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Yale Law Students To Hold Rebellious Lawyering Conference

Yale Law Students To Hold Rebellious Lawyering Conference

The tenth annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference--the nation's largest student-run public interest law conference--will take place February 20-22 at Yale Law School.

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 450 participants are expected to attend.

This year's conference features panels exploring such issues as the foster care system, campaign finance reform, drug policy reform, the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, ramifications of the No Child Left Behind Act, women in prison, and university non-discrimination policies regarding military recruitment. In addition, several smaller workshops will focus on practical strategies for achieving change: how to win a class action suit, for example, or how to work with universities to improve access to new medicines for people in developing countries.

An opening address will be given by Marianne Engelman Lado, general counsel to New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, on Friday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. Lado administers NYLPI?s litigation program, which focuses on issues of disability rights, environmental justice, and access to health care. Lado was previously a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she represented clients who were attempting to improve access to health care and quality education for impoverished people. She was responsible for developing a health care docket aimed at addressing the scarcity of resources in medically underserved communities, the discriminatory practices in nursing homes and other health care organizations, and the lack of access to reproductive health services. In the late 1990s, she also organized the legal effort to save the public hospitals in New York City.

Keynote speaker Bryan A. Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and professor of law at the New York University School of Law, will speak on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. Stevenson represents indigent defendants, death row prisoners, and juveniles who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. He also works with policymakers on criminal justice reform and assists lawyers representing death row inmates by providing training materials and consultations. Prior to his work with the Equal Justice Initiative, he represented death row inmates at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center. He has received numerous awards for his work in this area, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Thurgood Marshall Medal of Justice, and the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights in Stockholm, Sweden.

Registration is free to Yale and Quinnipiac students and affiliates; online registration for all others is $22.50. On-site registration is $25. More information, including a complete conference agenda and registration, is available online.