The UCLA NLG Chapter is thrilled to present our inaugural LIBERATION LAWYERING conference on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at UCLA School of Law.


8:30-9:30 Check-in and registration (light breakfast will be served)

9:30-11:00 Plenary session and Ekow Yankah Keynote

Professor Yankah, an expert on criminal justice and election law, works on questions of criminal and political theory while also serving as Co-Chair of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council. His most recent contributions to our public discourse include op-eds in the New York Times on race relations and drug policy.

11:15-12:45 Workshops (1.5 CLE units available)

Lawyering in Organizing Campaigns. This workshop will explore the ways attorneys can best participate in policy campaigns and community-based coalitions.

Panelists Include:

  • Roberto Cabrales, ICLC/Communities for Better Environment (CBE)
  • Ihaab Syed, Campaign Workers Guild & UCLA Law Student
  • Aquilina Soriano, California Domestic Worker Coalition (CDWC)
  • Co-Director, Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action (LACCLA)
  • Moderated by Rosie Brown, UCLA School of Law

Immigration Front Lines.   The panel will address various responses to heightened immigration enforcement, including litigation, organizing, and policy advocacy. Co-Sponsored by UCLA Law Students for Immigrant Justice.

Panelists include:

  • Carlos Amador, California Immigrant Policy Center
  • Shui-Ming Cheer, National Immigration Law Center
  • Andrés Dae Keun Kwon, ACLU SoCal
  • Belén Sisa, Undocumented Activist & Student
  • Moderated by Sasha Novis, UCLA School of Law

Legal Observer TrainingThe training will include interactive lessons on how to record incidents, the parameters legal observers should follow, and learning to spot violations of protesters’ rights. Finally, we will discuss proper advocacy methods after an illegally disrupted protest.

Presented by Colleen Flynn, Attorney at Law, and Special Guest Dr. Jill Humphries, The Decarceration Collective

1:00-2:30 Networking Lunch

2:45-4:15 Workshops (1.5 CLE units available)

Prison Pipelines. The term “School-to-Prison Pipeline” describes how harsh school disciplinary policies and law enforcement policies intersect to feed young people into the criminal punishment system. The expanded concept of the “Migration-to-School-to-Prison-to-Deportation Pipeline” addresses how some immigrant communities become especially vulnerable to the prison pipeline, and face additional immigration consequences after completing their criminal sentence. What are ways we can bring justice to communities of color by erasing prison pipelines and end the policing of minority communities of color? This workshop will include a variety of perspectives on the criminal justice system, including attorneys, organizers, and impacted individuals, and discuss strategies to disrupt prison pipelines. Co-Sponsored by NLG Chapter of Southwestern School of Law.

Panelists include:

  • Ekow Yankah, Cardozo School of Law
  • Eddy Zheng, Co-Director, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
  • Olu Orange, Director of the USC Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program
  • Cesar “Che” Rodriguez, College of Health and Sciences, San Francisco State University
  • Phal Sok, Youth Justice Coalition
  • Moderated by Cristina Pineda, Southwestern School of Law

Gentrification. The housing crisis dominates local and state politics in California, but development, displacement, and community planning is happening on the ground level. In this panel, we will have attorneys discuss emerging tools to protect low-income communities.

Panelists include:

  • Doug Smith, Public Counsel
  • Claudia Medina, Eviction Defense Network
  • Nancy Meza, Defend Boyle Heights
  • Jen Ganata, Inner City Law Center
  • Moderated by Stephano Medina, UCLA School of Law

Combating Islamophobia. This panel will address pressing and contemporary issues facing Muslim communities. Panelists will discuss the different legal and organizing strategies being used to tackle these issues and explore ways we can be more effective in fighting back against Islamophobia, surveillance of Muslims, and hate crimes against Muslim & South Asian communities. Co-sponsored by UCLA’s Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law and Muslim Law Students Association.

Panelists include:

  • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU SoCal
  • Masih Fouladi, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Sheikh Suhail Mulla, Muslim Chaplain at UCLA
  • Celine Qussiny, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
  • Moderated by Professor Asli Bali, UCLA School of Law

Workers’ Rights. The Workers Rights Workshop will explore some of the most important issues affecting workers today, such as the looming AFSCME v. Janus decision and what it means for the future of labor unions, persistent issues of wage theft, and harassment in the workplace. Come hear our panelists identify effective tools to address these issues and more affecting workers today. Co-Sponsored by NLG Chapter of Pepperdine School of Law and UCLA Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA).

Panelists Include:

  • Matt Decarolis, Bet Tzedek
  • Jay Shin, Wage Justice Center
  • Jean Choi, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy  (LAANE)
  • Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
  • Moderated by Ysabel Jurado, UCLA School of Law

4:30-5:30 Closing session and Keynote by Belén Sisa

Ms. Sisa, an organizer with the Progressive Democrats of America, worked in Latino Outreach for the Bernie campaign. As members of the “#Dream7,” Sisa underwent a six-day hunger strike in jail last December to pressure Senator Chuck Schumer and Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act.

5:30-7:30 Reception

Lineup subject to change.