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Women and the Law Conference 2016

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

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.

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

Conference MCLE Materials

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Publications Authored/Developed by Conference Speakers and Moderators

After the JD: First Results of a National Study of Legal Careers (2004) (Bryant Garth-Committee Member).

After the JD II: Second Results from a National Study of Legal Careers (2009) (Bryant Garth-Committee Member).

Association of American Medical Colleges – Advancing Holistic Review Initiative: Working With and Through Medical Schools to Build a Diverse Physician Workforce Capable of and Committed to Improving the Health of All (Catherine Lucey-Committee Member).

Association of American Medical Colleges – Roadmap to Diversity and Educational Excellence: Key Legal and Educational Policy Foundations for Medical Schools (Catherine Lucey-Committee Member).

Association of American Medical Colleges – Roadmap to Excellence: Key Concepts for Evaluating the Impact of Medical School Holistic Admissions (Catherine Lucey-Committee Member).

Association of American Medical Colleges – Roadmap to Diversity: Integrating Holistic Review Practices into Medical School Admission Processes(Catherine Lucey-Committee Member).

Susan Bisom-Rapp and Malcolm Sargeant, It’s Complicated: Age, Gender, and Lifetime Discrimination Against Working Women – The United States and the U.K. as Examples, 22 Elder L.J. 1 (2014) (reprinted in Women and the Law (Tracy Thomas, ed., Thomson Reuters, 2015)).

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating Their Worlds, (Lynne Rienner 2015) pp. 1-13.

Meera E. Deo, “The Ugly Truth about Legal Academia,” 80 Brook. L. Rev. 943 (2015).

Meera E. Deo, “Faculty Insights on Educational Diversity,”83 Fordham L. Rev. 3115 (2015).

Meera E. Deo, Maria Woodruff, and Rican Vue, “Paint by Number? How the Race & Gender of Law School Faculty Affect the First Year Curriculum,” 29 Chicano-Latino L. Rev. 1 (2010).

Meera E. Deo, “The Promise of Grutter: Diverse Interactions at the University of Michigan Law School,” 17 Mich. J. Race & L. 63 (2011).

Maurice Dyson, “Promise Zones, Poverty & the Future of Public Schools: Confronting the Challenges of Socioeconomic Integration & School Culture in High Poverty Schools,” 17 Mich. J. Race & L. 63 (2011).

Maurice Dyson, “Silencing Race & The First Amendment: The Suppression of Student Expression & Curricular Coverage of Racial Identity and Ethnic Solidarity in K-12 Education,” 81 UMKC L. Rev. 569 (2013).

Mary Ann Mason, Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower, (with Nicholas Wolfinger and Marc Goulden) (Rutgers University Press 2013).

Mary Ann Mason, Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers, (with daughter, Eve Mason Ekman) (Oxford University Press 2007).

Linda Trinh Vo, “Navigating the Academic Terrain: The Racial and Gender Politics of Elusive Belonging” in Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, (ed. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris, Utah State University Press, 2012) pp. 93-111.

Other Relevant Articles

College Board Access & Diversity Collaborative, Constituents’ Reactions and Contributions to the Plan for Action.

College Board Access & Diversity Collaborative, The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s Second Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas: The Decision and its Implications (July 31, 2014).

Fisher v. Texas, Amicus Brief of the College Board, AACRAO, NACAC, and LSAC.

Scott Jaschik, “Experts Consider What the Protest over Racial Tension Means.” Inside Higher Education, November 16, 2015.

Kevin R. Johnson, “The Importance of Student and Faculty Diversity in Law Schools; One Dean’s Perspective,” 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1549 (2011)

Angus Johnston, “Student Protests, Then and Now.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 18, 2015.

Sophia Kerby, “10 Reasons Why We Need Diversity on College Campuses.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 18, 2015.

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, “How to Retain a Diverse Faculty (essay).” Inside Higher Education, January 6, 2016.

Alexandra Svokos, “College Campuses are Full of Subtle Racism and Sexism, Study Says.” Huffington Post, January 12, 2015.

Undergraduate Access to University of California after the Elimination of Race-Conscious Policies.

Tom Wong and Carolina Valdivia, “In Their Own Words: A Nationwide Survey of Undocumented Millennials.” Working Paper 191. Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, 2014.

Peter Wood, “From Diversity to Sustainability: How Campus Ideology is Born.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 3, 2010.

Cruz Reynoso and Cory Amron,“Diversity in Legal Education: A Broader View, A Deeper Commitment,” 52 J. Legal Educ. 491 (2002).

Youlanda Young, “Why the U.S. Needs Black Lawyers Even More Than it Needs Black Police,”

Look for These Additional Publications Scheduled for Release Later this Year

Malcolm Sargeant and Susan Bisom-Rapp, Disadvantage and Discrimination Against Women at Work: The Gendered Workforce (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).

Susan Bisom-Rapp and Malcolm Sargeant, Acknowledging but Transcending Gender at Work: Applying the Model of Lifetime Disadvantage and Vulnerability Theory to Women’s Poverty in Retirement, in Vulnerability and Labor (Marth Alberson Fineman & Jonathan Fineman, eds., Ashgate/Routledge, forthcoming 2016).

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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