April 11, 2014 – April 12, 2014 all-day
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$100.00 ea.
Sandra Vega, Center for Social Justice Program Coordinator

Law and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Seven hours total MCLE credit available, including one hour credit for Elimination of Bias

In compliance with the ADA/504, please direct your accommodations request to the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at (408) 551-1720 or (800) 735-2929 (TTY – California Relay) at least two weeks prior to event.

The daily news decries the state of legal education—too much debt, too many lawyers, no jobs for graduates. These discussions rarely mention that low-income people need more lawyers or that the field of social justice law provides opportunities for law grads to follow the passions that brought them to law school, including serving others and seeking justice.

This conference provides a forum for practitioners, academics, and students to consider the current state of social justice law against the backdrop of this national conversation about legal education. Morning sessions will focus on social justice law theory and afternoon sessions will concentrate on different ways to practice and fund social justice law.

This conference also provides an opportunity to remember and honor John Calmore (1945-2009) (center), a fierce warrior for social justice, whose teaching and practice inspire us all. With Martha Mahoney and Stephanie Wildman , John co-authored Social Justice: Professionals, Communities, and Law 2d (2013). This conference celebrates the publication of that second edition as well as two  new books: (1) Scott Cummings and Alan Chen, Public Interest Lawyering: A Contemporary Perspective (2012) and (2) Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore, Ezra Rosser, and Jeffrey Selbin, Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (forthcoming 2014).


Our keynote address will be delivered by Catharine Wells, Professor of Law and Law School Fund Research Scholar at Boston  College Law  School. She is a nationally recognized expert on pragmatism and its relationship to American legal theory.

Speaker Bios:

Margalynne ArmstrongMargalynne Armstrong is a Professor at Santa Clara Law. She publishes in the areas of housing, racial discrimination, comparative and constitutional law. She serves on the boards of several community organizations. Prior to joining Santa Clara Law, Armstrong practiced public employment law, served as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County, and directed the Academic Support Program at Boalt Hall. While she attended U.C Berkeley, she served as associate editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly.

wpid-cain-patricia6Pat Cain is a Professor at Santa Clara Law.   She is a national expert in federal tax law and sexuality and the law. She has published numerous law review articles, essays, and book reviews on various topics, including federal taxation of installment sales (Wisconsin Law Review), tort law (Michigan Law Review), the role of judges (University of Southern California Law Review), and feminist legal theory (Georgia Law Review and University of Iowa Law Review). Her area of specialization is taxation and estate planning for same-sex couples and she frequently lectures on this topic at state and national continuing legal education programs. She is the co-author, with Professor Arthur S. Leonard, of one of the leading casebooks for Sexuality and the Law courses, Sexuality Law, 2nd edition (2009). She is also the author of Rainbow Rights, The Role of Lawyers and Courts in the Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights Movement (2000).

Professor Cain began her law teaching career at the University of Texas in 1974, where she was a member of the faculty for 17 years. She then joined the law faculty at the University of Iowa, where she held the Aliber Family Chair in Law and served as Interim Provost of the University and later as Vice Provost. She has been a member of the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty since 2007.

Kim Case Kim Case is Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, Director of the Teaching-Learning Enhancement Center, and Director of the Applied Social Issues Psychology Master’s sub-plan at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her pedagogical research addresses diversity-course effectiveness, LGBTQ inclusive classroom practices, and teaching for social justice. Her book, Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning as Allies in the Classroom (2013), focuses on pedagogical strategies for teaching about privilege in college classrooms. In 2012, she guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues focusing on privilege studies with emphasis on psychological processes, intersections of identity, and interventions. Her research on prejudice confrontation, ally behavior, and social influence investigates dominant group responses to prejudice (i.e., anti-gay, anti-transgender, anti-Arab comments) within various social contexts. She was awarded the UHCL President’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award and the Alumni Association Outstanding Professor Award.

