The University of California is excited to host the first combined conference of UC’s four law school’s focused on public interest, to be held in September at UCLA. The conference, developed in partnership with Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), California's premier legal resource provider, will bring together over 500 diverse UC law students and young professionals and is designed to expose them to the wide array of issues around the inaugural theme: Civil Rights in the 21st Century.

Stemming from the University of California's Public Service Fellowship, which provides over $4.5 million annually to students interested in public interest law at four co-hosting schools (UCI Law, UCLA Law, UC Davis School of Law, and Berkeley Law) the conference will be a capstone experience for the first group of summer and post-grad UC Presidential Fellows.

President Janet Napolitano, who will provide the conference's keynote, notes UC's commitment to public interest law and exposing UC students and graduates to it. "Lawyers who serve the public interest can use the power of the law to promote positive change and strengthen our democracy, and we believe training the next generation of public service lawyers is now more important than ever. We hope to bring together a wide array of students, academics, and professionals and to inspire current law students and young lawyers to become leaders in advancing vital civic causes."

CEB, with deep connections to the legal community in California will be co-hosting and organizing the sessions for the conference, Kelly Lake, CEB's Executive Director says, "As our nation continues to evolve lawyers and the legal profession are playing an increasingly important role in protecting civil rights and serving the public good. This conference speaks to CEB's mission of public service and training the legal leaders of tomorrow."

The conference will have five keynote speakers and 18 breakout sessions at UCLA's Luskin Conference Center Saturday, September 23, and Sunday, September 24, 2017, featuring deans from each of UC’s law schools. Breakouts will be diverse, addressing everything from law and organizing to water rights to immigration.