Thursday, November 14, 2019

UC Davis Law Review Symposium: The 25th Anniversary of Proposition 187: Challenges and Opportunities for Immigrant Integration and Political Identity in California

The UC Davis Law Review today continues a symposium on the 25th anniversary of California's immigration milestone, Proposition 187.  Here is the schedule.  There is room for anyone interested in attending.

California Proposition 187, passed in 1994, was the first modern anti-immigrant state legislation. While the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California invalidated the measure, the law’s effects on immigration policies and the Latinx community in California remain.

The UC Davis School of Law and UC Davis Law Review are hosting a panel and an academic symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passage of Prop. 187 on November 13-14, 2019. The panel will feature litigators who challenged Prop. 187 in the courts.

The academic symposium will discuss the influence Prop. 187 had on immigration at the state and federal levels, the political environment in California, and Latinx and immigrant communities in four panel discussions. 

A panel of distinguished activists yesterday opened the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of Prop. 187. Litigators who challenged Prop. 187 in court and in the streets discussed their resistance strategies and lessons learned from their experiences for today’s anti-immigrant challenges. The speakers included Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Vibiana Andrade, General Counsel, Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Angie Wei, Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Policy Development, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office.  The moderator of the discussion was Maria Blanco, Executive Director, UC Immigrant Legal Services Center.

The schedule for today:

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions

9:15 – 10:30 KEYNOTE: Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

10:30 – 12:15  Panel 1:  The Effects of Prop. 187 on State and Federal Immigration Initiatives
Rick Su, Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
Rose Cuison-Villazor, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
Huyen Pham, Professor of Law, Texas A&M
Moderator: Shayak Sarkar, Acting Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

1:00 – 3:00  Panel 2:  Prop. 187, Political Participation and Identity
Kevin Johnson, Dean and Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
Rachel Moran, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Vice-Provost, Graduate Studies, UC Berkeley
Marisa Abrajano, Professor, Political Science, UC San Diego
Oded Gurantz, Assistant Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri
Moderator: Robyn Rodriguez, Professor, Asian American Studies, UC Davis

3:00 – 4:30  Panel 3:  Social Integration and Welfare of Latinx and Immigrant Communities in the Wake of Prop. 187 and Today
Robert Irwin, Professor of Spanish, UC Davis School of Law
Giovanni Peri, Professor, Department of Economics, UC Davis
Beth Caldwell, Professor of Legal Analysis, Southwestern School of Law
Moderator: Leticia Saucedo, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law


In 2020, the UC Davis Law Review will be publiching papers presented at the conference.


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