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Bakke at 40: Diversity, Difference and Doctrine

Event Date
King Hall Room 1001

Bakke at 40: Diversity, Difference and Doctrine

Friday October 26, 2018 8:30AM - 6:00PM, King Hall Room 1001

UC Davis Law Review Symposium, Volume 52

Videos are now available on the UC Davis School of Law Symposia page.

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 438 U.S. 265 (1978) was decided by the Supreme Court forty years ago. This case, which arose out of University of California, Davis, contributed to reshaping admission practices at universities across the United States. Further, ramifications of Justice Powell's diversity rationale have extended beyond the context of education to other areas like employment and the workplace. Forty years later, the United States still remains divided over race and responses to racial injustice. This Symposium examines the past history of Bakke and the line of cases dealing with race in higher education. It articulates the present challenges universities, employers, and states face regarding diversity. Lastly, it explores what avenues remain for the future to promote racial equity and what racial equity truly means and requires.


The event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend.

Contact us with any questions at (530) 754-7644 or

Faculty Advisors

Professor Brian Soucek
Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
(530) 752-4932

Professor Jonathan Glater
Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law
(949) 824-3710

Principal Staff

Caitlin Hoffman
Senior Symposium Editor
UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 52
(479) 461-1494

Shera Kwak
Senior Symposium Editor
UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 52
(714) 469-7112