prof. Annie Lai, UCI Law (moderator)
Caitlin Bellis, UCI Law

IV. Breakout Session 2 (please select one option) – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A. Beyond the Binary: California’s New Gender Recognition Act
Caspian Nash '19, UCI Law
Douglas Haynes, Vice Provost, UCI

B. Legal Observer Training
Brooke Weitzman '14, National Lawyers Guild – Orange County