Yale Law Students Hold "Rebellious Lawyering" Conference

The seventh annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference-the nation’s largest student-run public interest law conference-will take place February 16-18, at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street.

Rebellious Lawyering brings together practitioners, law students and community activists from across the United States and Canada to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. About 500 participants are expected to attend.

This year’s conference features panels exploring such issues as racial profiling, animal rights, transgender issues, child welfare, the death penalty, human rights, reproductive rights, suburban sprawl, educational equity and the drug war. In addition, several smaller workshops focus on strategic and tactical issues of interest to advocates and activists, including community organizing, funding public interest organizations and careers and advocacy against large corporations.

An opening address will be given by Professor Chai Feldblum of the Georgetown University School of Law. Feldblum is a noted civil rights advocate who was instrumental in drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act and has played a lead role in the push for anti-discrimination legislation protecting gays and lesbians. Her address, “Gay Rights in the New Millennium,” will be given on February 16 at 6 p.m.

Keynote speaker Tom Saenz, the National Senior Counsel for the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), will give a lecture on February 17 at 5:30 p.m. Saenz oversees MALDEF’s national strategic litigation plan to expand access to higher education for Latinos. He has been involved in a range of civil rights advocacy efforts, including serving as MALDEF’s lead counsel in its challenge to California’s Proposition 187, which denied certain public services to those suspected of being illegal immigrants, and in two court challenges to Proposition 227, an English-only education initiative.

More information, including a complete conference agenda, is available on line at www.yale.edu/lawweb/lawschool/newsfp.htm.

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