The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference

Shaking the Foundations is a conference that brings together progressive legal minds from the West Coast and across the country to discuss present and future issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. The goal of Shaking the Foundations is to connect, inspire, and educate those who want to pursue public interest goals and careers.

6.5 hours of California CLE credit will be available for attending the conference.

Thank you to the speakers, attendees, and volunteers who made Shaking the Foundations a success!

2015 Keynote Speaker: Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has 14,000 worker members, 150 employer partners, and several thousand consumer members in 32 cities nationwide. The story of Saru and her co-founder’s work founding ROC has been chronicled in the book The Accidental American.

Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section (2005), named New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York City (2006), and one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” (2008). In 2014, Saru made CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women,” received the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award, and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.

She authored Behind the Kitchen Door, Cornell University Press, 2013, a national bestseller, and has appeared on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, Bill Moyers Journal and Tavis Smlley on PBS, Melissa Harris Perry and UP with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, the Today Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

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