Robert ChangRobert Chang is Professor of Law and the founding director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law.  A graduate of Princeton and Duke Universities, he writes primarily in the area of critical race theory. He is the author of Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law, and the Nation-State (1999) as well as numerous articles, essays, and book chapters. He was one of the primary authors of an amicus brief signed onto by 63 Asian American organizations in the Marriage Cases before the California Supreme Court. He has received numerous recognitions for his scholarship and service, including the Clyde Ferguson Award, given by the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Alan ChenAlan Chen is the Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and a Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. His teaching and scholarship interests focus on constitutional law and remedies, freedom of speech, and social change lawyering. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Rights. Since joining the Denver faculty in 1992, Professor Chen has received awards for excellence in teaching, his contributions to the DU law review, and his pro bono legal work. From 1987 to 1992, Professor Chen was a civil liberties attorney with the ACLU’s Chicago office. Immediately before that, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Chen received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1985 and his B.A. with High Honors in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University in 1982.

Chris Daley Chris Daley is Deputy Executive Director at Just Detention. He is a founder and the inaugural Director of California’s Transgender Law Center, a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary agency working to end discrimination and harassment of transgender people and their families. While at the law center, he helped to create and implement wide ranging, innovative programs to change laws and institutions for the better. He has also worked on issues of immigrants’ rights, ending homelessness, public benefits advocacy, HIV education and prevention, and abuse of police power.

Marc Tizoc-GonzalezMarc-Tizoc González is Assistant Professor of Law at St. Thomas University, School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of property, poverty, social justice lawyering and Latina & Latino Critical Legal Theory. He is a co-author of the American Bar Association report, Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Next Steps, and a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Latino/a Law, Politics and Social Movements. As an attorney, he worked at the Alameda County Homeless Action Center, where he represented individuals seeking federal disability and state welfare benefits and to dismiss infraction citations associated with being mentally disabled and/or homeless. He is the treasurer of LatCrit, Inc. (the organization of Latina & Latino Critical Legal Theory) and serves on the alumni advisory board of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, (where he previously served as an editor-in-chief).

James Head James W. Head is vice president of programs at The San Francisco Foundation and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of community and economic development. Previously, he served as president of the National Economic Development and Law Center for 18 years. His past and present affiliations and community service include the community advisory board of Union Bank of California, member and past board president of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association; board member and past board president of Northern California Grantmakers, board member of the National Center for Youth Law, and past board member of the Neighborhood Funders Group; as well as adjunct professor of law at U.C. Hastings, U.C. Berkeley (Boalt) and Santa Clara Law. He is currently a Commissioner for the Port of Oakland, a position of appointment by the Mayor and City Council. He has also formerly served as an advisor to the 2001 Race Commission in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a member and chair of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, and was a founding board member of the California Community Economic Development Lending Initiative.

herrera-ALuz E. Herrera is Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, where she directs the Small Business Law Center. During the 2013-14 academic year, she is a Visiting Clinical Professor at U.C. Irvine School of Law in the Consumer Protection Clinic, which was established to help the California Monitor enforce a $25 billion national mortgage settlement. Before entering academia, she ran a solo law practice in Compton, California. She founded Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides low and moderate-income people access to affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for attorneys and law students in underserved communities. She chairs the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibility.  She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Marina HsiehMarina Hsieh is a Senior Fellow who teaches and works on Santa Clara Law’s leadership education initiative.  She founded and directed the Academic & Professional Development Department from 2005-11.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara law faculty, Hsieh taught at the law schools of the University of Maryland, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, USF, Columbia, and New York University. Before joining the world of academia, she was a civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. in New York City. Hsieh has clerked for Hon. Louis Pollak, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Hon. John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court of the United States.

