Wednesday, June 5, 2013
9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
(Registration will begin at 8:30 AM; Breakfast will be served; Pre-registration is required)
The City University of New York School of Law
2 Court Square, Long Island City, New York
Registration is free. The favor of a reply is requested by Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 11:59 PM EST.
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The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.
CCR believes that social movements, and the organizations within them, are the engines of social change. CCR uses litigation proactively to advance the law in a positive direction, to empower poor communities and communities of color, to guarantee the rights of those with the fewest protections and least access to legal resources, to train the next generation of constitutional and human rights attorneys, and to strengthen the broader movement for constitutional and human rights. Our work began on behalf of civil rights activists, and over the last four decades CCR has lent its expertise and support to virtually every popular movement for social justice.
History has repeatedly taught us that the hard-won victories of yesterday can never be taken for granted. As society changes, new threats to our rights arise, even as old ones are defeated. CCR will continue defending progressive movements for social change and devising new strategies to ensure that fundamental rights are the rights of the many and not just the few.
About the Bertha Foundation
The Bertha Foundation believes that bright ideas, combined with resources and strong leadership, can create profound social impact on a local and global scale. The Foundation is committed to building the power of social activism to generate social, political, economic and environmental change. As a result, the Foundation believes in changing the world by investing in activists, lawyers, storytellers and social entrepreneurs looking to solve social problems. Ultimately, the Bertha Foundation is part of a movement addressing large scale social problems in groundbreaking ways.
The Bertha Social Justice Institute
From understanding history and theories of social change, to navigating the courts and the media, to drafting legislation and litigation on behalf of individuals and organizations—being a movement lawyer requires more skills than ever before. Despite growing demands, there are few resources and trainings dedicated to law students and lawyers committed to social justice.
To meet this need, CCR launched the Bertha Social Justice Institute (SJI), an innovative training institute, to build the next generation of people’s lawyers. The SJI supports existing and aspiring lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, internships, regional conferences, international exchanges, national training institutes and movement strategy sessions.
The SJI is part of the new Bertha Justice Network, a global initiative connecting innovative human rights legal organizations from around the world. Aided by CCR’s connection to the network, we are preparing talented and creative law students and lawyers to work on behalf of communities, grassroots groups and social movements around the world. Along with supporting lawyers in the U.S., the SJI partners with legal organizations across the world—in Haiti, Palestine, India, Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Europe—to build strategic partnerships, opportunities and experiences amongst social justice lawyers globally.