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Critical Perspectives on First Year Classes

Are you interested in critical and social justice perspectives on your first year classes? Would you like to get to know more about the scholarship of King Hall professors? The Critical Perspectives on First-Year Classes speaker series is for you!

The “Critical Perspectives on First-Year Classes” speaker series, is offered for the first time in Spring, 2013.

The Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies is an initiative led by faculty and students at the University of California, Davis King Hall School of Law, to honor the life and work of Keith Aoki. Aoki was a beloved and prolific King Hall scholar well-versed in critical theory, and a committed teacher who delighted in sharing his intellectual passions with students. He died an untimely death in April, 2011.

The purpose of the “Critical Perspectives” talks, sponsored by the Aoki Center, is twofold. First, we seek to expose first-year students to critical perspectives that often do not make it onto the syllabus of regular first-year classes. Given the high level of interest among King Hall students in social justice, this exposure will connect many students to the concerns and perspectives that brought them to law school in the first place.

The second goal of the series is to connect King Hall students more closely with their faculty. King Hall has an extraordinarily accomplished faculty with expertise in areas of race, immigration, gender, and sexuality. Through these lunch talks, interested students can learn more about the cutting edge of legal scholarship in these fields and develop a better understanding of faculty research projects.

All first-year students are invited to attend. Lunch will be served. Here is the schedule for the semester:

  • January 29 - Property Law with Professor Villazor Room 2304
  • February 5 - Constitutional Law with Dean Amar Rm. 2302
  • February 14 - Civil Procedure with Dean Johnson Rm. 2304
  • March 6 - Torts with Professor Pruitt Rm. 2304
  • March 12 - Criminal Law with Professor Chin Rm. 2304
  • April 3 - Contracts Law with Professor Joo Rm. 2302