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The Price of Rights: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Price of Rights: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage
5:00 to 6:30 PM, SBSG 1517

Constitutional rights are declared, enlarged, and protected only when real people make the personal decision to stand up to government injustice, notwithstanding the cost of doing so.  This fact is often lost in the study of constitutional law, where the rights claimant disappears in judicial decisions that are broadly conceived.  This panel seeks to bring the individual back into the equation by focusing on those who have acted on the courage of their convictions, bearing personal cost in the quest for greater constitutional protection for all. The panelists include:

Judy Branfman, Research Affiliate, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA
Documentary Filmmaker, “The Land of Orange Groves and Jails”
Stromberg v. California (1931)

Robert M. Nelson, Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Lead Plaintiff, NASA et al. v. Nelson et al. (2011)

Benito Acosta, UCI Alumnus, Criminology, Law and Society, Class of 2010
Acosta v. Costa Mesa (2009)

Moderator: Donna Schuele, Lecturer, UCI, Criminology, Law and Society

A flyer for the event can be found here.