2016 Symposium: Reforming Los Angeles’s Criminal Justice System

In the wake of escalating racial and socio-political polarization, this Symposium seeks to unite diverse voices with complementary interests in criminal justice reform. By focusing on the complexities of the city’s and county’s criminal justice systems, our panelists will lead frank discussions on mass incarceration, police misconduct and civilian oversight.

2015 Symposium: A Tale of Two Cities

This year’s symposium will explore the causes and consequences of increasing economic disparities in the Los Angeles community. The morning panel will discuss community development, gentrification, and the future of affordable housing in Los Angeles. The afternoon panel will discuss the changing face of employment, and how employment trends, law, and policy impact increasing wealth disparity in Los Angeles.

2014 Symposium: Gender, Power, and the Law

Topics focused on power dynamics in abuse, and the role of law. The morning panel discussed sexual assault in the military, and what reforms, if any, were needed. The afternoon panel discussed domestic abuse in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community and the need for cultural competency among law enforcement and criminal justice agencies when it comes to prosecution of domestic violence in the LGBT Community. Symposium held April 4, 2014, at Loyola Law School.


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2012 Symposium: Human Trafficking

This year’s symposium will have three panels. One will focus on the interplay between the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and other federal law, as well as the implications of the TVPA’s reauthorization. A second panel will focus on the drafting and implementation of California’s unique anti-trafficking legislation. Finally, a third panel will explore issues in international law in the context of anti-trafficking efforts. Symposium held on March 30, 2012, at Loyola Law School.


2010 Symposium: The Hidden Faces of Unemployment

Speakers and panelist highlighted members of the Los Angeles community hit particularly hard by the economic crisis and high unemployment. Topics included migrant workers, transgendered employees, convicted felons and public interest lawyers. Symposium held on September 17, 2010 at the USC Gould School of Law.


2009 Symposium on Recovery and Reform: The State Budget, the Federal Stimulus, and How Los Angeles Public Interest Lawyers Can Lead the Movement for Change

Panelists discussed the effects of the California budget crisis and national economic downturn on the practice of public interest law in Los Angeles, as well as opportunities for change. Symposium held October 23, 2009 at the UCLA School of Law.


2008 Symposium on Immigrant’s Rights: From Global to Local

A discussion of the immigrants’ rights movement in Los Angeles
held at Loyola Law School on September 12, 2008.