Fifth Annual Undergraduate Legal Studies Research Conference
Friday, April 26, 2013
Welcome Lunch (Warren Room)
Panel 1: Crossing Boundaries (Warren Room—Law School Building)
Panel Moderator: Andrew Brighten
Lianna Mecano: Mexicans, Statelessness and Minority Rights: An Arendtian Reading of
Mexican Deportation and Repatriation in 1931
Astrid Ackerman: ‘Are You Against Becoming an American?’: Exploring the Framing of
Legal Membership in the AgJOBS Act and the DREAM Act”
Kamyar Jarahzadeh: Identity at the Fringes of Citizenship: Experiences of
Afghan Refugees in Turkey
Roi Bachmutsky: Mabo in the Holy Land: Transferring the Australian Land Rights
Revolution to Israel and Palestine
Panel 2: Gender & the Law (Selznick Seminar Room—JSP/Legal Studies Building)
Panel Moderator: Cait Unkovic
Michelle Yaeger: Why is it so hard to get a divorce? Examining California’s No-Fault-
Divorce Laws Relationship with Low-Income Women
Humberto Ortiz: “We wanna love, we wanna fell loved”: Legal Violence on the Romantic
Lives of Young Undocumented Latina Women in the United States
Erin French: Human Sex Trafficking in the Bay Area: An Examination of U.S. Policy in
Theory and in Practice
Panel 3: Education & the Law (Warren Room—Law School Building)
Panel Moderator: Chase Burton
Andie Safon: “As a Teacher, As a Person”: The Dimensions of Classroom Legitimacy of
Two Classrooms in an Urban High School Setting
Anna Williams: Meaning Amidst Politics: Driving Towards the Value of Union
Membership for CTA Teachers
Helen Ganski: Inter-District Public School Mobility: An Investigation of One Metropolitan Region of California
Panel 4: Perceptions and Understandings of Law (Selznick Seminar Room—JSP/Legal Studies Building)
Panel Moderator: Alexandra Havrylyshyn
Tyler Maxwell: Why We Need to Mend Our Amending Process: the Inherent Flaws of
Article V of the U.S. Constitution
Shuangjun Wang: Let’s Do Something New for Lunch: Re-evaluating Hollywood
You You (Erica) Yang: Consumer Protection Policies and Practice of Automobile Industry in China: Explanations and Findings
Huiling Pan: The Different Ways of Integrating Human Rights into Health Work: A System of Categorizing Rights-Based Approaches to Health
Panel 5: Regulation (Warren Room—Law School Building)
Panel Moderator: Aaron Smyth
Sarah Phillips: The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act: History, Consequences, and the Realities of the 2005 Reform
Patrick Donnelly-Shores: Can’t See the Desert for the Mirrors: The Limited Range of
Alternatives in the BLM’s Solar Energy PEIS
Shuonan Chen: The Role of Asset Prices in the Federal Reserve’s Monetary and
Regulatory/Legal Policies: Positive and Normative Arguments
Reginald James: Tenants v. Alameda: How Low-Income Tenants Challenged Housing
Discrimination in Alameda
Panel 6: Criminal Law (Selznick Seminar Room—JSP/Legal Studies Building)
Panel Moderator: Ashley Rubin
Sharif Elmallah: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Movement and Restorative Justice:
An Examination of the Relationship Between the Alternative Dispute Resolution
Movement’s Original Goals and Contemporary Restorative Justice
Christine Chong: Inmate-to-Inmate: Socialization, Relationships, and Community
amongst Incarcerated Men
Yana Pavlova: Legal Transplants in Chinese Criminal Law: The Dilution of Due Process
Across National Boundaries
Closing Reception (CSLS Library—JSP/Legal Studies Building)
This event will showcase original research from students in legal studies as well as students from a number of other departments on campus, including rhetoric, peace and conflict studies, media studies sociology and political science. Examples of previous work presented include: “Media Narratives of Crime in the Favelas of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro,” “The Aliens Among Us: U.S. National Security and the ‘Forever Foreigner’,” “Protecting Women from Themselves: A Feminist Legal Analysis of the Woman-Protective Antiabortion Argument,” “Do Copyright Protections of Fashion Designs Stifle or Promote Industry Innovation?” and “Space the Cell, Spoil the Child: Early History and Philosophy of American Juvenile Justice.” This is a wonderful opportunity for you to see what your colleagues have accomplished and what work you might pursue as a legal studies major.
The Fifrth Annual Legal Studies Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates the scholarship and creativity of the Berkeley undergraduate student body through an afternoon that focuses on law- related research. The conference will take place at the Center for the Study of Law & Society (CSLS), Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program, and at Berkeley Law. Berkeley Law and the Legal Studies department are co-sponsoring the conference.
This conference is open to all students who have completed or are doing research on a topic related to law (e.g. criminal justice, courts, civil and human rights, poverty and the law, health and the law, conflict resolution, etc.). At previous conferences, participants included undergraduates from departments such as History, International and Area Studies, Rhetoric, Political Science, Chicano Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Classics, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, English, Legal Studies, and Media Studies.
Each participant is asked to have a 10-15 minute presentation on their work. Each panel of undergraduate presenters is moderated by knowledgeable graduate students who will help guide discussion from audience members. The conference is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to present their work, to meet and receive feedback from graduate students and faculty, and to build academic credentials. We will begin the day with a celebratory lunch provided courtesy of the Berkeley Law and the Legal Studies department, and continue with presentations throughout the afternoon. We will end with a reception to honor the participants at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. Professors, friends and family are welcome to attend.
Who Can Participate? Any student who is writing about law, broadly construed, and will author a paper of at least 10 pages in length by the end of Spring 2013. The papers can be theses in progress, class papers, independent study projects, or other academic work.
(Proposals must be in the form of an abstract of 300 – 500 words.
Applications will be reviewed and decided upon on a rolling basis until Friday, April 5th.
Students are strongly urged to apply as soon as possible as space is limited.
Please direct all applications and questions to the Legal Studies Teaching Fellow, Christina Stevens, at firstname.lastname@example.org .)