From Tuesday, February 16 through Saturday, February 20, 2010, Students for Economic & Environmental Justice (SEEJ) and Boalt Hall Environmental Law Society (ELS) will host the 6th Annual Environmental Justice Symposium: “Environmental Justice: Lawyers and Community Partnering for Change.”   The week-long symposium will feature lively discussion on the vital intersection of grassroots social change, environmental protection, and civil and human rights.  All events are free!  Here’s the schedule:


Keynote Event:  Thursday, Feb. 18

“Maquilápolis: City of Factories” film screening & discussion w/ Maria Magdalena Cerda & Martha Ojeda

Co-hosted by La Raza Law Student Association, Sponsored by Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights and the Human Rights Center. 

Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall, 6:00-8:30 pm

Please join us for the UC Berkeley premiere of a documentary on women laborers’ struggle for humane workplace conditions and environmental justice in factories along the U.S.-Mexico border and a post-screening discussion with maquiladora organizers/Mexican labor rights activists.  This is a captivating film about the human rights and labour violations, environmental devastation, and "urban chaos" brought about by globalization - focusing on the plight of Carmen, who works the graveyard shift in one of Tijuana's maquiladora, the multinationally-owned factories that came to Mexico for its cheap labor.  The film discusses efforts of women within the maquiladoras to assert their own collective rights against exploitation and violence. The film is an example of the need for social change around the issues of globalization, social and environmental justice, and fair trade--issues that are deeply connected to the women who are the subject of the film.  The program has been brought to other parts of California but has never before been features in the Bay Area!   

Post-screening discussion will be led by Martha Ojeda, Executive Director of the Coalition for Justice, and Maria Magdalena Cerda of Chilpancingo Collective for Environmental Justice.  

"EJ Week" Lunch Events: 

Tuesday, Feb. 16

The Environmental Justice Movement: History & Skills Every Lawyer Should Know

A panel discussion featuring Helen Kang, Golden Gate University; Kara Brodfuehrer, California Rural Legal Assistance; 

Phoebe Seaton, California Rural Legal Assistance; and Alegria De La Cruz, The Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment. 

Lunch provided by Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP.  Please visit: http://www.smwlaw.com

Room 105, Boalt Hall, 12:45-1:45 pm. 


Wednesday, Feb. 17

Carbon Trading: Help or Harm?

A panel discussion of the social and environmental benefits and costs of carbon trading, 

featuring: Alice Kaswan, Professor of USF School of Law; Ethan Elkind, Bank of America Climate Change Research Fellow, 

Berkeley Law and UCLA School of Law; Michael Wara, Assistant Professor, Stanford Law School and The Program on Energy and 

Sustainable Development; and Michelle Chan, Program Director of Green Investments, Friends of the Earth.   

Fry bread lunch provided by NALSA, Room 105, Boalt Hall, 12:45-1:45 pm

Thursday, Feb. 18

Social Justice Thursday: Lawyering for Social Change

Presented by Maria Magdalena Cerda & Martha Ojeda

 Soul food lunch provided by LSAD, Room 10, Boalt Hall, 12:45-1:45 pm


Saturday, Feb. 20

Toxic Tour of Environmental Justice “Hot Spots” in West Oakland

Led by Margaret Gordon, Co-Director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

and Aditi Vaidya, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Transport, lunch, and post-tour discussion included.  Please RSVP to ejweek2010@gmail.com.

Meet at Kroeber Fountain, College and Bancroft, at 9:45 am

Please join us in thanking our generous sponsors: Ecology Law Quarterly;  Center for Law, Energy and the Environment; California Law Review; Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights;  Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LL;Human Rights Center; Berkeley Journal of International Law; The Graduate Assembly. 

In addition, we'd also like to thank our friends and allies:  Berkeley Journal for Employment & Labor Law; Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice; 

Pilipino American Law Society; South Asian Law Student Association; National Lawyers Guild, and Women of Color Collective.  

For more information, please email ejweek2010@gmail.com

Accommodations For People With Disabilities
ELS is an equal opportunity group committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This event is wheelchair accessible. This information can be made available in an alternate format upon request.
For any disability-related accommodations please contact Sara Clark at saraclark@berkeley.edu. Advance notice is requested.