SoCLASS V: Law & Legitimacy

Photo: LA Times/Claremont McKenna College

The Dreier Roundtable is honored to host the Fifth Annual Southern California Law and Social Science (SoCLASS) Forum with keynote speaker California Senate President Pro Tem, Kevin de León. Sponsored by the Dreier Roundtable and the CMC Government department, this year’s theme is “Law and Legitimacy.” A tumultuous election cycle fraught with accusations that undermine the very foundation of American institutions provides the ideal opportunity to explore questions of authority and justice in our constitutional order. The forum will feature several panels of distinguished scholars with the opportunity to examine questions of law, public policy making, regulation, and legal and political institutions through a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Claremont McKenna College

888 Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA

8:30 – 8:45 a.m., Welcome and Opening Remarks — Freeburg Forum, Kravis Center


8:45 – 10:00 a.m., Panel I — Law and Legitimacy: Challenges to the Old Order  — Freeburg Forum, Kravis Center

Chair: Amanda Hollis-Brusky, Pomona College

Discussant: Jennifer Merolla, UC Riverside


  • John Cioffi, UC Riverside: “Conflicts of Interest and the Foundations of Systemic Crisis: The Dynamics of Political Economic and Legal Legitimacy Crises in the Age of Neoliberal Finance Capitalism”
  • Andrea Cann Chandrasekher, UC Davis Law: “Contract Status and Labor Unrest”
  • Adam Feldman, USC Law: “Echoes From a Gendered Court: Examining the Justices’ Interactions During Supreme Court Oral Arguments”

10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Panel II — Law and Legitimacy Across Venues — Freeburg Forum, Kravis Center

Chair: Zachary Courser, Claremont McKenna College

Discussant: Eric Helland, Claremont McKenna College


  • Jeb Barnes, USC: “Framed?: A Natural Experiment on Media Coverage of Judicialization”
  • Andy Sinclair, CMC: “The Policy Process for Public Managers: Rules for Everybody”
  • Jordan Carr Peterson, USC: “Separated Institutions Sharing Interests: Interbranch Trust and Investment-Oriented Judicial Deference to Administrative Policy”

11:45 – 12:10 p.m., Luncheon and CMC Welcome — Security Pacific Dining Room, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

12:10 – 1:15 p.m., Keynote Address: “Law and Legitimacy: Legal and Policy Innovation in California” by California Senate President Pro Tem, Kevin de León — Security Pacific Dining Room, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum


1:45 – 3:00 p.m., Panel III — Law and Legitimacy in Health Policy — Freeburg Forum, Kravis Center

Chair: Rachel VanSickle-Ward, Pitzer College

Discussant: Ivy Cargile, CSU Bakersfield


  • Shanna Rose, Claremont McKenna College: “Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, and Policy Feedback”
  • Josh Wilson, University of Denver: “The New States of Abortion Politics”
  • Thad Kousser, UCSD: “Politics and Prosperity: Comparative Development of the American States, 1840-2010”

3:15 – 4:45 p.m., Panel IV — Law and Legitimacy: Regulation and Reform — Freeburg Forum, Kravis Center

Chair: Ken Miller, Claremont McKenna College

Discussant: Graeme Boushey, UC Irvine


  • Abby Wood, USC Law: “Measuring the Information Benefits of Campaign Finance Disclosures”
  • Justin Levitt, CSU Long Beach: “The Effect of the California Voting Rights Act on Non-White Representation”
  • Jacqueline Vokoun Duran, UC Berkeley:  “Encouraging the ‘Gut and Amend’ Procedure”
  • Ernesto Hernandez-Lopez, Chapman Law: “Food, Animals, and the Constitution: California Bans on Foie Gras, Shark Fins, and Eggs”

In addition to the presenters, researchers from the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy will be in attendance. The Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy is an undergraduate journal published by students of the Claremont Colleges.