Monday, January 11, 2010

Rebellious Lawyering Conference February 19-21: Rabble? Meet Rouser

The 16th annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will be held Friday, February 19, through Sunday, February 21, at Yale Law School. The student-run conference brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates 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,” said 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.”

Panel discussions throughout the weekend will cover such topics as juvenile justice, segregation and school reform, organized labor, reducing drug crime without putting people in prison, the experiences of LGBT prisoners, and Muslim Americans and the legal profession.

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, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; and Gerald Torres ’77, Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Registration is free for members of the Yale, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, and Quinnipiac communities and $30 for others.