Civic Learning California Summit
Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Feb 28, 2013
This morning I am in Sacramento attending a summit hosted by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye '84. The event, titled "Civic Learning California Summit: Making Democracy Work" featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.). California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg '84 was just on stage to introduce Justice O'Connor.
Senator Steinberg at the podium
Justice O'Connor and Senator Steinberg
Since retiring, Justice O'Connor has spent much of her time discussing the civic education crisis in our country. Today she spoke about the importance of civic engagement. She also told some stories about her career. She said she was an Economics major at Stanford because the Economics Department did not have classes on Friday, and she liked having three day weekends!
King Hall has had many shout-outs at this event. The Chief Justice and Senator Steinberg were both introduced as UC Davis School of Law alums. The senator gave a good "rah" for the law school and his classmate, the Chief Justice. Judge Stacey Boulware-Eurie '95 was on the first panel and talked about civic engagement from a juvenile judge's perspective. We had many alums here -- including Justice Kathleen Butz '81 and Justice Louis Mauro '87 of the California Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District. King Hall was the only law school that had law students invited. I was able to introduce law student Matthew Struhar, who worked in our Cal S Ct clinic last semester, to the Chief Justice. The students who attended seemed to like the program. I sat with Matt and LSA President Nima Rahimi.
The summit will be followed by a reception organized by the Sacramento County Bar Association. UC Davis School of Law is a proud reception co-sponsor!
Update 3/1: The California Bar Journal ran a great story about the summit at http://www.calbarjournal.com/March2013/TopHeadlines/TH5.aspx.