Diversity and Inclusion in Television

Course | November 14 | 6:30-9 p.m. | The Law Building, Room 145

 Erika Green Swafford, Writer, Performer, and Producer, Universal Television; Evangeline Ordaz-Molina, Attorney and Writing Fellow, ABC Disney

 Henry Robles, Writer

 Russell Robinson, Professor, Berkeley Law

 Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture

Wednesday, 11/14/18
Diversity and Inclusion in Television
Room 145, Berkeley Law
Roundtable Discussion: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Reception: 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Speakers: Erika Green Swafford, Evangeline Ordaz-Molina, and Henry Robles
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This roundtable discussion with several TV writers will consider the extent to which Hollywood workplace norms are evolving after #OscarsSo White and #MeToo.


Professor Russell Robinson
Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Robinson was Professor of Law at UCLA. Robinson graduated with honors from Harvard Law School (1998), after receiving his B.A. summa cum laude from Hampton University (1995). Robinson clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998-99) and for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court (2000-01). He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel (1999-2000) and the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Los Angeles, practicing entertainment law (2001-02).

Robinson’s scholarly and teaching interests include antidiscrimination law, race and sexuality, law and psychology, constitutional law, and media and entertainment law.


Erika Green Swafford
Erika Green is a writer, performer, and producer currently in development with Universal Television. Erika’s writing credits include NBC’s drama “New Amsterdam,” “Reverie,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” and “The Mentalist.” Erika began her career not in entertainment, but in the hospitality industry and after graduate school, joined Oxygen Network where she became an executive. Hailing from Houston by way of Washington, D.C. Erika is a storyteller who dances and teaches cooking classes in her spare time.

Evangeline Ordaz-Molina
Evangeline Ordaz-Molina is a UC Berkeley trained attorney who practiced public interest law before becoming a full time playwright, and writer for television and film. Evangeline is currently a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the Starz drama Vida and prior to Vida she wrote on the Netflix drama Seven Seconds and the BET drama In Contempt. She was also an ABC Disney Writing Fellow and a staff writer on the ABC television series EYES.

Henry Robles
Henry Robles began writing fiction at a young age and writing plays in college. He aspired to be a playwright working in the New York theater world, so naturally, after college he went to law school. After surviving law school and six years of practice at big firms in Los Angeles, Henry finally made the transition to writing for a living — not in the theater, but in television. He has written for crime procedurals like “Cold Case,” serialized thrillers like “Persons Unknown” and, more recently, the teen and family drama “Switched at Birth.” Currently, he is writing a one-hour drama for STARZ about a retired gay lucha libre wrestler and his improvised family of eccentrics and orphans, all of whom have talents bordering on the magical. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Stanford Law School.

This event is sponsored by the Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture.

 Berkeley, CA 94720, ccheng@law.berkeley.edu, 510-642-9919