Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

May 07, 2009
Southwestern Co-Sponsors California Supreme Court Historical Society Colloquium at the LA Times

Civil & Uncivil Rights - The Early Legal History will be the topic of a special California Supreme Court Historical Society (CSCHS) program to be held on Monday, June 1 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Times Auditorium. The program is being co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, Southwestern Law School, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, and Public Counsel. Chief Justice Ronald George will introduce the program, and LA Times' editorial page editor, Jim Newton, will moderate.

Speakers include former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin, who will discuss slavery, religious freedom and other fundamental state constitutional issues, and University of Delaware Professor Jeanne Pfaelzer, author of Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese-Americans, who will talk primarily about Chinese-Americans and the California legal system during the first decades of statehood. UCLA Chicano Studies Professor Robert Romero will provide concluding remarks.

An early rendition of the California State Building in San Francisco
According to David McFadden, Senior Reference Librarian at Southwestern and President of the Society, "The Society hopes to broaden our exposure beyond just attorneys to law students, historians and others by hosting programs like this colloquium throughout the year in several regions of the state."

Southwestern's Professor Karen Smith and Adjunct Professor Molly Selvin also serve on the Society's Board of Directors. Professor Selvin, who is a member of the program committee for the June event, said, "The symposium brings together an unusually accomplished roster of judicial and academic scholars. Their presentations should help illuminate a number of landmarks in the early history of California civil rights litigation including events that occurred in Los Angeles like the 1871 Chinese Massacre and Biddy Mason's habeas corpus trial."

Students with school I.D. may attend at no charge. The general program charge is $15 (includes free parking, program materials and a light reception), and $10 for employees of governmental or nonprofit agencies. Lawyers attending will receive 2.0 hours of MCLE credit through Southwestern. Registration is available online.

The California Supreme Court Historical Society was founded in 1989 as a non-profit organization dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting California's legal and judicial history, with a particular emphasis on the State's highest court. The Society serves the interests of the bench and bar, the academic community, and the general public through its publications, educational programs and support of scholarly research. In addition, the Society assists private and public agencies with exhibitions, oral histories, court tours, and the acquisition and archiving of judicial materials. Among the CSCHS funded projects is a special display memorializing Southwestern alumnus Justice Stanley Mosk '35, which is on view at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.