People's Law Conference: Social Justice Lawyering in the South (New Orleans, LA)


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Join law students from across the deep South for a two-day conference that roots the practice and study of law in social justice principles and experience. This conference will highlight the struggles of peoples and communities who are neglected and criminalized in casebooks and law classrooms, including communities of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ communities. 

We will learn from and grow networks with elders, youth, and fellow students who are waging justice in the streets and in the courts.

We will share knowledge and strategies for supporting communities and movements as they struggle against environmental injustice, lack of access to housing and education, and oppressive policing and incarceration practices.

We will think collectively about the role of law students and lawyers in social justice work, and how we can support ourselves, each other, and the people at the center of these struggles.

On-line registration is no longer available. On-site registration will be availible.

All events are located at: First Grace Methodist Church, 3401 Canal Street

Conference Schedule

Friday, March 23rd:
·         Noon: Lunch and Registration
·         1:00: Criminal Justice -- Incarceration: Re-entry and Civil Rights: Former Prisoners’ Struggle for Self-Empowerment in Louisiana
·         2:30:Break
·         3:00: Immigrant Justice: No One Is Illegal: Strengthening Immigrants’ Rights through Litigation and Community Organizing
·         4:00: Human Rights: Rebuilding with Dignity and Justice: Strategies from Haiti and the U.S. Gulf South
·         5:00: Break
·         6:15: Social Event: Catch Dat Beat: Dinner and Music with Baby Boyz Brass Band
Saturday, March 24th:
·         8:30: Breakfast
·         9:00: CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Ø Financial Survival: Creating a Sustainable Social Justice Lawyering Career
Ø Integration of Extracurricular Access to Justice Programs at Law Schools, presented by University of Tennessee students
·         10:15:  Break
·         10:30: CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Ø Stand Up For Each Other! (SUFEO!) A collaboration of Loyola and Tulane law students, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL), and Young Adults Striving for Success (YASS)
Ø LGBTQ Liberation Struggles in a Politically Conservative Climate presented by LSU students and Louisiana community group leaders
·         12:00: Keynote and Lunch- The Audacity to Make Change Happen- Judy Browne, Advancement Project
·         1:00: Criminal Justice—Law Enforcement Tactics and Prosecution: 21st Century McCarthyism, COINTELPRO, and Dissent: Defending Movements and Communities from Profiling, Agents Provocateurs, and Overzealous Prosecution **NEW TIME!**
·         3:00: Break
·         3:30: Criminal Justice —Race, Class, & LGBTQ: Fighting (and Winning!) in the Courts, on the Hill, and in the Media: Strategies from the Campaign against Louisiana’s Solicitation of Crimes Against Nature Law **NEW TIME!*
·         5:00 Conclusion
To request an interpreter, please email

Housing Accommodations (Options) 

1.  There will be home hospitality available with local law students.  Please email to request home hospitality over the PLC weekend. 
2.  There is a hostel (Marquette House) with affordable rooms:
If you are interested in sharing a hotel room with another law student attending the conference, email and we will do our best to make introductions via email. 

The People's Law Conference is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation, The Gillis Long Poverty Center, the Center for Constitutional Rights, SALT, National Lawyers Guild: Tulane, Loyola New Orleans, NLG Southern Region, and Louisiana Chapters, Loyola New Orleans LAMDA, and BLSA, A.P. Tureaud Chapter at Loyola New Orleans.

Faculty Advisors: Bill Quigley & Davida Finger

For more information, email


Artwork: Bruce Reilly and Emily Turner

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March 20, 2012