Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In & Training: Progressing Toward Justice in Turbulent Times

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:30am to 12:30pm

401 E. Peltason Drive, Suite 1000, Irvine, CA 92697-8000

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.

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 Revolution


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


Event Type



Students, Alumni, General Public, Faculty, Staff



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