The Program – independently and in collaboration with other School of Law programs, centers and institutes, student journals and organizations, and other UCLA departments and institutes – sponsors a variety of events and programs throughout the academic year, bringing advocates, policy-makers and scholars from around the country and abroad to the School to discuss issues of critical local, national and international interest. 

This past academic year, the Program once again sponsored a formal Speaker Series, supported by a gracious gift from School of Law alumna Margaret Levy, Class of 1975.  The Series, comprised of nine programs, addressed some of our society’s most pressing challenges:

2012-13 David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series

“A Dialogue:  The Future of Capital Punishment in California”
A Panel Discussion

“Undocumented Lawyers, Doctors, and Teachers?
Deferred Action and Admission to the Licensed Professions”

A Discussion

“So Rich, So Poor:  Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America”
A Talk by Peter B. Edelman
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Joint Degree in Law and Public Policy
Faculty Director, Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy
Georgetown University Law Center

“Crossing Party Lines:  A Constitution for All”
A Conversation with Virginia Sloan
Executive Director and Founder
The Constitution Project

“The Affordable Care Act after the Supreme Court’s Decision:
Challenges to Health Reform Implementation”

A Panel Discussion

“The Commitment to Gideon’s Promise – Ensuring ‘Justice’ in Our Criminal Justice System”
A Talk by Jonathan Rapping
Professor, John Marshall Law School
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gideon’s Promise

“Challenging Detention and Torture from Guantanamo Bay to Pelican Bay”
A Talk by Vincent Warren
Executive Director
Center for Constitutional Rights

“Proposition 8 and DOMA at the Supreme Court”
A Talk by Matt Coles
Deputy National Legal Director
American Civil Liberties Union

“The Limits of Human Rights Advocacy:  Syria and the Blowback of the Arab Spring”
A Talk by Sarah Leah Whitson
Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
Human Rights Watch


This past year as well, the Program sponsored and hosted, respectively, three additional significant efforts, which engaged the School of Law community, as well as members of the public:

Election Protection Community-Wide Training
Los Angeles-area training for lawyers and law students under the auspices of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights]

Election Day Election Protection Call Center
UCLA School of Law joined the law firms of Reed Smith and Munger, Tolles & Olson and the National
Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in servicing the southern California area on election day

“A 28th Amendment?  Legal Issues, Remedies and Strategies to Get the Money Out of Politics”
A Conference Sponsored by the Money Out/Voters In Coalition

The Program’s Speaker Series, as well as the majority of other events sponsored or supported by the Program are typically open to the public.  If you are not a current UCLA School of Law student, faculty, staff or alumni and would like to receive e-mail notifications about Program events, please provide us with your contact information.

For a description of public interest career- and job search-related programming, see the Office of Public Interest Programs.