Maya Harris is the Spring 2007 Visiting Practitioner and Social Justice Monday Speaker on Monday, March 19, 2007. She will be speaking about "Social Justice Lawyering: Race, Criminal Justice, and Civil Rights Advocacy" from noon – 1:00 p.m. in Bannan Hall, Room 139. Pizza will be provided. Limited space is available for lunch with Ms. Harris following her talk.
Maya Harris is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Stanford Law School. In October 2006 she took the helm as Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California, a statewide leader on civil rights and civil liberties issues. As the head of the 72-year-old organization, she oversees the work of 50 staff members. With 55,000 members, the ACLU—NC is the largest affiliate in the nation.
Ms. Harris joined the ACLU-NC in 2003 as Director of the affiliate’s Racial Justice Project. In 2005, she became the Associate Director, developing and implementing the ACLU-NC’s priority campaigns and overseeing the Policy Department, including work in the areas of racial justice, police practices and the death penalty. Ms. Harris is the first African-American to lead the ACLU-NC and the first South Asian executive director of an ACLU affiliate.
She has also served as Dean of Lincoln Law School of San Jose. Ms. Harris has also taught as an adjunct law professor at several Bay Area law schools and worked in civil litigation at the San Francisco law firm of Jackson Tufts Cole & Black, LLP.
There will also be a wine and cheese reception on Monday, March 19 in the Strong Common Room in Bergin Hall. The reception is co-sponsored with PI&SJ Coalition, Women and Law, BLSA and ACLU at SCU. Ms. Harris will have office hours in Heafey 223, on Monday, March 19th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-551-1720 to sign up to meet with Ms. Harris for office hours or lunch.