October 27, 2023 - 8:30am PDT

California Constitutional Privacy at 50: Power of State Law and Promoting Racial Justice in the Digital Age

4th Annual BTLJ-BCLT Fall Symposium

The symposium will bring together leading academics and practitioners to explore the landscape of California’s constitutional right to privacy at age 50, highlight how the right is currently used to promote racial justice and other social progress, and discuss new creative and intersectional uses of state constitutional rights to privacy to defend and promote justice in the digital age. 

Movements for racial justice and broader civil rights are more critical today than ever. But in a digital world, our lives, and rights are increasingly shaped by the way technology is built and deployed. The importance of state constitutions to protect and promote rights has become even more salient given recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions – including Dobbs – and the reality of a federal judiciary that is increasingly hostile to civil rights. 

There is no cost to attend the event. There is a great line-up of academics and practitioners from California and around the country for the five panels, including EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn and Legislative Director Lee Tien. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will be giving the lunchtime keynote.

You can read more about the event and register for all or some of the day at https://www.law.berkeley.edu/research/bclt/bcltevents/4th-annual-btlj-bclt-fall-symposium/