ORANGE, Calif., – UPDATED Feb. 29.  Hamid Khan, founder and former executive director of South Asian Network and Campaign Coordinator for Stop LAPD Spying will be the featured keynote speaker at the student-run Social Justice Symposium, presented by Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law’s Diversity Initiative Symposium and Publication. The symposium takes place on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 1 to 8 p.m.  with Khan speaking as keynote at the symposium dinner.

Formerly Scheduled American Bar Association President Paulette Brown had to cancel her trip due to conflicting unforeseen circumstances.

Full schedule of the Social Justice Symposium:

Blinded Justice: A Discussion About Whether The Legal System Values and Protects Diverse Communities”

Thursday, March 3, 2016
1 – 8 p.m.
Kennedy Hall, Room 237

Chapman University, Orange, Calif.

Presented by the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Diversity Initiative Symposium and Publication

Symposium panelists will discuss unequal justice in three substantive areas of law, addressing how diverse communities are impacted, ways they are responding, and exploring legal and policy solutions:
Panel I: Inequality: The Immigration and Asylum Process (1 – 2:30 p.m.)

Moderators: Darrell P. White, Esq., Orange County Hispanic Bar Association Chief Financial Officer; and Sasha Tymkowicz, Esq., Orange County Hispanic Bar Association Chief Financial Officer Board of Directors

  • Munmeeth Soni, Esq., Immigration advocate with Public Law Center
  • Farida Chehata, Esq.,Immigrants Rights Attorney at Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Julie Marzouk, Clinical Professor of Immigration at Fowler School of Law
  • Jorge Gutierrez, Founder and Director of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
  • Gary Silbiger, Esq., National Lawyers Guild, Immigration Court Watch Committee

Panel II: Impracticality: The School to Prison Pipeline (2:35 – 4:05 p.m.)

Moderator: Michael Gregg, Esq., Thurgood Marshall Bar Association President

  • James Bell, Esq., Founder and Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute
  • Elizabeth Calvin, Esq., Senior Advocate for Children’s Rights at Human Rights Watch
  • Abraham Colunga, Tanisha Denard and Juan Peña, Members of Youth Justice Coalition, Community organization dedicated to systemic reform of the justice system that will improve outcomes for youth and families

Panel III: Impunity: The Criminal and Civil Justice Response to Violence Against Minorities (4:10 – 5:40 p.m.)

Moderator: Bobby Dexter, Professor at Fowler School of Law

  • John L. Burris, Esq., Civil rights advocate and author of Blue vs. Black, Civil Rights Attorney for: Rodney King, Tupac Shakur and Oscar Grant
  • Margaret Prescod, Founder of Black Alliance Fighting Back Serial Killers and host of Sojourner Truth radio show on Pacifica Radio
  • Nana Gyamfi, Esq., Civil rights attorney and community activist

Dinner Keynote (6 – 8 p.m.)

Introduction: Kathy Esfahani, Esq., Senior Research Attorney at California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division III

  • Hamid Khan, Founder and Former Executive Director of South Asian Network, Campaign Coordinator for Stop LAPD Spying


The Chapman University Fowler School of Law Diversity Symposium and Publication Initiative provides two forums for stakeholders, practitioners and academics to collaboratively discuss barriers and solutions to social justice issues – an annual Social Justice Symposium and an online publication.  The Initiative’s goals are that the symposium and subsequent online publication will: (1) foster coalitions for positive change in the practice of law in Orange County and the wider legal community; (2) provide a resource for practitioners litigating or lobbying on the issues addressed; and (3) foster ties between the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law community and Orange County practitioners, academics and community leaders who are involved in matters of social justice and diversity in the law.


Mary Platt, APR

Director of Communications and Media Relations

Chapman University

One University Drive, Orange CA 92866

714-628-7271   @maryaplatt

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