“Transformative Justice in Communities of Color”
All events will take place in the Goldberg Room, 297 Simon Hall.

Day 1 – THURSDAY, September 11, 2008

4:30 p.m.

Honorable Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Memorial Lecture

Rethinking Reconciliation: Social Healing Through Justice

Eric Yamamoto, University of Hawai’i, William S. Richardson School of Law

6:00 p.m.

Reception, Donor Lobby

Day 2 – FRIDAY, September 12, 2008
8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast, in the hallway outside
the Goldberg Room

9:00 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome

9:15 a.m.

Transformative Justice: Getting Over the State?

Angela Harris, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

What are the risks in using the language of “healing” when we talk about reparations? Are there benefits as well? What’s useful, and risky, in engaging law and the state in these conversations?

9:35 – 11:15 a.m.

Colonialism and Racism in White Settler Societies

Moderator: Luz Mena, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies, UC Davis

Moana Jackson, Professor of Maori Law and Philosophy, Te Wananga o Raukawa
Rebecca Tsosie, Professor of Law, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Kapua Sproat, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hawai’i, William S. Richardson School of Law

How have colonialism and racism in white settler societies differently affected indigenous communities and “racialized minority” communities? What issues do we have in common, and what are the risks in dialogue and alliance? What are the unaddressed questions in and among communities of color regarding the impacts of colonialism and racism?

11:30 – 12:45 p.m.

Reparations for Gender and Sexual Violence: The “Private” Consequences of “Public” Harms

Moderator: Leti Volpp, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

Andrea Smith,
Professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies, Unviersity of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Sherene Razack
, Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto

How has the international reparations movement begun to encompass gender violence, and what are the challenges still remaining? Is there a connection between domestic violence and colonialism and racism? Are there useful ways of talking about “internalized” racism and colonialism?


1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

From “Restorative” Justice to “Transformative” Justice

Moderator: Mary Louise Frampton, Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, UC Berkeley School of Law

Sujatha Baliga
, Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (invited)
Olis Simmons, Executive Director, Youth Uprising
Sunny Schwartz
, Program Administrator, Resolve to Stop the Violence, San Francisco Sheriff’s Department

How are Bay Area activists addressing issues of trauma and violence within communities of color, especially youth? What is the role of the state? Is “restorative justice” an adequate framework for talking about issues of trauma, healing, and transformation, or is “transformative justice” a better paradigm?

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

The Reparations Movement at a Crossroads

Moderator: Charles Henry, Professor of African American Studies, UC Berkeley

Alfred Brophy
, Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law
Eric Yamamoto, Professor of Law, University of Hawai’i, William S. Richardson School of Law

What is the next step for U.S. reparations activists, now that the lawsuits filed against insurance companies and state actors seem to have stalled? How can reparations activists respond effectively to the persistent public focus on the impossibility of monetary redress and the impossibility of identifying individual victims and perpetrators?