UC Hastings Social Justice Speaker Series


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The UC Hastings Social Justice Speakers Series features UC Hastings professors giving lectures at UC Santa Cruz on important topics concerning social justice.

Provost and Academic Dean Elizabeth Hillman will speak about her efforts to reform the way sexual assault is handled in the military and her work on various congressional committees on this issue.

Professor Hadar Aviram will speak on the American prison system and the transformation of punishment. Her talk will be based on her forthcoming book (to be published by UC Press), Cheap on Crime, which examines the impact of the financial crisis on the American penal landscape.

Professor Joel Paul will speak about legal reform of child labor in a talk entitled, “Trading Up: How to Make Globalization Work for People.” The growth in global trade strains the global environment, exploits workers, and challenges traditional cultures. His talk will focus on how society can find a way to harness the market forces of globalization to promote sustainability, improve the lives of workers, and support democratic pluralism.

Professor Osagie Obasogie will speak on how the blind see race, the subject of his new book, Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind. The book provides the first look into a previously unknown world of blind people’s understanding of race. Obasogie discusses what law and society can learn from these experiences as a means to further racial justice.

Lawyer and Professor Morris Ratner presented a talk entitled “A Monument Man in the Courtroom: Litigating the Holocaust.” This lecture explored what justice means for victims of major atrocities. A video of his lecture can be viewed online.

UC Hastings College of the Law and UC Santa Cruz entered into an agreement to offer a new joint 3+3 BA/JD program in February 2014. The program, the first of its kind in the University of California system, will enable UC Santa Cruz students to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years instead of the usual seven.

The UC Hastings/UCSC “3+3 Program” will be open to UCSC students from any UCSC major. There are no special undergraduate curricular requirements, and the proposal does not require any new majors, minors, or new UCSC courses. Students will apply to UC Hastings in the typical manner, although a year earlier than normal, including taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). A letter from UCSC’s Legal Studies program coordinator will also be required. The first class of students to enroll at UC Hastings under the new program will matriculate in the fall of 2015.

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November 6, 2014: Elizabeth Hillman: “Sworn to Protect: Sexual Assault in the Military”

April 7, 2014: Morris Ratner “A Monument Man in the Courtroom: Litigating the Holocaust”