Legal Studies Latest News as of 4/24/23

April 24, 2023


Last Chance to Late Change
Friday April 28th is the last day to make a Late Change to Class Schedule.
There are no exceptions.
This is a College rule.
Go here for more details.


1) Art Showcase
2) Summer Intrnshp
3) Honors Info Recording
4) News Re: Data C8
5) SLC Help
6) Intrnshps/Fllwshps
7) PIRG Panel Event
8) Win JBL Headphones
9) Undocu Su Intrnshp
10) TBB Fllwshp
11) Soros $$ for Grad School
12)  Lavender Graduation
13) Honors Conference 4/28
1) Art Showcase
Art Showcase
Creative Student Showcase
April 28 | 4-6PM
@ Platform Artspace 

Arts + Design is sponsoring a Creative Student Showcase on Friday, April 28th from 4-6PM at Platform Art Space (south courtyard of Wurster hall). There will be snacks and drinks and several creative student clubs (art, design, performance, digital design, music, etc.) in attendance to showcase their work and let students know about joining their club for next year!
2) Summer Intrnshp
Summer Intrnshp

The Office of Berkeley City Councilmember Rigel Robinson is accepting fellowship applications for Summer 2023!

Candidates of all backgrounds are welcome to apply, so long as they are passionate about progressive policymaking and the future of the City of Berkeley. Tasks include drafting legislation, writing reports and memos, conducting policy research, and assisting with constituent inquiries.

Apply here by Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 11:59 PM: If you have any questions, please reach out to Legislative Assistant Sam Greenberg at

3) Honors Info Recording
Honors Info Recording

If you weren't able to attend the Honors Info Session on 4/12:
Here's the link and passcode.
Passcode: He#z=5MX
Also, here's the Honors Program info on our website.
4) News Re: Data C8
News Re: Data C8
I just wanted to update you that, given the number of seats currently available for Data C8, we are expecting to begin enrollment next week with reserved seats only for F23 newly admitted students, and L&S Undeclared sophomores. Our advice to all other students will be to add to the waitlist for now, ideally as a Swap after selecting an alternate class if possible.
We are trying very hard to expand the class but it may depend on some factors that we won't know for a little while. We will contact all students on the Data C8 waitlist as soon as an update is available.
We've compiled this list of FAQs that you may want to refer students to. Please let me know if you have any questions!
5) SLC Help
SLC Help

With the end of the semester only a few weeks away, we know students still have a lot of writing and revision still to accomplish! To better support these writers through the end of their semester, the SLC Writing Program is thrilled to announce that our fun, interactive, virtual writing workshops are in full swing! We are offering writing topics for everyone this semester, from organization and structure, to literature reviews, to revision strategies, and more.

There are more details on our website

In addition to the workshops, our regular services are also up and running, so students can continue to Drop-in, make an Appointment, or sign up for Weekly as well.

6) Intrnshps/Fllwshps
Former Legal Studies major Alexandra Gonzalez sent over this job posting from the nonprofit she works at currently. "They are looking for interns/fellows for the data team, although not directly related to Legal studies coursework, they do center similar themes of racial Justice, equality, and institutional change that I think many students within LS might be interested in."
7) PIRG Panel Event
PIRG Panel Event
What: The Student PIRGs are hosting a Panel Event to hear advice & tips from Leaders in the Environmental movement on how you also can get an environmental change-making career.


Christy Leavitt, Plastics Campaign Director - Oceana
Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director - California Solar & Storage Association
Sujatha Bergen, Health Campaigns Director - NRDC
Renee Wellman, Executive Director - Green Corps
Jo Huxster, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies - Eckerd College

RSVP today! Send to anyone else who might be interested

When: Youth Earth Week 2023, Tuesday 4/25 at 12pm PST/3pm EST 

There are so many problems we need to tackle: We've got to stop the worst impacts of climate change by powering our world with 100% Renewable Energy. We've got to turn the tide on our plastic pollution crisis. We've got to protect our best pollinators like the bees. We've got to preserve and set aside more nature for protection... and so much more! Come join us!

I hope to see you there~

Liam Horstick
Recruitment Director
Student PIRGs
8) Win JBL Headphones
Win JBL Headphones
Student Tech Services Survey & Raffle: Student Tech Services invites all students to complete their short (5-8 minute) survey to help inform their understanding of student technology needs. All survey participants will have a chance to win JBL Noise-Cancelling Headphones or a $15 Amazon gift card. Students can take the survey until April 30 to be included in the weekly raffle drawings.
9) Undocu Su Intrnshp
Undocu Su Intrnshp Undocumented Student Program Summer Internship: This internship is specifically for undergraduate students who will be in Berkeley for the summer and can work in-person from May 22 through August 11. The Undocumented Student Program Intern will be the first point of contact for students entering the UCRC, support professional staff with daily operations and appointments, spread awareness about the services USP offers on and off campus, and support USP events during the summer. Interested students should submit their application by April 30
10) TBB Fllwshp
TBB Fllwshp Transcending Beyond Berkeley (TBB) Fellowship 23-24 Applications Are Open: The Transcending Beyond Berkeley (TBB) Fellowship provides students with tools to present their education, experience, and skills effectively in a professional environment and to thrive, regardless of immigration status. Fellows are paired with a campus department to complete a project that aligns with the department's mission and receive a scholarship for their participation in the fellowship. To be eligible, students must not be eligible for federal aid; be CA Dream Aid recipients and/or be undocumented; and must be a continuing student for the 2023-24 academic year. Students should submit their application by May 12

11) Soros $$ for Grad School

Soros $$ for Grad School

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship Online Info Session for UCB Students

Tuesday, April 25, 5:30–6:30 pm.

