Yale Law School Hosts "Rebellious Lawyering" Conference

The sixth annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will be held at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, February 25 through 27.

This year’s conference explores “Innovative Advocacy for a New Millennium.” Practitioners, law students, community activists and advocates from around the country will gather to discuss innovative and progressive approaches to law and social change. Members of the media are welcome to cover the event.

Panels will explore asylum law, environmental justice, the death penalty and welfare reform, focusing on non-traditional methods of legal and quasi-legal representation, including grass-roots organizing and alternative approaches to impact litigation, direct services and criminal defense.

An opening address will be given on February 25 at 6 p.m. by Gerald P. Lopez, professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, and author of “Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice.” The title of his book was the original inspiration for the rebellious lawyering conference.

This year’s keynote speaker is Peter Neufeld, who co-founded and directs “The Innocence Project,” which currently represents more than two hundred inmates seeking post-conviction release through DNA testing. In its five years of existence, The Innocence Project has been responsible, in whole or in part, for exonerating more than 38 clients. Neufeld will speak on February 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The registration fee for the conference is $15; the fee may be waived in cases of hardship. Housing is available for student attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year’s Rebellious Lawyering Conference is sponsored by the following Yale Law School organizations: the Black Law Students’ Association; the Collective on Women of Color in the Law; the Latino Law Students’ Association; the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Law Students’ Association; the Pacific Islander, Asian and Native American Law Students’ Association; the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights; the South Asian Law Students; the Yale Environmental Law Association; the Yale Health Law Society; the Yale Law School Career Development Office; the Yale Law and Technology Society; and Yale Law Women. It is also sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Inequality and Politics of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale.

Pre-registration is required. An online registration form is available at www.reblaw.org. For further information, call the Rebellious Lawyering Conference at 203-432-4858, or email andrea.marsh@yale.edu.

A conference schedule is posted at www.reblaw.org .

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Gila Reinstein: gila.reinstein@yale.edu, 203-432-1325