Legal Studies News & Events Archive

  • Hector Arroyo De La Paz

    Student to pursue career helping immigrants

    June 07, 2019

    First-generation college student Hector Arroyo De La Paz will graduate from UC Santa Cruz next week with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and Latin American and Latino studies. He credits his parents for making it happen.

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    Strauss Foundation Awards Alyssa Tamboura $15,000 Public Service Scholarship to Carry Out Project in Her Junior Year at UC Santa Cruz

    May 14, 2019

    The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation, established as a memorial to the late Don Strauss of Newport Beach and now designed to award $15,000 scholarships to as many as 15 California college sophomores and juniors annually, has announced that among the foundation’s new group of recipients is a UC Santa Cruz student, Alyssa Marie Tamboura.

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    Law's Wars, Law's Trials

    March 6, 2019

    Richard Abel discussed the fate of the rule of law when there is a perceived threat to the security of the state by describing the ways in which the rule of law was contested during the "war on terror" after 9/11 and the legal processes that justified that contestation.

  • Alternatives to Law School Panel

    February 13, 2019

    On February 13th, 2019 two UCSC Legal Studies Alumni volunteered their time to come speak to over 40 undergraduate students in the Alternatives to Law School Panel.

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    Stephanie Perez Embarks on A New Journey of Independent Research

    January 21, 2019

    Stephanie Perez, a fourth-year Legal Studies major with a minor in History, is embarking on a new research project, Law and the Early History of Bioprospecting in the Ecuadorian Amazon, which will explore the legal aspects of bioprospecting in Ecuador in the mid-twentieth century and its relationship to pharmaceutical development in the United States.

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    Reel Work Labor Film Festival Together to End Solitary, Cruel and Unusual – the Story of the Angola 3

    March 20, 2018

    Three black men, with together over 113 years in solitary confinement torture in the USA, were framed for organizing against injustice inside Angola Prison in Louisiana. The film follows their decades-long struggle for justice and the building of a national and international movement to end solitary confinement.

  • Rights, Reinscription, & Legal Consciousness: Racist and Sexist Speech at Work and on the Street

    January 10, 2018

    This presentation combines a presentation of work from Nielsen’s first book, License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy & Offensive Public Speech, with her new book, Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, to explore a foundational question: When and how can law successfully intervene to remedy existing structures of inequalities of unearned privilege? In other words, what is the appropriate role of law in addressing the pressing social problems of racism, sexism, ableism, and other loci of discrimination in different contexts.

  • ACLU Forum on First Amendment after Charlottesville

    December 5, 2017

    The violence that occurred in Charlottesville caused civil libertarians around the country to examine their historic, staunch, and absolutist defense of the First Amendment when it comes into conflict with co-equal Constitutional rights, such as Equal Protection, and other vital civil liberties, including racial justice. What should lovers of civil liberties do when the goal of those seeking to exercise their rights to free speech and assembly is to deny others those same rights and/or to harm others? This Conversation explored this complex, thorny issue in depth.

  • Recent Alum Shows that After Graduation, Anything is Possible

    December 5, 2017

    When Anna Jean Kaiser (Cowell, Politics ’12) graduated from UC Santa Cruz, she decided to move to a country where she knew no one. Now, she is a successful reporter writing for the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications.

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    Understanding the First Amendment: A Campus Workshop on Expression

    November 7, 2017

    This workshop on November 14, 2017 presented a keynote by Elizabeth Beaumont, Associate Professor of Politics and Director of Legal Studies at UCSC, introducing participating UCSC students, staff, and faculty to a historical overview of the First Amendment and its basic principles. The keynote was followed by a facilitated round table discussions and activities.

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    Valeria Chavez-Ayala ('17)

    October 14, 2017

    Valeria Chavez-Ayala, a 2017 Legal Studies graduate, has found a new home at UCSC's Office of Undocumented Student Services.

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    Ruth Langridge Awarded NSF Grant

    June 28, 2017

    Ruth Langridge, associate researcher and lecturer with the Politics department, has been awarded the Science of Science and Innovation (SciSIP) Grant from the Nationa Sciene Foundation (NSF).

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    Legal Studies Distinguished Speaker Series: Erwin Chemerinsky

    May 22, 2017

    On Thursday March 2, 2017 the honorable Judge Vince Chhabria, United States District Court for the Northern District of California and graduate of UCSC, class of '91 visited campus as part of the Legal Studies Program's Distinguished Speakers Series.

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    Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion

    May 7, 2017

    Professor Frymer is the director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs and a professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous articles and three books: Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (Reissued 2010), Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party (2008), and Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion (2017), all published by Princeton University Press. Professor Frymer was previously the Director of Legal Studies at UCSC.

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    Prop. 8 plaintiff Kris Perry receives Distinguished Social Sciences Alumni Award

    March 24, 2017

    "You only win your civil rights by fighting for them," says alumna Kris Perry, who will be honored at a reception on Friday, April 28.

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    The Rule of Law: Why It Matters, What Threatens It, and What It Is, Martin Krygier

    March 16, 2017

    Krygier is Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory, UNSW. Honorary Professor at RegNet, ANU, visiting professor at the Graduate School of Social Research, Warsaw, and the International Institute of Sociology of Law, Onati. In 2016 he was awarded the Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory.

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    Federal Judge Vince Chhabria Speaks at UCSC

    March 2, 2017

    On Thursday March 2, 2017 the honorable Judge Vince Chhabria, United States District Court for the Northern District of California and graduate of UCSC, class of '91 visited campus as part of the Legal Studies Program's Distinguished Speakers Series.

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    Mark Fathi Massoud

    November 18, 2016

    Professor Massoud teaches courses and advises students in the Politics Department and Legal Studies Program. He works in the areas of international law, human rights, comparative law, and the politics of law and religion.

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    Mark Fathi Massoud: “Three important points to help in understanding South Sudan’s worsening crisis”

    July 12, 2016

    In an op-ed in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog on politics, politics professor and award-winning researcher Mark Fathi Massoud analyzes the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.