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California Western regularly hosts conferences and symposia exploring emerging trends in the law and legal education. Below are examples of recent and upcoming events.

To find out more about our scholarly programs, contact Professor Catherine Hardee.

Symposia & Conferences

California Western Law Review Symposium: The Impact of Police Brutality on Womxn

March 13, 2021

Black and Latinx individuals, womxn of color, and transgender individuals are disproportionality affected by police brutality compared to their male counterparts. Nonetheless, men remain at the center of this conversation. Centering male voices ignores both the direct and indirect effects that such violence has on womxn.

This symposium attempts to create a safe environment for a comprehensive and robust discussion about how the most marginalized groups of people are affected by state-sanctioned violence. The symposium will highlight the existence of this particular issue and provide an opportunity to discuss solutions.

Past Symposia & Conferences

Legal Ethics Symposium San DiegoLegal Ethics Symposium

March 20, 2020

The fourth annual Legal Ethics Symposium focused on legal ethics and criminal procedure. A distinguished group of scholars and practitioners discussed issues related to the ethical obligations of prosecutors and law enforcement, with specific attention to the legal, ethical, and moral ramifications of proposed reforms to criminal procedure and to the criminal justice system.

Wasted: The Global Effects of Plastic Waste in a Consumer Society Joint Law Review and International Law Journal symposium:
Wasted: The Global Effects of Plastic Waste in a Consumer Society

March 14, 2020

This symposium focused on the environmental impacts of single-use plastic waste and the current and potential regulations which aim to both solve and curb the harmful effects of this waste. Our speakers came from all over the globe to identify potential issues involved in these regulations and critically look at their long-term effects. This symposium provided a forum for environmental conservation and incited members of both the legal and local communities to take proper action to protect our environment.

Gender Sidelining Symposium at California WesternGender Sidelining Symposium

April 26-27, 2018

The Gender Sidelining Symposium at California Western brought together academics and practitioners from a broad range of fields to take an innovative look at how existing social structures can lead to adverse treatment on the basis of gender when actions may not be motivated by gender-based animus or even by implicit bias.

2018 Legal Ethics SymposiumLegal Ethics Symposium

February 17, 2018

The Legal Ethics Symposium at California Western focused on the ethical dilemmas that arise at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and public health. The symposium included presentations by thought leaders and experienced scholars in legal ethics, AI, nanotechnology, and more.

SEC Conference thumbnailSEC Conference

January 25, 2018

The SEC Conference at California Western brought together several key former and current leaders of the securities bar and from the Securities and Exchange Commission to evaluate the challenges facing issuers of securities, investors and others to examine capital formation, investor protection, and market integrity.

2016 Air & Space Law SymposiumAir & Space Law Symposium

March 10-12, 2016

In partnership with the Air Law Institute, California Western School of Law hosted the third annual Air & Space Law Symposium, bringing together aerospace industry leaders, practicing air and space attorneys, and legal scholars to address current and emerging issues in the field.

Enhancing Social Justice IncubatorsEnhancing Social Justice through the Development of Incubators and Residency Programs II

February 27-28, 2015

Building on the momentum from the first conference at Touro Law in April 2014, this conference described and advanced the phenomenal growth of postgraduate law programs and the new wave of affordable legal services for groups without access to legal resources.