Brad Jacklin Brad Jacklin is Executive Director at the LGBT Equality Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives, where he staffs and advises LGBT Members of Congress in the House on legislation and matters impacting LGBT people and their families. He has a decade of experience in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy at the national and local levels. Prior to joining the Equality Caucus, he worked with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, DC where he directed the organization’s federal administrative agency policy work to change how the federal government sees, interacts with, and serves LGBT people and their families. In the past, he has held positions with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA and Washington, D’s Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Kim Klein Kim Klein is a  consultant with Klein & Roth Consulting, which helps organizations build mission-driven  fundraising programs, providing practical, hands-on advice, grounded in social  justice values. An internationally known speaker and author, Klein has a wide  range or nonprofit experience, and she is the author of five books including  her most recent, Reliable  Fundraising in Unreliable Times, which won the McAdam Book Award in  2010. Her other books include Fundraising  for Social Change, now in its sixth edition, which is widely used in the  field and in university degree programs; Fundraising  for the Long Haul; Ask and You Shall Receive; and Fundraising in Times of Crisis. She is the series editor of  the Kim Klein Fundraising Series at Jossey Bass Publishers and a member of the  Building Movement Project where she works on a project called Nonprofits Talking Taxes. She is a Fellow with On the Commons and blogs at kimkleinandthecommons.blogspot.com. She has provided training and consultation in all 50 United States, five  Canadian provinces, and 21 other countries. She is a lecturer at the School of  Social Welfare at the U.C Berkeley, and has served as guest faculty at the Haas  School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and Concordia University in Montreal. She co-founded the Grassroots Fundraising  Journal in 1981 and was its publisher for 25 years.

deanDean Kloppenberg is a well-known expert in constitutional law and Appropriate Dispute Resolution. She is the co-author of a popular text teaching law students to be effective advocates in negotiation and mediation. Previous to being appointed Dean in 2013, Kloppenberg served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Dayton (2001-2011) where she received national recognition for championing curricular reform and creating the first accelerated five-semester law degree in the nation. She also diversified the faculty, emphasized student services, and fostered a renewed student commitment to service.

A West Coast native, Kloppenberg received her law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center where she was editor-in-chief of the law review.  After graduation, Kloppenberg clerked for Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She then became an attorney with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in Washington, D.C. where she was involved with litigation, arbitration, and mediation of a variety of domestic and international disputes.

 Kloppenberg returned to the West Coast to teach at the University of Oregon School of Law where she served as a faculty member for nearly 10 years. She pursued her interest in constitutional issues and dispute resolution. She also co-founded and directed the school’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program.

wpid-love-jean6 Jean Love is a Professor at Santa Clara Law. She is well-known for her extensive publications; she has authored two books, co-authored several casebooks, and written numerous law review articles and book reviews. Prior to joining the Santa Clara University School of Law, Professor Love taught at the University of Texas, UCLA, U.C. Davis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Iowa, where she served as the Martha-Ellen Tye Distinguished Professor of Law. Throughout her career she has served on numerous committees, including the American Association of University Professors, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and the Association of American Law Schools.

Martha Mahoney Martha R. Mahoney is Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, at the University of Miami School of Law. She has published and lectured widely in the fields of domestic violence and race and development. She teaches courses in property and land use, criminal law, race and urban development, and public interest law.


DMW.2013Deborah Moss-West has been Assistant Director at the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara University School of Law since fall 2008. The Center provides students with a legal education that instills a commitment to social justice, public interest, and public service. She is a lecturer for the law school and undergraduate program teaching public interest and social justice courses.

Prior to joining Santa Clara Law, Ms. Moss-West worked at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) for eight years, serving as Deputy Director and Development Officer.  Ms. Moss-West was a frequent contributor to EBCLC’s clinical companion course, Community Law Practice, taught at Berkeley Law. During her career, Ms. Moss-West held various positions at Allstate Insurance Company and AT&T in the areas of Human Resources, Civil Litigation, and Contracting. Ms. Moss-West has served on non-profit boards, volunteers in her community, and was appointed to the State Bar’s California Commission on Access to Justice in 2013.

john a. powell john a. powell is Professor of Law; Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies; Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion; Director, Haas Diversity Research Center (HDRC) at U.C. Berkeley. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He was recently the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and held the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law. He has written extensively on a number of issues including structural racism, racial justice and regionalism, concentrated poverty and urban sprawl, opportunity based housing, voting rights, affirmative action in the United States, South Africa and Brazil, racial and ethnic identity, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of citizens in a democratic society. He is the author of several books, including his most recent work, Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society (2012).

