Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Robert Cover Public Interest Law Retreat March 2-4 in New Hampshire

The 20th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat will be held March 2-4, 2007, at Boston University's Sargent Center in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The retreat honors the vision of Yale Law School Professor and social change activist Robert Cover by bringing together a dynamic group of progressive practitioners, public interest-minded law students and their teachers to share and develop individual and collective strategies for achieving social justice.

This year's retreat, "Lawyering for Social Change," will explore the many approaches to progressive lawyering in the public interest. Panel discussions, workshops and informal exchanges will present and explore the strategies and merits of various methods employed by public interest lawyers to achieve social change. 

Among the topics to be included are direct legal services; impact litigation and class actions; community organizing and education; issue-oriented lobbying; policy formation and law reform in government; law teaching; and creative and original projects in the nonprofit sector.

A number of sessions will also tackle the practical realities of starting a career in the public interest, including finding fellowships, getting training and managing a healthy work-life balance.