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A Highly Successful ClassCrits Conference

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Nov 17, 2014

UC Davis School of Law was buzzing with activity November 14-15.  More than 75 law professors from across the country came to enjoy the lovely California fall weekend as they attended the Seventh Annual ClassCrits conference at King Hall. The conference theme was "ClassCrits VII Poverty, Precarity, & Work: Struggle & Solidarity in an Era of Permanent (?) Crisis," with the meeting focusing on work, poverty, and resistance in an age of increasing economic insecurity.  

It was a great event, with the Mayor of Richmond Gayle McLaughlin giving the keynote on Friday night.  I spent Saturday at the conference and participated in the ending panel on topics "ripped from the headlines" with Georgetown Law Professor (and former King Hall faculty member) Emma Jordan and George Washington Professor Eleanor Brown and moderated by Professor Brian Soucek.  I talked about the Obama administration's tough response to the "surge" of Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty.  

It was wonderful seeing many friends of King Hall, including alumna Professors Francine Lipman ’83 (UNLV) and Christine Bartholomew ’00 (SUNY Buffalo).  Professors Angela Harris and Lisa Pruitt led the efforts to organize the conference, and a great many other King Hall professors participated, including Leticia Saucedo, Vik Amar, Carlton Larson, Darien Shanske, and Lisa Ikemoto.