Bernida Reagan Bernida Reagan is the Director of Community and Client Relations at the firm of Merriwether Williams Insurance Services, where she designs, implements and evaluates policies and programs to expand business and employment opportunities for local residents and local businesses. She has provided oversight for the revision of the Local Business Ordinance in Richmond California, helped design bonding and finance programs throughout the state, and is currently helping to develop a comprehensive Community Benefits Program for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Bernida served as Director of Social Responsibility for the Port of Oakland from 2002-2007, where she was responsible for development and implementation of policies and programs to maximize the utilization of small, local, woman- and minority-owned businesses seeking to do business with the Port of Oakland. She has participated in numerous task forces and policy groups to review, evaluate and design programs and policies to maximize the utilization of small, local and minority businesses, including the advisory board for the Cal State East Bay Small Business Development Center, Cypress Mandela Training Center, the Oakland Private Industry Council, and Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. She has also taught community economic development courses at Boalt Hall Law School and Hastings Law School and frequently lectures on issues of civil rights, economics justice and business development.

Patricia Shiu Patricia A. Shiu is the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, a worker protection agency at the U.S. Department of Labor, which is responsible for enforcing the civil rights of the nearly one-quarter of American workers who are employed by or seek jobs with federal contractors and subcontractors. She also serves on the National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force, which has been charged by President Barack Obama with cracking down on violations of equal pay laws and closing the pay gap. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, She served as Vice President for Programs at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco where spent 26 years representing workers in both individual and class action cases focused on employment discrimination. Ms. Shiu began her legal career as an associate with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco. She was the President of California Women Lawyers in 1987. In 1993, she was appointed to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority for the Department of Education by Secretary Richard Riley. (NOTE: This information is for identification purposes only and does not indicate an endorsement by the DOL of this program.)


Jeffrey Selbin is a Clinical Professor of Law; Faculty Director, East Bay Community Law Center; Executive Committee Member, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.  He founded EBCLC’s HIV/AIDS Law Project in 1990 as a Skadden Fellow, and served as EBCLC’s Executive Director from 2002 through 2006. During the 2010-11 academic year, Selbin was a visiting clinical professor at Yale Law School. He currently directs EBCLC’s Policy Advocacy Clinic. Selbin is active in local and national clinical legal education and anti-poverty efforts. From 2004-2006, Selbin served on the California State Bar Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, dedicated to improving and increasing access to justice for low-income Californians.

Selbin’s research interests include clinical education and community lawyering, with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches. Recent publications include The Clinic Lab Office in the Wisconsin Law Review (2013 with Jeanne Charn); Service Delivery, Resource Allocation and Access to Justice in the Yale Law Journal Online (2012 with Jeanne Charn, Anthony Alfieri and Stephen Wizner); Access to Evidence in The Center for American Progress (2011 with Josh Rosenthal and Jeanne Charn); The Clinic Effect in the Clinical Law Review (2009 with Rebecca Sandefur); and From “The Art of War” to “Being Peace”: Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in a Neoliberal Age in the California Law Review (2007 with Angela Harris and Margaretta Lin).

Catharine WellsCatharine Wells is a Professor of Law and Law School Fund Research Scholar at Boston College Law School, where she teaches and writes in various areas of legal theory, including Pragmatic Legal Theory, Feminist Jurisprudence and Civil Rights Theory. Prof. Wells has taught at a number of law schools including those at the University of Southern California, Stanford University, the University of Arizona and the University of Utah. Her law review articles have been published in many journals including the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law ReviewUniversity of Southern California Law Review, and the Northwestern Law Journal. Her current work in progress is a book on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Prior to entering law teaching, Prof. Wells served as an Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Division of Public Charities for the state of Massachusetts. In the area of charities law, she has a national reputation based upon her service as past President of the National Association of State Charities Officials, as an advisor to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service with respect to Non-Profit Organizations; and as a participant in many panels and symposia on non-profit law. Professor Wells received her law degree Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. She also earned an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Her undergraduate degree was received from Wellesley College.

Stephanie M. WildmanStephanie M. Wildman is John A. and Elizabeth Sutro Professor of Law and Director, Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara Law. She writes extensively in the areas of social justice, race, gender and the law. Her book, Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America, (with contributions by Margalynne Armstrong, Adrienne D. Davis, & Trina Grillo) won the 1997 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Meyers Center for Human Rights. Wildman was the founding director of the Center for Social Justice at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to joining Santa Clara Law faculty, She taught for 25 years at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she is a professor emerita. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Davis School of Law, Hastings College of the Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, and Stanford Law School. Before entering academia, she clerked for Judge Charles M. Merrill of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and worked as a staff attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance.

