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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dean’s Movie Night to Feature Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice

Professor and former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Cruz Reynoso has dedicated his life to public service, championing the underdog in civil rights, immigration and refugee policy, government reform, and legal services for the poor. Abby Ginzberg has been producing and directing award-winning documentary films since 1983.

The two will be at Yale Law School on Tuesday evening, March 22, for a Dean’s Movie Night screening of the documentary Ginzberg produced about Reynoso titled Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice. The film will be shown at 6:15 p.m. in Room 127 and will be followed by a discussion with Reynoso, Ginzberg, and Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77. The event is sponsored by the Dean’s Office and is open to the entire Yale community. Refreshments will be provided. RSVPs to law.studentaffairs@yale.edu with your Yale affiliation would be appreciated. Walk-ins also welcome.

Cruz Reynoso is Professor of Law Emeritus at the UC Davis School of Law and former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Sowing the Seeds of Justice paints a portrait of Reynoso as a man who felt the sting of injustice as a child and who later, as a lawyer, judge, and teacher, fought for more than five decades to eradicate discrimination and inequality for all. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifelong devotion to public service and of the UC Davis Medal of Honor, the highest tribute bestowed by the school.

Abby Ginzberg started her career as an attorney, teaching and practicing law for ten years before switching to film production. Her work has focused on character-driven stories, racial and gender discrimination, and social justice issues and has been shown in film and video festivals and broadcast on public television networks nationally and internationally. She is currently working on a film about Albie Sachs, a South African anti-apartheid lawyer and activist who just completed a 15 year term on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.