Progressive Law Day is a day-long conference, organized and led by law student members of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and open to legal workers, lawyers, activists, and anyone interested in learning about radical lawyering and legal work. Join us for some great trainings and panelists!
Saturday, October 20 | 10am-5pm
UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall, Room 110
9:30 – 10:00 AM: Welcome Reception
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Prosecutorial Misconduct: the Problem and What We Can Do About It
The United States cages more people than any other country, now or in recorded history. Some 12 million human beings cycle yearly through our jails and prisons. And who bears the brunt of the responsibility for these shameful statistics? The American prosecutor, whose power in the criminal system is unparalleled.
The panelists will define prosecutorial misconduct—what does it look like, how does it affect their clients? They will explore its scope—how common is it, in California and beyond? They will discuss the many reasons why prosecutors are so rarely held accountable. And they will offer solutions, enabling attendees to push back on this scourge, whether as defense lawyers, defendants, activists, or members of the public. .
Peter Calloway | Fellow at San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
Peter Santina | Oakland Criminal Defense Attorney
Meehna Lee | Solano County Public Defender
Manohar Raju | Attorney at San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
11:15 – 12:45 PM: Legal Observer Training
Legal observers play a crucial role monitoring law enforcement at demonstrations. Legal observers collect information on arrests and information that may be used in criminal defense of activists or in advocacy against police and government misconduct and repression.
EmilyRose Johns | Attorney and NLGSF Demonstrations Committee Legal Observer Coordinator
Sydney Ji | Legal Observer
1:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch
Continues through keynote
1:30 – 2:00 PM: Keynote Tirien Steinbach
Tirien Steinbach is the executive director of the East Bay Community Law Center, the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School. She is a lecturer-in-residence and teaches a companion course on applied legal ethics and community lawyering.
2:15 – 3:15 PM: Organizing Community Defense Strategies in the Cambodian Deportation Crisis
2017 saw an unprecedented number of ICE raids in Cambodian American communities, leading up to the single largest deportation of over 40 Khmer Americans in April 2018. This panel focuses on the impact of US policies on Southeast Asian refugees facing deportation, as well as coordinating a defense response rooted in community-based organizing.
Borey “PJ” Ai | Member, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Nate Tan | Community Organizer, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Anoop Prasad | Senior Staff Attorney, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Charlene Khoo | NLGSF Program Coordinator
3:30 – 5:00 PM: NLGSF Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) Training: How to Helping Someone In Prison Represent Themselves in a Prisoners Rights Case About CDCR Conditions
Recently released successful jailhouse lawyer Michael Saavedra will present on filing 1983 and habeas lawsuits while in prison. The audience will participate in an activity to practice ways people on the outside can help people on the inside succeed with their prison conditions suits.
Caitlin Kelly Henry | Attorney and PAN Mentor
Michael Saavedra | Recently released Jailhouse Lawyer
5:30-7:00 PM: Happy hour