Monday, February 24, 2014

Cause Lawyering Symposium at La Verne Law


To mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark civil rights decision, Brown v. Board of Education, the 2014 La Verne Law Review symposium will explore many of the dimensions of cause lawyering in a variety of contexts.  The symposium is titled “Brown v. Board of Education at 60: Cause Lawyering for a New Generation“ and will be held on February 28, 2014. 

The panels will explore many of the issues that cause lawyering has always raised, as well as many of the new questions that have arisen over time: What does it mean to be a “cause lawyer“? What are some of the most effective advocacy techniques that cause lawyers deploy outside of the context of litigation? How do cause lawyers affiliated with formal advocacy groups account for individual attorneys who – without regard for the organizations‘ strategic preferences – file claims on behalf of their clients who possess common legal interests?

The symposium proposes to examine these and other questions by investigating cause lawyering in four specific settings: voting rights, immigration, reproductive rights, and LGBT equality.

The first panel is "Cause Lawyering in the Immigration" and the panelists will discuss many of the issues that have arisen in the context of advocating on behalf of immigrants who are attempting to legalize their status in the United States, or who are attempting to avoid discrimination. Some of the issues under consideration will include the strategies and tactics that have been employed in the effort to achieve comprehensive immigration reform; the obstacles that prevent its achievement (e.g., Arizona’s S.B.1070 law); the identification of priorities when crafting legal campaigns on behalf of immigrants, as well as a discussion of the manner in which cause lawyers advance their claims through interaction with political activists; the role that cause lawyers can play in encouraging a proper understanding of the relationship between immigration reform and national security; and other issues, as well.

Moderator: Marisa Cianciarulo, Professor of Law – Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law


Sameer Ashar, Clinical Professor of Law – University of California, Irvine School of Law

Jorge Castillo, Staff Attorney – Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Robin Goldfaden, Senior Attorney – Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

Hiroshi Motomura, Professor of Law – University of California, Los Angeles School of Law


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