Undergraduate Legal Studies Research Conference

The 14th 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 2020-21 academic year via a sequence of two research seminars and 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.

Friday, April 23, 2021, 10:00am Pacific Time 

Zoom info will be posted to the Legal Studies e-mail list at least one day before the event.

10:00-10:20 am
Introductory Remarks

Professor Lauren Edelman, Honors Program Director
Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the Law School
Professor Taeku Lee, Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy

10:20-11:40 am
Panel 1: Organizations & Regulation
Moderator: Yan Fang, JSP

Rotem Litinski
Deconstructing Rhetorical Constructions of Race: Corporate Management and the Organizational Logic of Appropriateness

Clara Bishop
In Too Deep: How Deepfakes Challenge Our News, Our Elections, and Our Constitution

Nicholas Ku
Big Tech’s Rhetoric Against Congressional Anticompetitive Accusations

Abraham Sanchez
Who Can Police the Police? (Can insurers be effective regulators of the police regarding police use-of-force misconduct)

11:50 am-12:50 pm
Panel 2: Ethics & Legal Consciousness in Health Law
Moderator: Bonnie Cherry, JSP

Ali Alderman
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Perspectives of California Medical Professionals

Maria Miller Hutton
Bodily Integrity and Informed Consent in Obstetrics and Gynecology: How do patients conceptualize treatment of their rights during routine care?

Fannie Osran
California Sexually Violent Predator Law in Action: Socio-Legal Factors Impacting the SVP Release Process

12:50 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break


1:30-3:10 pm
Panel 3: Law in Everyday Life
Moderator: Yael Plitmann, JSP

Evelyn Chuang Lawrence
Being Mixed: How People of Two or More Races Experience and Deal With Discrimination

Angela Jimenez Pinto
Sanctuary Consciousness: A Comparative Study on The Perspectives of Undocumented and Dacamented Latinx Living in California

Lesly Avendaño
A Case Study on Oaxaqueñx Identities: A Study on its Political and Legal Importance

Nina Perez-Morales
Transforming Society and Centering Community: Abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex from the Perspective of Movement Activists and Organizers

Paris Gockley
Understanding the Public’s Perception of Forensic Evidence

3:20-4:20 pm
Panel 4: Race, Gender and the Academy
Moderator: Brianne Felsher, JSP

Nayzak Wali-Ali
The Double Burden: The Histories and Narratives of Black Women Organizers at UC Berkeley

Juweria Mehtar
Beyond ‘An Asian Who Loves Math’: The Political Consciousness of College- Age South Asian Americans

Tiffany Okeani
The Intricacies of the Black Student Experience: A Discussion about the Influence of Ethnicity on Viewpoints of Affirmative Action and Belonging

4:20 pm
Closing Remarks

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