Lawyers & Movements: Book Talk with Professor Scott Cummings

March 1, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Please join the David J. Epstein Program on Public Interest Law and Policy on Monday, March 1, 2021, for a timely conversation with Prof. Scott Cummings on his new book, An Equal Place: Lawyers in the Struggle for Los Angeles. This event is part of the Epstein Program's series this year focused on "From the Ground Up: Lawyering for Clients and Communities." 

"An Equal Place: Lawyers in the Struggle for Los Angeles"

Monday, March 1, 2021

12:15-1:30 pm Pacific

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An Equal Place is a landmark study of the role of lawyers in seminal campaigns challenging economic inequality in Los Angeles during a critical period in the city's history: from the 1992 uprising to the 2008 recession. Through these campaigns, lawyers allied with local movements to improve conditions in low-wage industries — garment, day labor, retail, grocery, and trucking — transformed by deindustrialization, outsourcing, and immigration. Prof. Cummings shows that sophisticated legal strategy — engaging yet extending beyond courts, in which lawyers were partners in social movements — was an indispensable part of the effort to make L.A. a more equal place.

Joining the conversation is Betty Hung, project director at UCLA Institute for Research in Labor and Employment. They will discuss how lessons from the campaigns help reimagine the role of lawyers in bottom-up social movements in the current moment and beyond. Event is co-sponsored by UCLA's Institute on Research for Labor and Employment.