Public Interest Events and Activities


The Liman Public Interest Colloquium

The Liman Center sponsors an annual Public Interest Law Colloquium, bringing together advocates, scholars, and students from across the country for two days of discussion. Colloquia have addressed many topics, including: the federal funding of legal services, encountering the criminal law, low-wage workers and workfare, the challenges of becoming and staying a public interest lawyer, the role of mass media in public interest advocacy, public interest lawyering, and public interest advocacy at the state and local level in an era of high anxiety.

The Twenty-first Annual Liman Colloquium

Who Pays? Fines, Fees, Bail, and the Cost of Courts

April 5-6, 2018

Yale Law School

The Liman Public Interest Colloquium

The Liman Project

The Liman Project in the fall and spring provides an opportunity for YLS students to work together with faculty on research and advocacy around specific issues related to detention and access to justice. This year, our projects address the use of isolation in prisons and regulations surrounding the practice, prosecutorial misconduct, conditions of confinement for women in prison, the use of risk assessments in parole determinations, and the fines and fees associated with criminal prosecution. If interested, please contact Anna VanCleave, Liman Program Director, at [email protected] or (203) 436-3520.

The Liman Project

Liman Public Interest Workshop

During the academic year, the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law sponsors a Public Interest Workshop, which is a weekly seminar where students, faculty, and practitioners meet to discuss emerging issues of theory and advocacy. The Workshop is open to all law students and interested undergraduates at Yale College, and provides opportunities for students working across the public interest spectrum to discuss issues of social justice. The Spring 2018 workshop, Rationing Access to Justice in Democracies: Fines, Fees, and Bail, will consider the resources of courts and their users, to reflect on whether constitutional democracies have obligations to subsidize both judiciaries and litigants in order to understand more about what "access to justice" could and does mean.

Liman Public Interest Workshop