A Virtual Coffee Chat with Judge Dennis Landín ('77)

Judge Landín received a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College in
1977 and a law degree from UCLA in 1980. Immediately after law school he worked as
a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach and in 1982 joined the
Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California. During his
20 year career there he handled ever type of federal criminal case both at the trial and
appellate level. From 1992 until he left that office, he held the title of Chief Assistant

Perspectives from the Field

Katelyn Rowe ('13) participated in the Rebellious Lawyering and Oxy-at-the-UN Programs. After graduating in 2013, Katelyn served as a JusticeCorps volunteer and assisted self-represented litigants in navigating small claims court. Katelyn then attended UCLA School of Law and graduated with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. As an attorney, Katelyn worked as a Commercial Litigation & Disputes Associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where she worked primarily on two impactful pro bono immigration cases, Chhoeun v. Marin and Ramos v. Nielsen.

Boren Scholarship Info Session

The Boren Scholarship Program provides funding for undergraduate study abroad programs to study less commonly taught languages in world regions deemed critical to U.S. security, including Africa, Asia, Central and European Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Funding recipients agree to work for the federal government after graduation for one year in an area related to national security.

Cognitive Science Speaker: Dr. Dana Miller-Cotto

Using the Integrative Theory as our framework, the current study investigated whether the context of family (social position, cultural adaptation, and structure) was consistent for 5 to 6-year-old Asian-American (n = 1, 926), Black (n= 1, 211), and Latino kindergarten children (n = 3,637) and whether malleable family practices predict mathematics performance and executive function.

Prof. Brandon Shimoda: a poetry reading

About Brandon Shimoda

Brandon Shimoda is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently The Grave on the Wall (City Lights, 2019), which received the PEN Open Book Award, The Desert (The Song Cave, 2018), and Evening Oracle (Letter Machine Editions, 2015), which received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is the curator of the Hiroshima Library at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and is currently writing a book on the afterlife of Japanese American incarceration.

History Speaker Series: Dr. Maurice S. Crandall

For many who uphold values of democratic inclusion, the vote is seen as the "gold standard" of civil rights. Numerous movements throughout the history of the United States have fought for full enfranchisement. But what if the act of voting endangers community sovereignty and self-government? This talk will explore how Pueblo Indians in New Mexico during the territorial period (1846–1912) fought against colonial mandates by the United States, rejecting voting and U.S. citizenship in favor of self-determination.