Undergraduate Legal Studies Research Conference

8th Annual Legal Studies Undergraduate Research Conference
Friday, April 22, 2016

8:45am – 5:30pm

Legal Studies Building, 2240 Piedmont Avenue / 295 Warren Room,
Berkeley Law


The Eighth Annual Legal Studies Undergraduate Research Conference showcases original empirical research from undergraduate scholars in the Legal Studies Honors Program. The Honors theses presented have been developed over the 2015-16 academic year with the support of dedicated faculty mentors. The conference is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the impressive work accomplished by these promising young scholars.

The conference will feature 18 undergraduate presenters. Graduate student moderators from the Jurisprudence & Social Policy program will comment on the presented research and guide discussion from audience members. All panels will take place in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue (Legal Studies Building).

A catered lunch will be provided for conference attendees, courtesy of our generous sponsors: Berkeley Law and the Legal Studies Department. Coffee and tea will be available during the morning. We will end the day with a celebratory reception to honor the participants.

Professors, students, friends, and family are welcome and encouraged to attend. No advance registration is required.

For any questions please contact Andrew Brighten at andrew.brighten@berkeley.edu

Conference Program

(All events in Selznick Seminar Room at 2240 Piedmont, unless indicated)


Welcome with coffee & tea. Programs and name badges distributed.


Opening Remarks

Prof. Lauren Edelman, Honors Program Coordinator
Prof. Jonathan Marshall, Director of Legal Studies
Prof. Calvin Morrill, Associate Dean of Legal Studies

9:10 – 10:45am

Panel 1: Youth, Discipline, and Crime

Kevin Chen
Identity Crisis: The Role Conception of School Resource Officers

Hannah Green
Retaining the Child’s Voice: How Court Appointed Special Advocates Understand Representation

Tariq Hussain
Teaching Workload and Prejudicial Decision-Making: Implications for the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alec Konstantin
Fearing the Troubled or the Trouble: A Qualitative Analysis of How Homelessness Factors into the Fear of Crime Among Non-homeless Persons

Cheyenne Overall
Constructing Gang Identity: Public Discourse, Gang Documentation, and the Law

Moderator: Johann Koehler, Jurisprudence & Social Policy

10:45 – 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:20pm

Panel 2: Law, Culture, and Legal Consciousness

Haylee Bernal
At the Crossroads of Conviction and Equality: Church Response to Obergefell v. Hodges

Amy Chan
The Headscarf Ban in Singapore: Differential Treatment and the Ideology of Equality

Sabrina Mehtabuddin
At the Heart of the Matter: Why Individual Chicanos and Native Americans Self-Identify as Indigenous

Mitchell Santos Toledo
Liminal Legality and Legal Consciousness: Undocumented Student Responses to DACA

Moderator: Joy Milligan, Jurisprudence & Social Policy

12:30 – 1:15pm

Luncheon for Conference Attendees
Warren Room — 295 Simon Hall (Law School Building)

1:30 – 2:50pm

Panel 3: Law in the Media

Hannah Gibbons
The Influence of Defendants’ Gender on the US Media Coverage of Murder Trials

Lauren Kim
A Content Analysis of News Media Coverage on Big Data Driven Government Surveillance: An Assessment of the Impact of the Edward Snowden Revelations

Pauline Tang
Chinese Reality TV and the Government’s Law Dissemination Campaign: Balancing Political and Commercial Pressure

Kione Wong
Dignity: An Exploration of Supreme Court Doctrine on Dignity and its Reflection in the Media

Moderator: Sean Becker, Jurisprudence & Social Policy

3:00 – 4:35pm

Panel 4: Regulation, Markets, and Institutions

Danielle Fellguth
From Students’ Perspectives: The Americans with Disabilities Act & The University of California at Berkeley

Emma Ireland
Are U.S. Corporations Being Dodd-Frank? Disclosure Law as an Instrument of Social Reform

Umeet Sajjan
Patenting Hematopoietic Stem Cell Technologies: Implications for Follow-On Innovation

Courtney Sarkin
Breast Cancer, Bodies, and Boundaries: Queering Solutions for Equitable Healthcare

Sarah Taranto
Constructing Conditions of Lack: USAID Privatization Policy and the Search for Efficiency

Moderator: Aniket Kesari, Jurisprudence & Social Policy

4:45 – 5:30pm

Celebratory Reception
Sanford Kadish Library, 2240 Piedmont Avenue
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 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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