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National social justice conference held at College of Law

March 28, 2013

The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law are hosting the second annual People's Law Conference, April 5-6. The national conference, co-organized by the Bertha Social Justice Institute of the Center for Constitutional Rights, is open to the public and free for registered participants ($10 at the door).

The conference’s theme—“Occupy Lawyering”—invites law students and practitioners to focus on being lawyers for social justice and occupying legal spaces with social justice principles and practices. Loyola law professor Bill Quigley, J.D. ’77, director of the law clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, along with Loyola law professors Christine E. Cerniglia ’98, J.D. ’03, and Davida Finger, J.D., will moderate the sessions April 5.

Training sessions include:

  • How to start a small, justice-centered private practice;
  • How to collaborate with movements, organizations and individuals to address small- and large-scale injustices;
  • Social justice organizing 101; and
  • The role lawyers can play in organizing work.

The conference will also feature a social justice tour of New Orleans April 6, focused on sites related to the criminal justice system, public housing, health care, education, the effects of the flood following Hurricane Katrina, and some of the local social justice organizations.

For more information or to register, e-mail peopleslawconference@gmail.com.

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