Friday, February 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Rooms 323 & 325
Speaker Biographies | History Brochure
The 16th Annual Women and the Law Conference, Pursuing Excellence: Diversity in Higher Education, brings together leading academics, educators, institutional leaders, and policy makers to examine how diversity in institutions of higher education affects and is inspired by students, faculty, and leaders. View biographies of the featured speakers here.
The conference will highlight a number of critically important topics including facilitating educational access for undocumented students, challenges to developing and nurturing a diverse educational environment, the importance of training students in professional programs (including medicine and law) to serve diverse populations, and attacks on affirmative action ranging from Prop 209 to the current U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas.
Bryant Garth, Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law, former Dean at Southwestern Law School and Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Director of the American Bar Foundation, will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture. He continues in a long line of illustrious speakers who have been honored as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer, a lecture series Justice Ginsburg generously established for Thomas Jefferson in 2003.
8:00 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:30 Welcome & Introductory Remarks
- Thomas Guernsey, Dean, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
- Susan Tiefenbrun, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
- Meera E. Deo, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
- Susan Bisom-Rapp, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
9:30 - 11:00 Facilitating Student Diversity
- Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Professor of Sociology, Cal State University San Marcos The Educational Journeys of Undocumented Latino Students: Promising Practices and Challenges
- Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management, UCLA The Way Forward: Increasing Access Post Proposition 209
- Rodney Fong, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law Priming the Pipeline to Law School
- Catherine Lucey, Professor and Vice Dean for Education, UCSF School of Medicine Diversity as a Strategic Imperative for Schools of Medicine
- Moderator: Maurice Dyson, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:45 Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Faculty
- Meera E. Deo, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law The Ugly Truth about Legal Academia
- Mary Ann Mason, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center on Health, Economic, and Family Security, UC Berkeley Pregnancy Discrimination in STEM and other Academic Disciplines
- Linda Trinh Vo, Professor of Asian American Studies, UC Irvine Reconfiguring the Academy: Women of Color Faculty and The Politics of Inclusion
- Shirley Weber, California Assemblywoman, Chair of the Assembly Select Committees on Higher Education and Campus Climate, former President of the San Diego Unified School District and Professor at SDSU Legislative Update on Faculty Diversity
- Moderator: Laura Padilla, Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
12:45 - 2:15 Lunch
2:15 - 3:15 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture
- Bryant Garth, Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law, former Dean at Southwestern Law School and Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Director of the American Bar Foundation Diversity, Power, and Hierarchy in Legal Careers: An Empirical and Sociological Perspective
3:15 - 4:45 Leadership Roundtable
- Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California Assembly
- Adrian Gonzales, Interim Superintendent/President and Vice President of Student Services, Palomar Community College
- Vallera Johnson, Administrative Law Judge
- Susan Westerberg Prager, Dean, Southwestern Law School, former Dean at UCLA School of Law and Executive Director/CEO of AALS
- Moderator: Julie Greenberg, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
4:45 - 5:00 Closing
5:00 - 6:00 Reception
Please note: Registration fees include the Reception and are non-refundable
- FREE All students with photo ID, TJSL faculty, TJSL staff
- $30 TJSL Alumni (with or without MLCE credit)
- $30 Lawyers Club Members and Attorneys in Practice less than 5 years not seeking MCLE credit
- $40 General public (Not seeking MCLE credit)
- $45 All others (Seeking MLCE credit)
Requirements: Must submit camera-ready artwork. Color, JPG or PDF format, 300ppi image resolution recommended. File size must be under 10MB.
- $400 Full page ad - 8.5"w x 11"h
- $200 Half page ad - 8.5"w x 5.5"h
- $100 Quarter page ad - 4.25"w x 5.5"h
5.5 hours Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit
Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit (MCLE) by the State Bar of California.
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