Latest News as of 4/1/19



1) Judge Panel 2019
2) Advising Holds
3) Living Catalogue
4) Trnsfr Cntr Intrnshp
5) Scotusblog Job
6) Intimate Violence in India
7) Law-Related Course




If you do plan to walk in the Legal Studies Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19th at 2pm in Zellerbach Auditorium,

If you do not plan to walk in the Legal Studies Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19th at 2pm in Zellerbach Auditorium,

Either way, please sign up so we have your answers.
It’s a quick google form, it’s easy and will help me out a lot.


A ticket purchase link will be sent in the near future.
(There have been a few frustrating delays this time around.)
Hang in there…
There is no limit to the number of tickets you can buy.
If you sign up, you get two free tickets.
Children under 5 years of age receive free tickets, ask Lauri for those when you pick up your tickets.

I will send out messages via this list once the purchase link is ready to go.

Woo Hoo!

So far 63 of you have signed up! Yay! Usually about 120 or more students walk, so sign up today! It’s easy!


1) Judge Panel

Judge Panel

Come hear from six judges on a moderated panel, ask questions, mingle and enjoy refreshments.
BLSA (Berkeley Legal Studies Association) Presents:


Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Room 100, Boalt Hall

Judge Trina Thompson
Judge Stephen Kaus
Judge Gregory Syren
Judge Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
Judge Robert Dondero
Judge Claudia Wilken

Please come!


2) Advising Holds

Advising Holds

1) Legal Studies Advising Hold:
This is a hold that is put on all declared Legal Studies majors’ registration, unless you already came in this semester or you’re on the current degree list.
This is so that students are reminded to come in for advising at least once a semester.
Once you come into my office during my drop-in hours, I will lift the hold.

Abroad?  Please e-mail me.
Completely done with the major already?  Please e-mail me.
Already e-mailed me? I’ll get back to you before enrollments begin.
Otherwise, come in.

2) 75 unit Undeclared Senior Hold:
Better get going on declaring!
This hold means you have close to 75 or more units and you are not yet declared.
Go to ‘About the Major’ then ‘Declaring the Major’ for instructions.
Bring in the completed and printed out Application and your essay.
Once you bring in those two things during my drop in hours, I can declare you and lift the hold.
Please do not leave your declaration paperwork in my mailbox.

3) Advising Tips:
– Poke your head in the door when you get here so that I know you’re waiting and if I’m with someone, please wait out on the couch, not in the little hallway or xerox room.
– If you’re bringing in paperwork, have it in hand and already completed so that things move more quickly and smoothly.
– Have your SID ready to go so that I can look you up easily and quickly.
– This is about to be a really busy time in my office, so let’s keep our meetings brief, because no one likes to wait in line.
Thanks 😉

I’ve already seen 89 students out of about 200. Yay!


3) Living Catalogue

Living Catalogue

Don’t know what to register for next semester?

Or want to meet the professor who will be your instructor?

Interested in taking a Legal Studies class? The Living Catalogue is for you!

Please come out to our Living Catalogue event which is on April 8th, 6-7 pm, in the Kadish Room at 2240 Piedmont.

We will be bringing in many of the professors who will be teaching Legal Studies classes next semester and they will talk about their classes and give a brief overview of them. Some will even bring their syllabi! You will also get the chance to ask them any questions you may have.

This is a great opportunity to get a taste of what different Legal Studies classes are like and mingle with the professor and your fellow peers. This event is open to ALL MAJORS, we encourage everyone to come out.


4) Trnsfr Cntr Intrnshp

Trnsfr Cntr Intrnshp

The Transfer Student Center is offering leadership opportunities for transfer students.
We have positions in OutreachEducation 198 CourseEvents/Programming, and Operations.

Students can earn up to 1-2 academic units for this exciting opportunity.


Application due on Friday, April 19th at 11:59pm

For more information contact Steven Nguyen:


5) Scotusblog Job

Scotusblog Job

Scotusblog is a DC publication that covers the Supreme Court; it is widely read by law professors and people like Professor Marshall who teachs Con Law. Scotusblog is looking for someone like an LS major/recent grad to do office manager stuff. Job ad here:


6) Intimate Violence in India

Intimate Violence India

Tanika Sarkar | Intimate Violence – Colonial Lawmaking and Cultural Nationalism in 19th Century India: The Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2018

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

Speaker: Tanika Sarkar, historian of modern India

Sponsor: Institute for South Asia Studies

We are privileged to have Dr. Tanika Sarkar, acclaimed historian of women’s histories and social movements in colonial and post-colonial India and former Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, in residence as the Indo-American Community Lecturer at the Institute for South Asia Studies in April 2019.

Tanika Sarkar is an acclaimed historian of women’s histories and social movements in colonial and post-colonial India. She retired as Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and is the author of numerous books including, Bengal 1928-34 : The Politics of Protest ( Oxford, 1987 ); Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation: Community, Religion and Cultural Nationalism (Permanent Black„ Indiana University Press and Hurst , 2001 ), and Rebels, Wives, Saints: Designing Selves and Nations in Colonial Times (Permanent Black and Seagull, 2009), and has published widely in numerous journals and edited book volumes. Her more recent research focuses on the rise of the Hindu right and particularly on the implications and impacts for women in the emergence of contemporary right-wing Hindu movements in India.

About the Lecture Series
The Indo-American Community Lectureship in India Studies is a part of UC Berkeley’s Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies, a chair endowed in 1990-91 with the support of the CG of India in San Francisco, the Hon. Satinder K. Lambah and hundreds of members of the Indo-American community. This lectureship enables ISAS, with the support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), to bring prominent individuals from India to Berkeley to deliver a lecture and interact with campus and community members during a two-week stay. Past Lectureship holders include Upendra Baxi, Andre Beteille, Madhav Gadgil, Ramachandra Guha, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Narendra Panjwani, Anuradha Kapur, Ashis Nandy, Amita Baviskar, Romila Thapar, Nivedita Menon, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Nandini Sundar.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Event Contact:, 510-642-3608


7) Law-Related Course

Law-Related Course

Ethnic Studies 180L: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties: Race in the Law  (Area I or Area V)
Session A, May 21 – June 29
Barrows 140, Tu/Th
Professor Michael Chang
What do we mean when we say: “the United States is a ‘melting pot’ or a land of ‘immigrants’? What are the implications of such statements? Do these popular statements still hold true today? If so, what is the current image, picture, and state of US immigration today? Why does immigration and immigrants continue to play such an important role in understanding the trajectory of the country in general? One answer gives the impression that the origins of the United States lies in a history of migration with people from all over the world making it what it is today. Yet such popular understandings are fraught with contesting narratives and histories that suggest otherwise. This course explores, through an Ethnic Studies perspective, contemporary themes in US immigration that will help us chart/map several historical trajectories that contest the dominant narratives of US immigration as a ‘melting pot’ or a “land of immigrants.” Instead, by looking at immigration through the lenses of race, class, gender, sexuality, policing, and the nation, several themes emerge: 1) the United States as a settler colonial project furthered by white Supremacy and racial capitalism 2)the construction of an internal/external ‘other’ underpinning racial/sexual/gendered/class hierarchies and social divisions 3) the construction of an “illegal” subject without rights 4) and the militarization and enforcement of borders, boundaries, and walls at the local, national, and international level. Such themes help us understand the social/political/cultural/juridical landscapes and regimes in which (im)migration is shaped and understood in everyday life and more importantly how they may open opportunities for immediate and long term political/social action.


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