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Yale Law Students to Host 'Rebellious Lawyering' Conference, Feb. 18-20

The "Rebellious Lawyering" Conference -- the nation's largest student-run public interest law conference -- will take place February 18-20 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 500 participants are expected to attend.

This year's conference features panels exploring such issues as the constitutionality of the death penalty, disability rights, activism opposing industrial farming, and school choice and desegregation. In addition, several smaller workshops will focus on practical strategies for achieving change: how to use the media to further public interest goals, for example, and how to create a social change network.

The conference will open with a discussion and video presentation titled "Video as Advocacy: Social Change through Documentary Filmmaking," at 7:00 p.m. on February 18. The speakers will be Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, founders of Off Center Productions, a media advocacy and documentary production company, and Hakima Abbas, program associate for Africa and the Middle East at Witness, a human rights program that encourages local activists to use video to expose human rights abuses. The Kunstlers produced "Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War," a short video documentary that exposed a racist drug sting. Abbas has worked on a number of film-making projects focused on issues of concern to Black British communities.

Keynote speaker Paul Butler, professor of law at George Washington University School of Law, will speak on February 19 at 6:30 p.m. Butler teaches in the areas of criminal law, civil rights, and jurisprudence. His recent publications have included "Much Respect: Toward a Hip-Hop Theory of Punishment" and "By Any Means Necessary: Using Violence and Subversion to Change Unjust Law." He previously served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecuted public corruption, drug, and gun cases.

Registration for the conference is free to Yale and Quinnipiac University students, faculty and affiliates; online registration for all others is $30. More information, including a complete conference agenda and registration, is available online here.