The First Amendment on Campus


Monday, February 25, 2019 -
9:00am to 1:30pm


William S. Boyd School of Law





The First Amendment on Campus

Monday, February 25, 2019



Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom



Continental breakfast



Welcome and introductions – Dean Dan Hamilton



Speaker: Charles Robinson, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, University of California, Mic Check! The First Amendment on Campus: A View from the Trenches


Charles F. Robinson began his tenure as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs for the University of California in January 2007.  As the Chief Legal Officer for the University of California, he provides legal advice to the Board of Regents, the President, and senior leadership at the University’s 10 campuses, five medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  His legal department – UC Legal – is headquartered in Oakland and is staffed by 64 attorneys and approximately 49 additional attorneys at the campuses and medical center locations.  The University of California is the second largest employer in the State of California, with 210,000 employees, and it currently serves over 270,000 students.  It is the largest university system in the nation with a operating budget of $34 billion.


Prior to joining the University, Robinson served as Vice President, General and Corporate Secretary for the California Independent System Operator Corporation, California’s wholesale electric transmission operator, based in Folsom, CA.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Packard Bell in Sacramento, Division Counsel for the Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park, and as a Litigation Partner at Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe in San Francisco.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale University.


Comment and response: John Valery White, Ralph Denton Professor of Law, UNLV Boyd School of Law


Professor White served as Acting Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education during the 2016-2017 academic year, as Strategic Advisor to the UNLV president in 20156-2016, and as UNLV’s Executive Vice President and Provost from 2012 to 2015.  Professor White, the second Dean of the UNLV Boyd School of Law, is a member of the American Law Institute; his scholarship focuses on higher education and civil and human rights. 





Introduction – Sara Gordon, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


11:00am – 12:00pm

Speaker: Rachel Moran, Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, Bakke’s Paradoxes:  Divergent Meanings of Diversity


Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Professor Moran was the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. From July 2008 to June 2010, Moran served as a founding faculty member of the UC Irvine Law School. Moran has written three books as well as over 70 articles and book chapters on issues related to educational equity and access, race and equality, and Latinx-related law and policy.  Her forthcoming article on the Bakke case will appear in a symposium issue of the UC Davis Law Review commemorating the decision’s fortieth anniversary.



Comment and response: Mark Yudof, President Emeritus, University of California


At the University of California, President Yudof led a university system with ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, a statewide agriculture and natural resources program, and more than 230,000 students.  Prior to joining the University of California, President Yudof served as chancellor of the University of Texas system, which followed his service as president of the four-campus University of Minnesota. Before that, he served as dean of the law school at the University of Texas at Austin, and as the executive vice president and provost of the University of Texas at Austin. President Yudof is an authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression, and education law. He has written and edited books on free speech and gender discrimination, including four editions of his co-authored book, "Educational Policy and the Law." President Yudof is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute.



Speaker: Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer, UNLV, Breaking Gridlock: A Call for Culturally Intelligent Leadership in an Era of Radical Polarization


Dr. Oakes comes to UNLV from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she served as the university's first Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, as director of the office of multicultural affairs, and as coordinator of the undergraduate health and exercise science majors programs. She holds a doctorate in exercise physiology and nutrition from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was the first African-American female with a doctorate in the American College of Sports Medicine. Oakes also holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science, both from Wake Forest University.   Dr. Oakes’ work at Wake Forest earned her several national awards and recognition, including being named in 2012 as one of 25 Women Making a Difference in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.  


 Faculty Lounge, 4th Floor, Beverly Rogers Literature & Law Building



Introduction - seminar student



Speaker: Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law, Allocation of Honor by The State:  Reflection on Public Monuments and Building Naming.


Sanford Levinson, who holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, joined the University of Texas Law School in 1980. Professor Levinson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Court Section of the American Political Science Association in 2010.  

Comment and response: seminar student





The event is free but registration is required. Click here to register.

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