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Attorney John Burris in conversation with Davey D Feb. 27

Black History Month events come to a close this week when renowned defense attorney John Burris makes an appearance at UCOP on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 12 to 1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room, sponsored by the Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO).

Burris will be interviewed by Davey D, syndicated talk show host and journalist. The two will discuss some of the landmark cases Burris’s practice has handled in recent years involving police misconduct, employment discrimination and criminal defense.

Burris earned his law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law and his MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Davey D earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Burris has also served for 25 years as a legal analyst on Fox, MSNBC, Court TV, CNN and other broadcast media.

BSFO also created the exhibit, now on display in the Franklin Lobby entrance, featuring notable black women from the UC community.

Black History Month originated in 1926 as Negro History Week, the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson, a historian, Harvard scholar and son of freed slaves whose goal was to raise awareness about African American culture and achievements. Since 1976 Black History Month has also commemorated the events around the African Diaspora.

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