American Bar Foundation names Berkeley professor Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law

Angela Onwuachi-Willig cited by, Sept, 18, 2017

The American Bar Foundation has appointed Angela Onwuachi-Willig, the Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, as the 2017-18 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law. Onwuachi-Willig is a renowned scholar of law and inequality whose teaching centers on Employment Discrimination, Evidence, Family Law, Critical Race Theory, and Torts.

Fees for parents of incarcerated youth could end with proposed CA bill

Erwin Chemerinsky, Jeffrey Selbin, and Susan Gluss quoted by The Daily Californian, Sept. 13, 2017

These fees disproportionately impact families of Black and Latinx children, who represent more than 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system, according to Chemerinsky.

Selbin said such fees “undermine both rehabilitation and safety,” which he said are the main goals of the juvenile justice system. Selbin said he believes this is why the bill passed with bipartisan support — 37-3 in the Senate and 57-9 in the Assembly.

The passing of SB 190 in the State Senate and Assembly was a “hard-earned victory for students,” Berkeley Law spokesperson Susan Gluss said in an email.

Why we need total free speech on campuses

Erwin Chemerinsky interviewed by WNYC, Sept. 13, 2017

I think it’s so important for campus officials to respond to and condemn hate speech. Just because the First Amendment protects a right to say something, that doesn’t mean it should be said. Campus officials can describe the type of community they want to create and denounce hate speech as inconsistent with it.

The free speech-hate speech trade-off

Erwin Chemerinsky interviewed by The New York Times, Sept. 13, 2017

The central principle of the First Amendment — and of academic freedom — is that all ideas and views can be expressed. Sometimes they are ideas and views that we might consider noble, that advance equality. Sometimes they might be ideas that we abhor. But there is no way to empower a government or campus administration to restrict speech without allowing for the possibility that tomorrow, it will be our speech that is restricted.