Bergman Memorial Lecture: Seeking Equality in Our Schools-Mendez v. Westminster

Bergman Memorial Lecture: Seeking Equality in Our Schools-Mendez v. Westminster

Date and Time

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre & Rotunda

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




USD School of Law is holding a panel discussion and reception in honor of Mendez v. Westminster - a 1947 federal court case that challenged Mexican remedial schools in Orange County, California. In its ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in an en banc decision, held that the forced segregation of Mexican American students was unconstitutional and unlawful.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul J. McCormick ruled, "The equal protection of the laws pertaining to the public school system in California is not provided by furnishing in separate schools the same technical facilities, textbooks and courses of instruction to children of Mexican ancestry that are available to the other public school children regardless of their ancestry. A paramount requisite in the American system of public education is social equality. It must be open to all children by unified school association regardless of lineage." It was the first ruling in the U.S. in favor of school desegregation. 

This event is made possible by USD School of Law, Law Alumni Board of Directors, Office of Alumni Relations, Pardee Legal Research Center, and the Children's Advocacy Institute.

Schedule & Panelists

5:30 p.m. Doors Open
6 p.m. Mendez v. Westminster Panel Discussion

Panelists TBA

7:00 p.m.
Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine

Directions & Parking Information

Once you've reached campus, please enter campus from the west entrance (Marian Way) and make a left at the kiosk into the West Structure.

Visitors are required to display a valid permit Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are required to pay for parking on campus. Metered parking is available in multiple locations on campus but we recommend you park in the West Lot. You may take the tram to IPJ or walk up the hill. The tram runs about every 10-15 minutes. Rates for parking in the West Lot are as follows:

  • 30 minutes - $0.75
  • 1 Hour - $1.50
  • 2 Hours - $3.00
  • 4 Hours - $4.00
  • Full Day - $8.00
If you prefer to walk up the hill, IPJ is a five-minute uphill walk. The building is the first building to your right. 

MCLE: Materials & Suggested Readings (Coming Soon)

More information coming soon

Bergman Memorial Lecture on Women, Children and Human Rights

The Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture Series on Women, Children and Human Rights is the result of a from Dr. Barbara Yates, a longtime professor at the University of Illinois and a friend of the late Bergman. According to Dr. Yates, Bergman was “an ordinary citizen who chose to devote her professional life to public service. As a nursing administrator, public health educator, and family therapist, she developed an abiding interest in the human rights of common people, especially the plight of women and children, in a rapidly changing world.” This series is a lasting tribute to Bergman and an opportunity for USD students, faculty and staff, as well as interested members of the community, to hear distinguished lecturers speak about issues concerning women, children and human rights.

USD School of Law's Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) is California’s premiere academic, research, and advocacy organization seeking to improve the lives of children and youth, with special emphasis on improving the child protection and foster care systems and enhancing resources that are available to youth aging out of foster care. CAI seeks to leverage change for children and youth through impact litigation, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and public education.


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