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Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In ♥ ★

Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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This event will be held in-person, pending local health guidelines.

Reception to follow.


UCI Law is excited to bring together a community of justice-minded individuals for an in-person opportunity to learn and discuss current issues in public interest law. This year the MLK, Jr. Teach-In will be a reflection on all that vulnerable communities have dealt with during the past two pandemic years, as well as the efforts of community organizers and activists to address racism and inequality in the U.S. Panels will also look to the future of legal movements with discussions of civil rights, human rights and the rule of law.

The reception following the panels will bring together attendees in an outdoor setting to continue conversations about justice in our community and beyond.

MCLE credit will be available for members of the California Bar. Additional speakers are yet to be announced.

Parking passes must be purchased to park on campus. Public interest attorneys and others in need of a complimentary parking pass can email Jocelyn Campino jcampino@law.uci.edu to request a pass paid for by the UCI Law Pro Bono Program.

Maintaining the health and safety of our community is of the utmost priority. All individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. More information on campus policies and protocols can be found here.

Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Registration Open

Coffee and refreshments available


I. 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Plenary Panel: New Thinking on Existential Social Problems

Aziza Ahmed, Professor of Law, UCI Law

Dana Lee, Assistant Professor of Law and Mohannad and Rana Malas Scholar in Islamic Legal Studies, UCI Law

Jamelia Morgan, Assistant Professor of Law, UCI Law

Ji Seon Song, Assistant Professor of Law, UCI Law

Moderated by Mario Barnes, Professor of Law, UCI Law


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


A. What Would a Reparations Program Look Like?

Mehrsa Baradaran, Professor of Law, UCI Law

Jamelia Morgan, Assistant Professor of Law, UCI Law

Bob Solomon, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law, UCI Law

B. Workers’ Rights: How Attorneys Can Partner with Workers to Advance Economic Justice

Nora Cassidy ’17, Legal Aid at Work

Ginger Grimes ’15, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho

David Rodwin ’12, Public Justice Center

C. A Look at Current Issues in LGBTQIA+ Advocacy

Caspian Nash ’19, Beyond Binary Legal

Additional panelists to be announced


D. Empowering Immigrant Communities as Part of the Civil Rights Movement

Nicole Phillips, Haitian Bridge Alliance

Nicole Ramos, Al Otro Lado

Olivia Soofi, PARS Equality Center


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


A. COVID-19’s Impacts on Inmates and Detainees

Aaron Littman, Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCLA Law

Jonathan Markovitz ’14, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Kristin Turney, Professor of Sociology, UCI

B. Race and Artificial Intelligence

Jack Lerner, Clinical Professor of Law, UCI Law

Additional panelists may be added


C. Living and Dying on the Streets of OC—Discussing the Present & Future for People That Do Not Have Housing

Fr. Dennis Kriz, Pastor St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, Fullerton

Alexis Mondares ’20, Public Law Center

Callie Rutter, Stronger Women United

Brooke Weitzman ’14, Elder Law and Disability Rights Center


12:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Reception for attendees

This event includes sessions approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

For more event details or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please email events@law.uci.edu


UCI School of Law
401 E Peltason Dr., EDU 1111
Irvine, CA 92697 United States
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UCI School of Law
(949) 824-0066
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