Event Explores Ways In Which Lawyers Can Use ‘Rebellious Spirit’ To Create Change

Juvenile justice, segregation and school reform, reducing drug crime without putting people in prison, and Muslim Americans and the legal professions are among the topics that will be addressed at the 16th annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, held at the Law School Friday-Sunday, Feb. 19-21.

The student-run conference brings together practitioners, law students and community activists from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change.

“What’s exciting about RebLaw is that it reaches beyond the borders of our school to bring in students from all over who share a vision of a more just world,” says conference co-director Elizabeth Compa ‘11. “They come together, then disperse back to their respective schools and onward in their careers, building a network of lawyers dedicated to the rebellious spirit of progressive and public interest work.”

Keynote speakers will be Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and professor of law at the New York University School of Law; Lani Guinier ‘74, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; and Gerald Torres ‘77, the Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas-Austin School of Law.

For complete details about the Rebellious Lawyering Conference, as well as online registration, visit http://islandia.law.yale.edu/reblaw. Registration is free for members of the Yale, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven and Quinnipiac communities, and $30 for others.

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