Eric WrightEric Wright is Professor at Santa Clara Law. He and wife, Santa Clara Law Professor Nancy Wright, helped to found and were the initial co-directors of what is now the Alexander Law Center. They were also the co-founders and initial co-directors of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara. Throughout his career, Eric has provided pro bono services on a variety of issues from jail conditions, to fair housing, to consumer cases.  He has received a number of awards for his pro bono efforts, including one from the State Bar of California. He is currently an Ex Officio member of the California Commission on Access to Justice. For many years he served on the Executive Committee of the Commission and was the founding Chair of the Administrative Agency Subcommittee.  He was also the Co-Chair of the Right to Counsel Committee.  He has also been active in the nationwide Right to Counsel Coalition. In addition, he is on the Board of the Watsonville Law Center, serving on its Executive Committee.  He co-counsels, on a pro bono basis, consumer cases for the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center and has helped to secure several cy pres awards for the Center.

Nancy WrightNancy Wright is a Professor at Santa Clara Law.  With her husband, Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Wright, Nancy was co-founder and original co-director of both the Katherine and George Alexander Law Center and the Center for Social Justice and Public Service. They also co-founded and were the first co-administrators of the Trina Grillo Public Interest Retreat. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School on numerous occasions, co-teaching, with her husband, Stanford’s Public Interest Practice Seminar. In 2005, the Eric and Nancy Wright Chair in Clinical Law was established at Stanford Law School.  It is believed to be the first time that a Chair was endowed at one law school in honor of professors at another law school. A former Juvenile Probation Officer, Nancy is the author of several articles focusing on the rights of children and is the former Chair and Treasurer of Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), an organization working with at-risk youth.

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Conference Schedule

NOTE: Conference details are still being finalized. Names in bold are  confirmed.

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental breakfast

8:45 a.m.

Welcome: Dean Lisa Kloppenberg
Stephanie M. Wildman

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Overview: Teaching and Learning Law and Social Justice
Moderator: Patricia Cain

The publication of two casebooks in the area of social justice  law marks the significance of theory to teaching the next generation of practitioners. Students and practitioners learn from past social justice  struggles and also theorize new strategies to provide legal support to  marginalized, subordinated, and underrepresented clients and causes. This panel explores the role of theory in informing social justice practice. Panelists include: Alan Chen, Martha Mahoney, john powell, Jeffrey Selbin

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 – 12:15 a.m.

Pedagogy of Privilege and Discrimination
Moderator: Marina Hsieh  

Lawyers representing marginalized, subordinated,  and underrepresented clients often do not share the same lived experiences  across the multiple socially significant identity categories that impact their  clients. How can lawyers gain the knowledge to successfully connect with  clients across these lines of difference and sameness? Panelists include: Margalynne Armstrong, Kim  Case, Bob Chang, Marc-Tizoc Gonzáles

12:15 p.m.

Pick up box lunches and reconvene by 12:30 for  Keynote Address

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Catharine Wells,Theorizing  Injustice”
Introduced by Jean Love

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Finding and Funding Your Social Justice Practice: Starting a Practice or a Non-Profit
Moderator: Nancy Wright

Finding a job is hard; would creating that job  be a better alternative?  How does one  start a non-profit or a social justice-oriented private law practice?  What do potential funders look for in  assessing whether to help? What challenges face job creators and what resources  are available? Panelists include: Chris Daly, James Head, Kim Klein, Bernida Reagan

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Representing  Clients, Representing Issues
Moderator: Deborah Moss-West

Clients seeking social justice lawyers face challenges  accessing those lawyers. How can lawyers help clients find them and facilitate  making legal services available? Social justice lawyers represent individual  clients and sometimes community groups or broader interests. How does the practice  differ when representing a client versus a group or the government? Panelists  include: Luz Herrera, Brad Jacklin, Patricia Shiu, Eric Wright

4:45 p.m.


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