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2024 Racial Justice Act Symposium

February 2 @ 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Symposium Agenda
  • Panel I (8:30 AM – 9:30 AM) – RJA data tool demonstration and feedback
  • Panel II (9:45 AM – 10:45 AM) – Pre-trial litigation panel: hear from the public defenders leading the way on RJA work at some of the state’s biggest PD offices
  • Panel III (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM) – Death penalty & post-conviction: perspectives from community organizers, funders, and post-conviction litigation experts on the frontiers of post-conviction relief under the RJA
  • Lunch & Breakout Session (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM) – Food provided – Not for CLE credit
  • Panel IV (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM) – Data science: hear from a group of preeminent data scientists with expertise in past (and future) RJA litigation
  • Panel V (3:15 PM – 4:45 PM) – Impact litigation: ideas and visions for how the RJA can make the biggest impact for the most people
  • Keynote (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM) – California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra
  • Reception (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM) – Not for CLE credit

CLE substantive written materials are in progress and will be provided before the event

Offering a total of 7 CLE credit hours

Join us at the Racial Justice Act Symposium, a dynamic collaboration between the Berkeley Criminal Law & Justice Center and the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, bringing together public defenders, data scientists, legal scholars, and the author of the California RJA, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, who will deliver the keynote lecture. This Symposium aims to serve as an opportunity for strategic coordination, sharing of best practices and lessons learned, expert witness development, and more. Lawyers, scholars, expert witnesses, activists, organizers, and all those involved in defense side implementation of the RJA are encouraged to attend. Together we can help the RJA achieve its promise of eradicating racially biased convictions and sentences, and shape a fairer, more equitable legal landscape.


February 2
8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Event Categories:
Berkeley Law Event, MCLE



Total MCLE Credits Offered
Course Dates


International House, UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2320 United States
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