UC-Berkeley: Canceling Cancel Culture

University of California, Berkeley

UC-Berkeley: “Canceling Cancel Culture”


On November 4, 2021, the Public Law and Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley, along with the Federalist Society and the Pacific Research Institute, will be hosting the Honorable Janice Rogers Brown for a discussion of cancel culture in America:

Cancel culture has swept American universities, workplaces, and cultural institutions. Does it censor unpopular views or is it a legitimate response to violence and threats? In this address, Judge Janice Rogers Brown examines cancel culture’s origins, criticizes its spread, and calls for a renewed devotion to free speech.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 • 6:30 PM PDT
The University Club of San Francisco

Registration fee: $50
Free admission for university students

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Judge Janice Rogers Brown was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2005. From 1996 to 2005, she was an Associate Judge of the California Supreme Court. Previously, she served as an Associate Justice of the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento and as the Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Pete Wilson. The Legal Affairs Office monitored all significant state litigation and had general responsibility for supervising departmental counsel and acting as legal liaison between the Governor’s office and executive departments. Her diverse duties there ranged from analyses of administration policy, court decisions and pending legislation, to advice on clemency and extradition.

Prior to joining Governor Wilson’s senior staff, Judge Brown was an associate at Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, a government and political law firm. Before joining the firm, Brown served as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel for the state’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, working primarily with business regulatory departments. She came to BT&H after eight years in the Attorney General’s Office, where she worked in both the criminal appellate and civil trial divisions. She also worked for two years for the Legislative Counsel and previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

Brown served as a member of the Independent Advisory Board to the Institute for Legislative Practice at the McGeorge School of Law, and is a former member of the Judicial Council of California, having served on the Judgeship Needs Advisory Committee and the 2020 Vision Commission on the Future of the California Courts. She chaired California’s White Collar Crime Task Force and is affiliated with the American Judges Association, the American Judicature Society and the Federalist Society. She also sits on the Board of Regents for both Pepperdine University and the University of the Pacific.

She retired from the bench in 2017.

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The School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. It is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation. The law school has produced leaders in law, government, and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, American civil rights activist Pauli Murray, California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, president and founder of the Equal Justice Society Eva Paterson, United States Northern District of California Judge Thelton Henderson, and Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese.

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