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Richard L. Hasen – January 2019 21st-Century Voting Wars

Richard L. Hasen – January 2019 21st-Century Voting Wars

This seminar considers the “voting wars” that have erupted between the right and left over access to the ballot and concerns about voter fraud, voter suppression, and electoral integrity. It explores whether and how changes in voting rules, election administrator incompetence, foreign interference and occasional domestic “dirty tricks,” and an escalation of the rhetoric surrounding “stolen” elections threaten the legitimacy and acceptance of election results in 2020 and beyond. It examines the role that governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations may play in ensuring the American tradition of peaceful transfer of power after elections.

Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, is a nationally recognized expert on election law and campaign finance regulation. He is the author of The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, and The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption. He was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013 and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2005 and 2016 by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. His op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and Slate.

This event has been made possible through the generosity of Cliff and Crystal Wyatt.

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Seminar Readings

Richard L. Hasen, “The 2016 Voting Wars: From Bad to Worse,” 26 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 629 (2018)

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Jocelyn Frye – December 2018 Beyond #MeToo: Combatting Sexual Harassment

Jocelyn Frye – December 2018 Beyond #MeToo: Combatting Sexual Harassment

The seminar provides a contextual overview of the legal, policy, and historical developments – including the persistent influence of gender and racial biases on cultural and workplace attitudes – that have shaped the existing framework of protections against sexual harassment in the workplace.  The discussion examines the current challenges to combatting workplace sexual harassment effectively, and identifies potential avenues for progress at the legislative, workplace, and educational levels.  These strategies will include exploring ways to remove pre-employment barriers that limit the ability to report harassment, improve harassment reporting structures, reduce retaliation and better empower survivors, elevate bystander intervention and other prevention measures, incentivize greater transparency, strengthen enforcement, and promote workplace equity.  The discussion also examines how to counter the misperceptions about sexual harassment that overlook the disproportionate impacts on women of color and low-income women. The seminar concludes with a robust discussion about how best to advance promising policy options to achieve concrete progress in the years ahead.

Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, is a leading authority on women’s economic security and employment issues. She served for four years as deputy assistant to former President Barack Obama and director of policy and special projects for former First Lady Michelle Obama, with a focus on women, families, and engagement with the greater DC community. Previously Frye was general counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she testified before Congress and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on federal enforcement of employment-discrimination laws. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

This event has been made possible through the generosity of Martin and Maureen McDermut.

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Seminar Readings

Jocelyn Frye, “From Politics to Policy:  Turning the Corner on Sexual Harassment,” Center for American Progress (January 31, 2018)
Jocelyn Frye, “Creating a Fair Process to Combat Sexual Harassment is Essential to Women’s Progress,” Center for American Progress (March 7, 2018)

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Douglas Massey – October 2018 America's Immigration Policy in Crisis

Douglas Massey – October 2018 America's Immigration Policy in Crisis

The seminar outlines the dysfunctional policy decisions that gave rise to an undocumented population that peaked at 12 million persons in 2008. It reviews what has happened to that population in subsequent years, focusing on the changing circumstances in Mexico and Central America and policy decisions taken during the Obama Administration. It concludes with a look at the policies unleashed by the Trump administration and their mismatch with the realities of traffic on the Mexico-U.S. border and the actual security needs of the United States.

Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His award-winning publications include Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb, Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times, and Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Age of Economic Integration. Since 1982 he has also co-directed (with Jorge Durand, University of Guadalajara), the Mexican Migration Project that was created to further our understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The recipient of many research grants and awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Massey has also served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.

This event has been made possible through the generosity of Montecito Bank & Trust, Mitchell Kauffman and Joanne Moran.

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Seminar Readings

Douglas S. Massey, “Today’s U.S.-Mexico ‘Border Crisis’ in 6 charts,” The Conversation, June 27, 2018
Douglas S. Massey, “America’s Immigration Policy Fiasco: Learning from Past Mistakes,” Daedalus, vol. 142, no. 3, 2013, pp. 5-15

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