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King Hall Students Participate in Inside Out Project

Posted Aug 22, 2013

In July 2013, King Hall students participated in the Inside Out/11M project in Sacramento. The purpose of Inside Out/11M is to celebrate the history of immigration in the United States and to encourage our community to support a path to citizenship for our neighbors, friends, colleagues and loved ones. Inside Out/11M is a new national effort created by award winning artist JR and the Inside Out Project to create a portrait of the United States that includes immigrants and descendants of immigrants.

The project celebrates the 11 million undocumented children, youth, men and women as family and community members. Seeing the images across the city will hopefully spur awareness and force people to examine or reaffirm their position on immigration reform. When looking at these photos it is impossible to distinguish between citizen and non-citizen, documented and undocumented. The projects seeks to remind policymakers involved in discussions about immigration that immigrants are human beings who are interwoven into every sector and every aspect of our country. So often, our visual landscape is dominated by a single story of what our country is, and so often, people of color are not a part of this narrative. Inside Out/11M aims to fill public spaces with beautiful faces full of dignity and power.

King Hall student and co-chair of the La Raza Law Students Association, Laura Flores participated in the project by having her image included as a part of the art installations. The way it worked: a series of highly visible art installations composed of large scale black and white portraits of men, women and children from all races and backgrounds are mounted. This is a show of solidarity. Anyone could come to one of the mobile studios to have their photo taken. Portraits were printed instantly so they could immediately be a part of this art installation.

Flores is a Texan who is the daughter of an immigrant and has a brother and sister still living in Guatemala. She has seen how current immigration regulations can be divisive and perpetuate intense fear. She admires this project because it is a lingering peaceful demonstration. The portraits will be hung for days and will spark interest among community members to hopefully ask, research and understand the significance of immigration reform in our country. More information can be found at the project’s website

Professor Villazor Contributes Immigration Op-ed to New York Times Online

Posted May 18, 2013

Professor Villazor authored an op-ed that explored why some immigrants are considered simply "American" while others continue to be thought of as outsiders.

"Given this history of systemic denial of formal and equal citizenship, it should therefore not come as a surprise that some immigrant groups, particularly those of color, are presumed to be not truly Americans. The explanation for why some immigrant groups are considered Americans while some continue to be deemed outsiders must include the links between whiteness, citizenship and what it means to be an American," writes Professor Villazor.

Read the full article "Race Can Preclude Acceptance"

Aoki Center's First Spring Speaker Series '12-13

Posted Apr 22, 2013

This spring the Aoki Center hosted its first “Spring Speaker Series,” co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, UC Davis chapter. The lunchtime talks centered around the theme: critical perspectives on first year classes. Professors and Deans from King Hall took a critical approach to each first year course that reflected their own research or interest. A detailed list and description of the talks can be found here.

Many Professors integrate critical perspectives of their subject into the normal curriculum. However, often times topics and discussions surrounding race, poverty, discrimination and gender bias are missing from the first-year class experience. This is unfortunate because many students come to law school, especially King Hall, because they are passionate about social justice, civil rights and racial equality. With the amount of material that must be covered in the first-year curriculum, there is little time to advance or entertain critical perspectives on the law.

Therefore, the spring speaker series has two main goals: 1) to expose first-year students to critical perspectives in the law, which may be missing from their first-year classes and 2) to connect students more closely with the accomplished King Hall faculty and allow students to learn about faculty research and scholarship on a deeper level.

During the Spring 2013 semester, we had six lunchtime talks. Professor Villazor talked about critical race issues in Property Law, Dean Amar talked about Constitutional Law, Dean Johnson talked about Civil Procedure, Professor Chin talked about Criminal Law, Professor Pruitt talked about Tort Law Professor Joo talked about Contracts Law.

The Aoki committee hopes to continue the Spring Speaker Series in the next school year, 2013-2014.