Undergraduate Legal Studies Research Conference

9th Annual Legal Studies Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, April 28, 2017
10:15am – 5:15pm
Legal Studies Building, 2240 Piedmont Avenue, Selznick Seminar Room


About the Conference:

Are you curious about . . .
How humanitarian aid organizations negotiate the logistical and ethical challenges of delivering aid in Syria?
How Uber and Lyft drivers negotiate the ambiguity of their employment status?
How school tax credits are really being used?

Come hear the answers to these and other fascinating questions in legal studies during the 9th Annual Legal Studies Honors Undergraduate Research Conference, Friday April 28 from 10:15 AM to 5:15 PM in the Selznick Seminar Room at 2240 Piedmont.   These honors students have been conducting original research under the guidance of Berkeley Law faculty all year.  Please feel free to stop by anytime during the day. Next year, these students will be heading to graduate and law programs, including Berkeley Law, Stanford Law, University of Chicago Law, NYU, and other excellent schools.

Schedule:

9:30 am    Welcome Breakfast, Kadish Library

10-10:15 am    Introductory Remarks, Kadish Library
Professor Lauren Edelman, Honors Program Director Professor Jonathan Marshall, Director of Legal Studies Professor Calvin Morrill, Associate Dean of Legal Studies

10:15-11:45 am  Public Discourse and the Law in Action, Selznick Seminar Room
Moderator: Kavitha Iyengar, JSP Ph.D. Student
*    Sarah Bernardo, “Capital Punishment in Extremis: The Effect of Method of Execution on the Legitimacy of the U.S. Death Penalty”
*    Kimberlie Le, “Direct Democracy in California: Understanding Voter Behavior”
*    Brooke D’Amore Bradley, “The Illusion of School Choice: The Realities of Arizona’s Tax Credit Programs”

12-12:45 pm    Catered Lunch, Kadish Library

1-2:30 pm        Articulations of the Law: Rights Claims, Legal Consciousness, and Social Movements, Selznick Seminar Room
Moderator: Diana Reddy, JSP Ph.D. Student
*    Alexandria Ku, “Stereotyping and the Limits of Title VII”
*    Rachel Schuster, “Individual Mobilization of Disability Rights”
*    Jagdeep Sekhon, “The American Sikh Community and Rights Mobilization”
*    Shao-Jia Chang, “Rights within the Sharing Economy: A Study of Legal Consciousness and the Quasi-Contract Model”

2:30-2:45 pm  Coffee Break, Kadish Library

2:45-4:15 pm    New Sites For Law’s Development, Selznick Seminar Room
Moderator: TBD
*    Andrew Gove, “Regulating the Future: Liability and the Emergence of Artificial Intelligence Technology in Autonomous Vehicles”
*    Jonathan Rasmusson, “Socio-Legal Movement: Challenging the Legal Paradigms of Contemporary Environmental Protections”
*    Shraddha Gupta, “Turkey: At the Crossroads of the European Union and Political Conservatism”
*    Colin van Loon, “Humanitarian Aid on Trial: The Case of Syria”

4:15-5:15 pm    Celebratory Reception, Kadish Library

Photos from the conference 2015:
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Group photos of presenters at the 7th Annual Legal Studies Undergraduate Research Conference on April 24, 2015, along with former Faculty Director Michael Musheno and Honors Teaching Fellow Andrew Brighten. The conference’s welcome luncheon filled the Goldberg Room to capacity as faculty, students, friends and family gathered in celebration of Legal Studies Honors students and undergraduate scholars from numerous other departments. This year’s conference featured 24 presenters across six panels throughout the afternoon. The event was generously sponsored by Berkeley Law and the Legal Studies department.

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