The Southern California Law and Social Science (SoClass) forum will present "Law at the Fault Lines" on Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Pomona College Frank Blue Room (260 E. Bonita Avenue, Claremont).

The theme of this year's conference, "Law at the Fault Lines," emphasizes the ways in which the law informs, transcends, and/or is shaped by "fault lines" between social and political groups, marginalized and privileged communities and national identities. From expanding marriage rights in the United States to democratic uprisings in the Arab world, laws and legal actors have the potential to either bridge or exacerbate cleavages; to divide, strengthen or reconstitute coalitions. The inaugural conference will consist of three thematically organized panels.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Law Robert A. Kagan (UC Berkeley) will deliver the keynote address, "American Adversarial Legalism: Fading, Spreading, Still Entrenched?" Kagan is the 2012 recipient of the American Political Science Association Law and Courts Section's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

The schedule, panels and speakers are as follows:

8:30 Welcome Reception

9:15 Welcome Address

  • "Law and Legal Scholarship at the Fault Lines"—Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College)

9:45-11:30 Panel I: Marginalization and the Law

  • Introduction— Diana Kapiszewski (UC Irvine)
  • "Perfecting Victimization in the Public Mind: Marginalization Through Idealization in Anti-Sex Trafficking Law"—Stewart Chang (Whittier Law School)
  • "Ethnic Selection of Immigrants to the Americas, 1790-2010"— David Fitzgerald (UC San Diego)
  • "Immigration Federalism: Its Political Underpinnings and Legal Implications"—Pratheepan Gulasekaram (Santa Clara Law) and Karthick Ramakrishnan (UC Riverside)
  • "Vote Dilution and Suppression in Indian Country"—Jean Schroedel (Claremont Graduate University) with Ryan Hart

12:00-1:00 Keynote Address

  • Introduction—Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College)
  • "American Adversarial Legalism: Fading, Spreading, Still Entrenched?"— Robert A. Kagan (UC Berkeley)

1:30-3:00  Panel II: Gender and the Law

  • Introduction— Rachel VanSickle-Ward (Pitzer College)
  • "Asylum for Women: Reading Gender into the Refugee Definition"—Rebecca Hamlin (USC and Grinnell College)
  • "Empirical Intersectionality: A Tale of Two Approaches"—Ange-Marie Hancock (USC)
  • "Space, Power, and Gender in the Foreclosure Crisis"— Priya Gupta (Southwestern Law School)

3:30-5:00 Panel III: Transition and Change in International and Comparative Law

  • Introduction— Manoj Mate (Whittier Law School)
  • "Environmental Enforcement Innovation in Industrializing Middle Income Countries" — Lesley McAllister (University of San Diego Law School)
  • "Advocates, Institution Builders, and Gatekeepers: NGOs and the International Criminal Court"—Heidi Haddad (UC Irvine)
  • "Constitutive Conflicts: Conflicts of Interest as the Rule in Comparative Legal and Institutional Perspective"— John Cioffi (UC Riverside)

5:15  Closing Address

  • Rachel VanSickle-Ward (Pitzer College)

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