Second Annual People's Law Conference

The Bertha Social Justice Institute of the Center for Constitutional Rights is proud to co-organize the second annual People's Law Conference in New Orleans.

Join fellow law students and practitioners to learn and think together about how we can Occupy Lawyering - both by being lawyers for social justice, and by occupying legal spaces with social justice principles and practices. This year's Conference will occur at Loyola Law School with valuable training sessions including:
  • How to start a small, justice-centered private practice
  • How to collaborate with movements, organizations, and individuals to address small and large scale injustice
  • Social justice organizing 101
  • Role lawyers can play in organizing work
Livestream of the conference can be viewed here.
The Conference will also feature a riverside barbecue and a social justice tour of the city of New Orleans, focused on sites related to the criminal justice system, public housing, healthcare, education, the effects of the flood, and some of the local organizations fighting daily for a more just New Orleans.
What: Second Annual People's Law Conference
When: Friday and Saturday April 5-6, 2013
Where: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Register: This conference is FREE for law students who register in advance ($10 at the door). Email
*Meals will be provided
More detailed information below:
Friday, April 5
Surviving and Thriving in a Social Justice-Centered Private Practice - Friday, April 5, 9:30 - 11:00 am

Hear from local attorneys who are building and sustaining their own private practices in fields such as civil rights, criminal defense, fair housing, and other social justice arenas. Learn how to center the justice issues you care about in your own practice, while also managing to pay the bills, feed yourself, and live the kind of life you want to live, surrounded by allies and collaborators who share your goals.

Panelists include: John Williams, Kristen Rome, John Adcock, Stephen Haedicke
Moderator: Assistant Clinical Professor Christine Cerniglia Brown, Coordinator of Skills and Experiential Learning, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Community Lawyering: Working with Communities and Organizations toward Community Empowerment and Systemic Change - Friday, April 5, 1 - 3pm

New Orleans and the Deep South have a rich tradition of transformative justice work led by those most affected by injustice. Community lawyers discuss the roles they play (and don't play) in members-led justice struggles in areas including immigrant's rights, fair housing, environmental justice, police accountability, and the decriminalization of marginalized communities.

Panelists include: Colette Pichon-Battle (Moving Forward Gulf Coast), Meena Jagannath (Florida Legal Services), Chuck Elsesser (Community Justice Project, Florida Legal Services)
Facilitator: Assistant Clinical Professor Davida FingerStuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice
Community Organizing: How to "Get in Where you Fit in" - Friday, April 5, 3:30 - 5:30pm

Local community organizers discuss how their organizations identify and organize around critical justice issues, and the specific ways in which lawyers contribute and sometimes distract and detract from community and organizational goals and strategies. In courtrooms and press conferences where judges and reporters frequently turn to those with law degrees to address the issues, these organizers help us understand how lawyers can help to quiet the room so that the voices of those at the center of justice struggles can be heard, respected, and reflected in strategies and successes.
Facilitator: Professor Bill Quigley, Director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center
Beats, Peeps, and Barbecue - Friday, April 5, 6pm
Join law students, area practitioners, organizers, artists, and other community members for an evening of great food, conversation, and entertainment at the home of Bill Quigley.

Featuring: Barbecue by The Joint

Social Justice Tour of New Orleans - Saturday, April 6, 11am - 4:30pm

New Orleans has a long, dark past and present of injustice, as well as an inspiring history of resilient justice fighters. Join local organizer and journalist Jordan Flaherty for a tour of the city that will bring this history to life, and highlight the people who fight daily for justice for all of our residents.

Tour leaves from Loyola College of Law, Picnic Lunch Included
Organized by:Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Sponsored by: Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, & the National Lawyer's Guild (NLG) - Loyola, NLG - Louisiana, NLG - Tulane, 


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