October 13, 2018

10:30 am - 4:30 pm , Pacific Time

2018 ACS Southwest Regional Convening


Join the progressive legal community from across California and neighboring states for the ACS Southwest Regional Convening. The Convening will be co-hosted by the Los Angeles Lawyer Chapter and the UCLA School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

We will discuss pressing topics in constitutional law, including voting, the role of state governments as progressive counterweights, and women and the law. Come shape the debate, build networks, and make a difference.

The full schedule is below:

10:30 - 10:45 Welcome Remarks

10:45 - 12:00 Voter Rights in 2018

1.0 hour of California CLE credit has been approved for this panel.

  • Laura Brill, Founder, The Civics Center
  • Kat Calvin, Founder, Spread the Vote
  • Jessica Levinson, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
  • Moderated by Sonni Waknin, Director of Current Events, UCLA School of Law ACS Student Chapter

12:00 - 12:15 Lunch

12:15 - 1:30 The Role of California’s Elected Officials in Countering Trump Administration Policies

1.0 hour of California CLE credit has been approved for this panel.

  • Sarah Angel, Chief of Staff to Nick Melvoin, Los Angeles School Board
  • Heather Hutt, Deputy State Director, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris
  • Palak Sheth, Managing Director, Affirmative Litigation Task Force, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office; Co-Chair, ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors
  • Moderated by Nicholas Espiritu, Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law; Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center

1:30 - 1:45 Break

1:45 - 2:30 Keynote Address

  • Terry Goddard, Senior Counsel, Dentons; former Attorney General of Arizona; former Mayor of Phoenix; ACS State Attorneys General Project Advisory Board Member

2:30 - 2:45 Break

2:45 - 4:00 Women’s Rights and the Law

1.0 hour of California CLE credit has been approved for this panel.

  • Amanda Goad, Audrey Irmas Director, LGBTQ, Gender, & Reproductive Justice Project, ACLU of Southern California
  • Yxta Murray, Professor of Law and William M. Rains Fellow, Loyola Law School
  • Jocelyn Samuels, Executive Director, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
  • Moderated by Seana Shiffrin, Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice, UCLA School of Law

4:00 - 4:15 Closing Remarks

A happy hour reception will follow the convening.