"Color Coded Justice" Lecture at UC Berkeley School of Law by Vincent Warren


Add to My Calendar Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00am


CCR and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice invite you to join CCR Executive Director Vincent Warren for the 2014 Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Lecture on Access to Justice lecture titled, "Color Coded Justice."

The lecture will be followed by a reception honoring the Henderson Center Trailblazer for Justice Recipient Therese Stewart '81 and  Hon. Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize Recipient Maya Rupert '06.

What: Color Coded Justice Lecture at UC Berkeley School of Law
When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at  5:00 p.m.
Where: 100-Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law


Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and he oversees CCR's groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; challenging racial, gender and LGBT injustice; and combating the illegal expansion of U.S. presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantánamo Bay, rendition and torture.  Prior to his tenure at CCR, Warren was a national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he litigated civil rights cases, focusing on affirmative action, racial profiling and criminal justice reform.  Prior to the ACLU, Vince monitored South Africa's historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.

Therese Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney, City of San Francisco

Therese Stewart '81 is Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Franscisco. In this capacity, she defended Mayor Gavin Newsom's order authorizing same-sex unions at City Hall in In Re Marriage Cases. Prior to joining the city attorneys office, she was a litigation partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin.

Stewart has represented parties and amici in LGBT civil rights cases, including the airlines' challenge to San Francisco's Equal Benefits Ordinance, a lesbian police officer discrimination suit against the City of Sacramento, an early equal protection challenge to the State's denial of equal benefits to partners of lesbian and gay employees, and the High Tech Gays case challenging the Defense Department's denial of security clearances to lesbians and gay men.

Stewart served as the first openly gay President of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) as well as the first first Co-Chair of the BASF Committee on Sexual Orientation, which developed guidelines for legal employers on eliminating sexual orientation discrimination. She also co-founded BASF's School-To-College Program, which provides mentoring and guidance to inner city high school students to help them prepare for, select, and apply to college.

Therese Stewart is the co-author, along with Mollie M. Lee of The Role of Public Law Offices in Marriage Equality Litigation.

Maya Rupert, Policy Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Maya Rupert joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in 2010 to advance NCLR's federal policy and legislative priorities. Rupert's work includes advocacy in many areas including federal legislation and regulations on housing, family policy, health, and employment.

Rupert has also been a regular contributing writer to a number of media outlets-including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffington Post- where she frequently addresses the intersection of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. She has been recognized by national outlets like Ebony Magazine and The Root for being one of the most influential African-American leaders in the country.

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April 16, 2014