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The Critical Race Studies Program at the UCLA School of Law is pleased to announce:

Critical Race Studies Program

Friday and Saturday September 24th and 25th, 2021, a Critical Race Studies (CRS) symposium honoring the work and legacy of CRS emeritus faculty member Jerry López and belatedly celebrating the 20th anniversary of CRS.

Gerald P. López published Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano's Vision of Progressive Law Practice in 1992. For three decades, the book has reverberated across the United States and other countries too—challenging the color-blind, experts-rule approach of conventional "public interest law" and providing an alternative radical vision for how to practice problem solving.

That radical vision has triggered fundamental changes in progressive work of all sorts, in clinical and, more broadly, legal and university-wide education, and in how bloggers, journalists, professionals, and scholars debate how lawyers might most likely become co-eminent allies with clients, communities, and movements militant in their efforts to transform the world.

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Race, racism, and anti-racism – challenging subordination and authoritarianism in all forms – are at the center of López's vision

Race, racism, and anti-racism – challenging subordination and authoritarianism in all forms – are at the center of López's vision, and UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies program (CRS) is honored to devote its 20th Anniversary Symposium to looking at rebellious lawyering past, present and future.

Whether you are a regular attendee of CRS symposiums or have never been, you can gain a deeper understanding of the legal underpinnings that hold our systems of inequality in place by attending the symposiums offered at UCLA's Law School. It's Critical Race Studies Program CRS Symposium is the signature event of the UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program. The purpose of these symposiums is to foreground the most innovative ideas and strategies to end racial injustice, to promote learning and collaboration across disciplines, and to integrate racial justice theory and practice.

Every symposium I have attended has expanded and enriched my understanding of the deeply entrenched ways in which this country has baked-in racism and white supremacy even policies that seem racially neutral. The symposiums are meant for lawyers and non-lawyers. The professors that have dedicated their careers to this field are eminently respected in the legal profession.


ed by renowned scholars who have influenced law and policy for decades, UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies Program is the premier setting for studying the intersection of race and the law.