Critical Race Studies 2020 SymposiumRebellious Lawyering -
Reverberations From One
Chicano's Radical Vision

Honoring Gerald P. López

March 12-13, 2020, at UCLA School of Law.

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Gerald P. López published Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano's Vision of Progressive Law Practice in 1992. For three decades, the book has reverberated across the United States and other countries too—challenging the color-blind, experts-rule approach of conventional "public interest law" and providing an alternative radical vision for how to practice problem solving. That radical vision has triggered fundamental changes in progressive work of all sorts, in clinical and, more broadly, legal and university-wide education, and in how bloggers, journalists, professionals, and scholars debate how lawyers might most likely become co-eminent allies with clients, communities, and movements militant in their efforts to transform the world. Race, racism, and anti-racism – challenging subordination and authoritarianism in all forms – are at the center of López's vision, and UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies program (CRS) is honored to devote its 20th Anniversary Symposium to looking at rebellious lawyering past, present and future.

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Established in 2007, through a collaboration of CRS students and faculty, the CRS Symposium is the signature event of the UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program.  The purpose of the event is to foreground the most innovative ideas and strategies to end racial injustice, to promote learning and collaboration across disciplines, and to integrate racial justice theory and practice.

The Symposium is also the site of the Annual Reunion of Friends and Alumni of CRS, which consists of UCLA Law graduates and others who share our mission to think new ideas, teach new leaders and scholars, and to transform racial justice advocacy.

To see videos of panels and presentations from past Symposia, please see the links above.