The Inaugural Derrick Bell Lecture Series: Examining Issues of Race and Diversity

Presented by the University of Oregon Law School, the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the United States District Court

Keynote Presentation: 12:00-1:30
Prof. Ian Haney-López, University of California, Berkley Law

Dog Whistle Racism: Race + Politics in 2012
Two themes dominate American politics today – at the forefront is declining economic opportunity and coursing underneath is race. This talk connects the two. In the last fifty years, dog whistle politics has driven broad swaths of voters to adopt a self-defeating hostility toward government, and in the process remade the very nature of race and racism. American politics today – and the crisis of the middle class – simply cannot be understood without recognizing the powerful role of coded racial appeals.

Panel Discussion: 1:30-3:30
Educational Opportunities Post-Fisher

The fate of affirmative action in our universities will be decided this term by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher case. Our distinguished panel will discuss what the elimination of affirmative action enforcement may mean for our communities, as well as ways to promote educational opportunities in a post-Fisher world.

*Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Ph.D., J.D., Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Univ. of Oregon
*Chandra Brown, M.B.A., Vice President of Oregon Ironworks, President of United Streetcars
*Jilma Meneses, J.D., Chief Diversity Officer, Portland State University
*Cynthia D. Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H, OHSU Professor and Vice Chair, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology Director, Education and Career Development
*Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
*Moderator: Jeffrey D. Jones, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark School of Law/Of Counsel at Barran Liebman LLP

Lunch is provided and a hosted reception will follow the panel discussion. Pending approval, this program is applicable towards 3 hours of Equal Access to Justice CLE credits. Download the flyer here.

REGISTRATION: Participants not seeking CLE credit, please RSVP to Anneka Nelson

Participants seeking CLE credit, please pay via the PayPal links here:

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$25 for CLE Credits (FBA members/government/legal aid/unemployed attorneys only), REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE HERE.
(Please include your full name in the note section when you pay through PayPal.)

Or email Anneka at to RSVP and pay by check. If paying by check, please also fill out the registration form.


Feb 8 2013 – 12:00pm – 5:00pm


Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor 1000 SW 3rd Portland, OR 97204


Free if not seeking CLE credits / $50 for CLE credits ($25 for FBA members, government/legal aid/unemployed attorneys)


Jolie Russo at or 503-326-8252

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