Yale Law Students to Hold 'Rebellious Lawyering' Conference

The tenth annual “Rebellious Lawyering” Conference -aAA- the nation’s largest student-run public interest law conference – will take place February 20-22 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 450 participants are expected to attend.

This year’s conference features panels exploring such issues as the foster care system, campaign finance reform, drug policy reform, the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, ramifications of the No Child Left Behind Act, women in prison, and university non-discrimination policies regarding military recruitment. In addition, several smaller workshops will focus on practical strategies for achieving change: how to win a class action suit, for example, and how to work with universities to improve access to new medicines for people in developing countries.

Marianne Engelman Lado, general counsel to New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, will deliver an opening address on February 20 at 6 p.m. Lado administers NYLPI’s litigation program, which focuses on disability rights, environmental justice and access to health care. She was previously a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she represented clients who were attempting to improve access to health care and quality education for impoverished people. In the late 1990s, she also organized the legal effort to save the public hospitals in New York City.

Keynote speaker Bryan A. Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and professor of law at the New York University School of Law, will speak on February 21 at 6 p.m. Stevenson represents indigent defendants, death row prisoners and juveniles who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. He works with policymakers on criminal justice reform and assists lawyers representing death row inmates by providing training materials and consultations. His many awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Thurgood Marshall Medal of Justice and the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights in Stockholm, Sweden.

Registration is free to Yale and Quinnipiac University students, faculty and affiliates; online registration for all others is $22.50. On-site registration is $25. More information, including a complete conference agenda and registration, is available online at http://islandia.law.yale.edu/reblaw/

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