Pre-register to receive link.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships support new Americans in their graduate study in any subject, anywhere in the United States. Applicants should be leaders who can give evidence of creativity, accomplishment, and commitment to the U.S. Constitution, and for whom graduate education is relevant to their long-term career goals. The merit-based Fellowship provides $25,000 maintenance and up to $20,000 for tuition per annum wherever the Fellow attends, up to $90,000.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

1. New American Status. Whether you were born in the U.S. or abroad, your birth parents must have both been born outside of the U.S. as non-U.S. citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for U.S. citizenship at the time of their births. If you were born in the U.S., you must be the child of two immigrants. If you were born abroad, you must be a naturalized U.S. citizen, possess a valid green card, have been granted refugee or asylee status in the U.S., or have graduated from both high school and college in the U.S. (this applies to DACA recipients and applicants who will graduate from college by the Fall of 2024).

2. Academic Standing. You should be planning to be enrolled full-time in an eligible, accredited, professional or graduate degree program at a U.S. university for the Fall 2024–2025 academic year. In addition, you must not have begun the third year of the program you are seeking funding for as of the October 2023 deadline. Applicants who have a previous graduate degree or who are in a joint-degree program are eligible. Ineligible programs: executive graduate programs, part-time programs, joint bachelors/master’s programs where the bachelor’s is not received by the spring of 2024, certificate programs, post-baccalaureate programs, graduate programs that are not in the U.S., and graduate programs that are not fully accredited.

3. Age. You must not have reached your 31st birthday as of the application deadline.

Students interested in learning more about the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship are welcome to make an individual advising appointment with Keila Diehl (


12)  Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation

The Gender Equity Resource Center and our partners are excited to invite you to the 23rd Lavender Graduation Celebration! Everyone is invited, and there is no fee to participate. In order to manage capacity, we need all those who plan to attend to fill out this registration. Everyone must register — graduates, guests, current students, family, etc — as space is limited and priority for entering will be given to those graduates who register by April 27th (or whenever we reach capacity, whichever comes first) and then to everyone else on the list in order of when they registered. Graduating students who register after April 27th are not guaranteed to be listed in the program booklet. 

No Academic Regalia (caps and gowns) are required but feel free to be as fabulous as you wish! Graduating undergraduate students receive a Rainbow Tassel. Graduating graduate students receive a Lavender Cord.
13) Honors Conference 4/28
Honors Conference 4/28
The 16th annual Lauren Edelman Legal Studies Honors Research Conference showcases original empirical research from undergraduate scholars in the Legal Studies Honors Program. The Honors theses presented today have been developed over the 2022-23 academic year via a sequence of two research seminars and with the support of dedicated faculty mentors. The conference is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the impressive work accomplished by these promising young scholars. The annual Legal Studies undergraduate research conference is dedicated to the memory of our beloved professor, Lauren Edelman, who was the Honors Program Director for many years, and up until her untimely death earlier this year.

Conference Schedule

APRIL 28, 2023 
10 AM – 4 PM 
In the Selznick Seminar Room
Also available on Zoom:

10-10:20 Introductory Remarks
Dylan C. Penningroth, Associate Dean JSP/Legal Studies
Jon Marshall, Ph.D., Assistant Dean JSP/Legal Studies
Calvin Morrill, Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law, Professor of Sociology

10:20 - 11:20  Panel 1: Rights in the Workplace  
Moderator: Sarah DiMagno, JSP

Katelynn Kuminkoski
Striking a Balance: Mothers Working in the Human Rights Field

Leslie Macias
Lived Experiences of Mexican Farmworkers: Workplace Injuries and (Lack of) Rights at Work

Sanjana Manjeshwar
“Agreements” in Name Only: How Workers Understand Mandatory Arbitration Clauses and Class Action Waivers in Employment Contracts

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Panel 2: Law and Justice in Disability Studies and Family Law
Moderator: Doug Sangster, JSP

Sidney Carrigan
A Disabling Society: The Understanding of Disability Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Alexis Gutierrez
Community, Validation, and Understanding: The Students’ Perspective on Disability and Healthcare Accessibility

Andrea Castresana
Combatting Violence Against Women: A Look at Domestic Violence Organizations

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30-2:50 pm  Panel 3: Legal and Political Consciousness  
Moderator: Isabella Mariani, JSP

Skylar Davidson
Conceptualizing Terrorism Beyond Law and Policy: American Perceptions of Terrorism and Terrorists in a Post-9/11 World

Madelaine van der Ploeg
The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978: An Assessment of American Indian Legal Consciousness

Hemani Patel
The Houseless Community, Motels, and their Socio-Legal Relationship: A Study of the Houseless Community Residing in West Sacramento Independent Motels

Katie Kim
Like, Share, and Comment: The Influence of Youth Culture on Polarization through Social Media

3:00-4:00 pm  Panel 4: Criminal Justice in Prison and Out
Moderator: Nandina Babic, JSP

Ellen Collins
How Restorative Justice Matters: A Participant-Centered Perspective

Kevin McCarthy
Against All Odds: Understanding the Conditions and Relationships that Led to the Success of the 2013 Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay State Prison

Alexia Salazar-Biagini
Finding a Path Forward: Navigating the Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

4:00 pm  Closing Remarks